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by Ben Piper September 21, 2006 - 11:38am, No Comments

USBCELL batteries plugged-in

A new model of rechargeable battery allows users to replenish battery life simply by plugging in to available computer USB ports.

In a world where laptop-toting is increasingly becoming common practice, the notion of a dead battery may be on the way out. USBCELL, a U.K. based company has released rechargeable batteries that, once drained, can be connected directly into the USB port of any computer. The ingenious devices are designed such that the positive terminal flips back to reveal a USB plug.

Unlike the bulky chargers that predate the USBCELL battery, there are no cables or wires necessary, which means a lot less hassle. The AA models are first to enter the market ($24 for a two-pack), but USBCELL plans to release 9v and AAA USB-chargeable batteries as well. Also in the works are battery packs for cell phones, digital cameras, and other portable devices.

The USBCELL AA battery must be plugged in for 5 hours to completely charge. One important and currently unanswered question is how long the batteries will retain their charge after having been removed from a USB port. If users can be promised substantial battery longevity, we may be saying goodbye to the dead battery forever.

[via engadget]