Keep Your iPhone Charged For Two Weeks With The Lilliputian Portable Fuel Cell


If you’re looking for a portable power solution that lasts for up to two weeks, the Lilliputian USB Portable Fuel Cell is the latest and greatest product in portable chargers. Unlike conventional portable chargers, this device uses butane-filled cartridges to provide a charge to various USB devices.

On behalf of Lilliputian Systems, U.S. retailer Brookstone (the closest one to Vancouver is Alderwood Mall, outside of Seattle) is selling this new portable battery solution for smartphones. According to reports, the device can charge a smartphone up to a dozen times before requiring a charge. The device is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and the included cartridges are the size of a cigarette lighter (actually the entire device looks like a cigarette lighter).

The portable charger will charge any device that has a USB cable and the device uses reloadable cartridges containing butane to provide power. Once depleted, users can purchase refills online through Brookstone or at other retailers that may carry the product (currently in negotiation). The idea behind the charger and using butane fuel cells is very interesting, as the charger is truly portable and does not need to be plugged into a wall outlet.

According to the manufactuer, the device will be able to charge an iPhone 4 between 10 and 14 times with one cartridge, which can work out to approximatly one or two weeks of use for most users.

While pricing for the charger has not yet been disclosed, the reloadable cartridges will reportedly cost between $3-$5. At this time only Brookstone is an official retailer but the company is seeking additional distribution channels. With an expected release date later this year, the device is not yet available in Canada but may be in the near future.

[CNET via Lilliputian Systems]


  • NotImpressed

    This is dumb! It costs me nothing to charge my phone in the car, at work or at home, yet they want to put a price on recharging my phone. To buy a recharge costs $3-5 and unless they make them refillable using a can of butane I will never use it, because I will never buy the recharge packs…

    So now I run out of juice, unless I have a stock of these at home I am going to have to order online, wait 3-5 (maybe more) business days then finally I can recharge my device on the go? My money is better spent on a solar charger…

  • einsteinbqat

    There is no way in heaven, hell or earth that you will ever get that on a plane! LOL!

  • Ex

    Apparently it’s cleared for airplane use!

  • einsteinbqat

    REALLY? o__O

  • Rio

    it may not suit your needs but I know plenty of people that would find this to be a life saver. 

    The world doesn’t revolve around you unfortunately.

  • Joelb 980

    I would buy one for sure. Not to be used as my normal charger, but for camping, hiking trip where signals are bad, sucking more battery, using GPS in those cases needs more battery, and then no where to plug in…

    Perfect option.

  • Mac

    U should be able to refill with butane lighter fluid that u buy in the can. Then it would be worth it.

  • MillsLula39

    as Tammy said I am blown away that somone can make $9020 in 4 weeks on the computer. did you see this webpage===>>?? 

  • Adamo447

    What about waste from the butane?

  • Don

    You took the words right out of my mouth, what an a-hole. Just because it doesn’t suit there needs doesn’t mean someone else won’t have use for it.  It’s pretty simple really, if you don’t like it then don’t buy it. No need to write two paragraphs on why you don’t need it, nobody cares.