New High-Tech Devices For Modern Adventurers
Let’s imagine you are on a long and dangerous adventure. Your expedition involves navigating deep forests, rock climbing, exploring rock formations in mysterious caves located on mountain tops, and more.
You know you will run out of supplies and equipment like phones and cameras will require charging several times during the trip. You may live off the land, but how will you ensure that drinking water from a stream or river is pure? And, how will you find power for your electrical chargers? Here are two devices that can help:
1. UV Portable Water Purifiers
Portable water purifiers are pen-shaped purifying systems that deliver 100 liters of pure water by working on 4 AA lithium batteries. Adventurers and explorers can gather water from any natural source and immerse the purifier into it. They then have to push a button to activate the device and stir it to purify the water.
Immersion for about 90 seconds or so purifies about 1 liter of water (32 oz).
These devices work by passing light through the cells of the microbes in the water. Almost all water germs are single-celled. The light passes through their cell and kills it. However, these devices will not work if the water contains sediments or too many germs. Therefore, explorers should use such purifiers on water collected from “reasonably clean” sources.
2. Water-Powered Fuel Cell Charger
Mobile chargers that operate on water-based fuel cell technology are revolutionary products that are helping adventurers and explorers stay in touch with that part of the world that is on-grid. Such chargers produce adequate electricity to charge a smartphone or camera.
So, what does the explorer have to do? Simply add ordinary water in the device – no grid connection is required. The explorer has to add water in the provided place and then add a fuel cell puck, and that’s it. The device can then generate enough electricity to charge a smartphone.
A fuel cell contains 2 electrodes (1 positive, 1 negative). The positive electrode is called the anode and the negative electrode is referred to as the cathode. It also contains an electrolyte, which transports charged particles between the two electrodes, and a catalyst, which hastens the reactions at the electrodes. The hydrogen atoms from the water enter at the anode’s location and a chemical process separates them from their electrons. The “ionized” hydrogen atoms now carry a positive electrical charge. Negatively-charged electrons work by supplying the electrical current through wires.
That’s what happens inside a portable water-powered fuel cell-based mobile charger. Such chargers can be charged from a power socket too.
A few years back adventurers were wishing for products like these; today, the products are a reality. So, what should explorers expect now – an inflatable hot air balloon that can carry one person, a device that converts grass into an edible, tasty dish, a backpack that can double up as a tent, shoes that allow mountain climbers to grip rocks, or something else? Human imagination is wild and science is even wilder. Even explorers are unsure of the kind of gadget that will find them in the future!
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Blogger Jeffrey B. Cain lives in Montana, is an adventurer at heart and loves to write about his experiences and technology surrounding this subject matter.