ISPO Show Munich 2012

Over the next few days the outdoor press will be buzzing with all things new in the outdoor world.

ISPO in Munich Germany is the leading international sports business trade show with over 2,200 international exhibitors and more than 80,000 visitors from over 100 countries.

Rohantime can’t cover all that. But will have a go at regular updates with all the weird and wonderful stuff that doesn’t make it into the main line outdoor press during the show.

This is by way of a starter taken from a press release and something I saw on my way into the show on Sunday…

Trash art for clean oceans

A group of artists, Skeleton Sea strive to raise environmental awareness, these works are from the « Keep our Oceans Clean » campaign at ISPO MUNICH. The striking pieces are on display near the East entrance .

Trash art for clean oceans

Having checked out Skelton Sea, and very impressive it was I made my way over to the PowerTrekk stand to check out what seems like the ultimate outdoor charging solution.

Swedish fuel cell technology company, myFC, is bringing the world’s first portable hydrogen fuel cell charger to market. It’s called PowerTrekk and it’s aimed at outdoor enthusiasts who spend time away from the electricity grid.

Powertrekk

It’s actually a 2-in-1 charging solution combining a fuel cell and a portable battery pack. The PowerTrekk Power Puck fuel cell converts hydrogen into electricity. The puck remains dormant until water is poured into the fuel cell’s water tank – approximately a tablespoon is needed. The chemical process instantly creates 5W of electricity which can charge any USB chargeable electronic equipment. To give you an idea, a puck has enough power to charge an iPhone twice before it becomes spent.

The PowerTrekk unit also includes a standard 1500mAh battery which can be charged via a power outlet or via the fuel cell. It can therefore operate on its own as a ready source of power or serve as a storage buffer for the fuel cell.

It seems like the ultimate outdoor charging solution. On the one hand, you have the 1500mAh battery, which is slow to charge, but has the benefit of longer term electricity storage. On the other hand, you have the fuel cell which can provide immediate charging from dormancy, but has to be utilised immediately, unless of course, you don’t charge your USB device, but the PowerTrekk’s 1500mAh battery instead.Powertrekk charger and puck

Pucks come in 3-packs and cost €1.99 per puck. The entire PowerTrekk unit costs €199 and sales start in Europe, the US and Japan in the spring of 2012. I need one. I’m not sure what for yet, but I do.

 

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