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Nectar mobile fuel-cell power system now available for pre-order

On paper, the Nectar Power system is both awesome and ludicrous. This is essentially a keychain-dongle USB power solution for super-sized keychains. You carry it around and charge your iPhone or other USB devices as needed.

Let##Q##s start with the ludicrous, which is the price. The unit is now available for pre-order from Brookstone and will retail for (wait for it…) US$300.

Individual “power pods,” used to generate the power, will cost $10 each. An extended warranty adds another $40 for two years, or $50 for three years. Gift wrap alone adds another $7.

So why are we so ridiculously excited about this? It##Q##s simple.

First, there##Q##s the technology. The Nectar is a butane-powered Solid Oxide Fuel Cell solution. It##Q##s like we really are living in the future. Each pod can supply power for about a dozen full charges, or as the product site says, about two weeks of power without outlets.

Second, there##Q##s the size factor, which is impressively small. The gadget is a slick-looking chrome and black, with a satisfyingly Brookstone design aesthetic.

But most important, the one thing that really makes this the device for any would-be James Bond type, is that it allows you to go completely off grid for extended periods of time without having to attach a solar grid to your backpack. Gilligan and the professor wouldn##Q##t have to make power supplies out of coconuts.

The Nectar Power system looks like a sleek, slick solution for people who have the money and aren##Q##t afraid to use it as both a beautiful and practical toy.

We can##Q##t wait to try it out. The Nectar ships Sept. 11, 2013.