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Published on January 13th, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz


ZipCharge Power Stick Recharges in 10 Minutes

January 13th, 2009 by  


if you’re like me, you’ve probably been caught numerous times with a dying cell phone and no outlet in site. That’s when a product like Freeplay’s ZipCharge comes in handy. You may remember Freeplay for inventing the world’s first hand-cranked wind-up radio in 1996. Now the company is back with a sleek hand-held rechargeable power stick. The ZipCharge, which debuted last week at the Consumer Electronics Show, takes only ten minutes to power up with enough juice for an iPod or cell phone.

The ZipCharge uses a nano-phosphate lithium cell (technology initially designed for hybrid cars) combined with intelligent circuitry for fast charging.

Freeplay’s handy little device also comes with a USB port and multiple adapter tips—and it’s compatible with over 85% of phones.

The ZipCharge goes on sale in March 2009 for $80.

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About the Author

was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

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