Company launches batteries that charge via USB

— 2:52 PM on September 19, 2006

Manufacturers all over the world are trying to shove anything and everything into our USB ports these days, from USB deco lights to USB heating gloves. A company called USBCell has come up with an unusual USB invention that actually looks quite useful, though: USB-chargeable AA batteries. Most self-respecting geeks already own one or more battery chargers, but such devices can be cumbersome to carry on a trip and especially abroad where they might require a power adaptor. USBCell batteries have no such limitation, and charge by plugging straight into a USB port. The batteries are currently only available in the United Kingdom for £12.99 a pair (equivalent to around $20 with the country's Value Added Tax taken out,) but users outside Britain can register their interest and be placed on a pre-order list. USBCell is also planning AAA, 9V, and cell phone versions of its batteries. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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