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Freeplay Launches ZipCharge Mobile Power Accessory

January 13, 2009 by Jeff Shepard

Freeplay Energy announced the launch of the ZipCharge™ mobile power accessory – a pocket-sized product that will store enough power in just 10 minutes to fully charge a mobile phone, iPod™ or other portable device. The ZipCharge can store enough power to charge a phone to at least 50% in only five minutes, with similar numbers for the iPod.

Key benefits include: a female USB output connector; a cable with a range of adapter tips so the ZipCharge works out of the box and is compatible with more than 85% of phones (Apple connector also included); and an in-line charge function enabling the ZipCharge to act as a universal mains charger.

David Floyd, Freeplay’s Managing Director said, "The ZipCharge range is an awful long way away from the world’s very first wind up radio that we developed back in 1996, but I’m pleased to say that at Freeplay we are back to our innovative best and this is only the first of a raft of exciting new products for 2009."

The ZipCharge combines nano-particle battery technology developed initially for hybrid automotive applications with an ultra-fast intelligent charge circuitry. The cell inside the ZipCharge can be charged and discharged over 2000 times (equivalent to over 5 years of daily usage) at 4 times the speed of a standard lithium cell and without any loss of performance. Furthermore, the current controlled output to intelligent tips offers enhanced compatibility with over 85% of the installed base of mobile phones. Tips supplied include Nokia, iPhone/iPod, Samsung, Blackberry, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, LG, HTC plus a mini USB for other portable devices.

"Freeplay has always been positioned as a provider of energy solutions for mobile or remote applications." said Richard Wharton, Commercial Director at Freeplay. "to this end, significant investment has been made over the last 2 years into new technologies which exponentially broaden the needs, applications and product categories that we can address both in emerged and emerging markets. It’s nice to be ahead of the curve again".