Back in 2005, Gadling Alumnus Erik Olson wrote a piece about advances in pee powered battery technology.
I’m sure many of you have been awaiting the moment that these new batteries would finally become available for the masses.
That moment has finally arrived!
The NoPoPo battery cells (Non Pollution Power) come in packs of 2, and each set includes a small pipette. The batteries are rechargeable, but only between 5 and 10 times, depending on how you use them. They are capable of delivering about 500mAh, which is only enough to power simple devices like a radio or alarm clock.
Thankfully, pee is not the only liquid you can use to recharge these cells, they’ll also take juice, coffee, tea and plain water. Naturally, a product like this can only come from Japan, where there is clearly a huge demand for batteries that can be recharged by peeing into them.
If you really need access to pee power, or just want one for the fun of it, you can pick up a pack of 2 AA’s for the totally unreasonable price of $15.
All joking aside, given the poor state of battery technology, any development like this should be applauded and I can certainly see the NoPoPo batteries being quite handy on a trip where you don’t have immediate access to a charger.