Design and manufacturing company, MotionTouch, recently announced the initial version of its new environmentally-friendly product, “Powcell,” a light-powered mobile phone charger designed for mobile brands including the Apple (News - Alert) iPhone series and Blackberry devices.
Powcell has an internal battery which includes a solar panel that uses light to charge the unit, even when the sleeve is removed from the phone.
The Powcell sleeve slides onto the back of a mobile phone handset not only making the product environmentally-friendly, but also continuously keeping the phone charged thereby, reducing the chance of a low battery.
According to Henry Powell, client director of MotionTouch, "Dispensing with the need for plug-in chargers makes Powcell a ground-breaking eco-product. And the ability to provide power for that crucial call, even when your phone is flat, makes it an essential accessory. We are very excited to have been so involved in this unique product that could change the future of mobile technology."
When designing the initial device, the company said focus was placed on the high quality solar panel that allows the sleeve to charge effectively. Powcell's large solar panel provides the greatest surface area for light-capture and maximizes its efficiency, including working in some ambient light conditions.
Also, the team had to design an efficient power management and distribution system to pass the power from the sleeve to the phone.
"We've designed the Powcell sleeve to integrate seamlessly with the iPhone (News - Alert) 3G and the new 3GS. The unique design shines a light on the future of eco-friendly portable charging solutions. This exciting technology is completely transferable and can be adapted to suit almost all battery operated devices, which has attracted the attention of some of the world's largest consumer electronic manufacturers,” said Chris Simmons, sales director at Powcell.
Simmons also said the company has plans to integrate this technology into mobile devices in the near future. Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi