CES 2013: The First Practical Personal Fuel Cell

It's not going to replace your home outlet, but for campers or anyone who wants to venture a little bit off the grid, the Nectar fuel cell looks like a solid option.

Nectar Fuel Cell

Benny Migliorino

We love the potential of fuel cells, no matter what type of fuel they use. So we were excited to try out the Nectar, a butane fuel cell that'll be available from Brookstone. It's got enough juice to charge up your phone for about two weeks before you have to pop in a new fuel cell, and yet it's the size and weight of an electric battery pack with a tenth the power. Our big concern with it is environmental; it's not user-refillable, and the cells ($10 each) aren't recyclable. But it's a promising and very cool first step. Check out the video below.

Video by Benny Migliorino.