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Gadget Stimulus Plan Day 12: Medis 24/7 Xtreme Fuel Cell Chargers



xtreme-portable-chargerWe’re trying to close your gadget deficit while the economy’s in the dumps with the Gadget Stimulus Plan. Today we’re giving away three Medis 24/7 Xtreme Fuel Cell Chargers. This is the first fuel cell system designed for consumers and works with just about any mobile phone, iPod or other small mobile device.

The kits include a fuel cell that can charge a phone up to six times. Replacement fuel cells cost $19.99, which is too expensive to use on a regular basis. I recommend picking one of these up and keeping it in your emergency kit in case you’re faced with an extended power outage or other disaster.

These fuel cells are FAA approved, which means you can use them on long flights.

The Medis Xtrreme 24/7 Xtreme Fuel Cell kit costs $34.95 and can be found at and other major retailers.

There are three ways to enter to win the three Medis fuel cell kits. You may enter once in each of the three ways. A winner will be chosen from each site.

1) Leave a comment on this article (below) and tell us your worst ‘out of battery’ experience. What happened and how did it affect you?
2) Leave a comment on this article and tell us what electronics you have in your emergency preparedness kit? If you don’t have any gadgets in case of an emergency, which gadgets would you add to it if money weren’t an issue?

3) Go to and join the Medis Technologies fan page. Leave a message mentioning the “Gadget Stimulus Plan.”

You have until Thursday, April 9 at 8pm PDT to enter. We’ll assign every entry a number and use to randomly draw a winner.

This contest is open to residents of the U.S., as long as participating in contests like this are legal in your hometown. It’s your responsibility to check local laws and regulations. Those who enter more times than allowed will be disqualified. The winner will be notified by either email (if random comment is chosen) or via Facebook (if random tweet is chosen. He/she will have 48 hours to claim the prize and provide shipping info.



  1. Corinne

    04/02/2009 at 12:08 am

    Well, my worst experience was on my second day of work at my new job (at the time). It was 2 hours from where I lived so I had to take a bus. Of course, I missed the bus, and my ride had already left.

    I forgot to charge my cell, so I had to walk 6 miles back home. Get driven another 30 miles to the train station, and then ride the train for 2 and a half hours to work.

    Let’s just say I was a bit grumpy.

  2. Michael Anderson

    04/02/2009 at 5:59 am

    Mine was on vacation … I had loaded directions and contacts into my Psion Revo and left paper stuff at home. But forgot to remove all my weekly meetings due to vacation … over the week my battery died and I was left without needed info! This was before widespread ‘net hookups.

  3. Clayton

    04/02/2009 at 6:25 am

    Well, it was probably some incident where my laptop ran out of juice while I was trying to get information for a frantic person on the other end of the phone…

    However I can’t seem to remember the specifics. It must have been so awful that I repressed the memory. XD

    So the next worse thing would probably be having to sit somewhere bored without my ipod. I’ve never owned a cell phone.

  4. Ken

    04/02/2009 at 7:23 am

    I’ve been having problems lately with my cell phone charging. I set it up at night and just grab it and go in the morning. Later when I go to use my phone, I realize it did not charge up overnight.

  5. G.Smith

    04/02/2009 at 9:22 am

    I guess my worst experience was the time I was abducted my aliens and my digital camera batteries died before I could document the experience. Don’t you just hate when things like that happen. ;-)

  6. Linda

    04/02/2009 at 1:43 pm

    My worst out of power experience was when I got cut off just before my friend told me where to meet her. I had no idea so I had to find a pay phone to call her.

  7. Andrew

    04/02/2009 at 5:00 pm

    I haven’t had any particularly bad experiences with batteries running out. The biggest problems I’ve had are with my camera, which uses AA batteries and really eats them using flash, and my Duracell NiMH AA’s, which don’t hold a charge well.

  8. Benz145

    04/02/2009 at 7:16 pm

    Can’t say I’ve had any bad out of battery stories. The worst I suppose is just being out of juice on an airplane and being bored! I’d love to get one of these fuel cells to have for some backpacking this summer to make sure that I can get my web fix after a day of hiking : )

  9. Paul Gillespie

    04/02/2009 at 8:51 pm

    Worst experience: Decided to show my boss how productive I could be working in a coffee shop (out of the office). Forgot my charger but figured “no big deal – battery will get me 2-3 hours”.

    30 minutes later I was out of juice, right in the middle of a contract summary I was writing (luckily it hibernated me). Productive…yeah. After I headed back to the office with a double espresso in hand. :)

  10. Gregory

    04/02/2009 at 11:40 pm

    oh, where to begin…i don’t know if i’ve ever experienced a world changing, catastrophic loss of power but I can’t tell you how many times i’ve been in a meeting, on my way home from work, getting off a plane etc. and i take out my phone and i’ve got 10% battery left. Or when I just need that one piece of info about a location or a phone number and I can’t get my phone to stay on long enough to get there…

  11. Michael Wilson

    04/03/2009 at 12:38 am

    Running out of camera battery during an important business event. Also having the wrong charger for a week road trip was not fun.

  12. Gary

    04/03/2009 at 4:13 am

    I was on the phone with the Powerball director and heard, the numbers tonight will be 3…, and then the battery died. Oh well, easy come easy go.

  13. SFrick

    04/03/2009 at 7:43 am

    I always carry a 2nd battery for my phone and I’m always lising those little suckers. I think they have built in coding that provides stealth like cloaking and GPS to find their way underground to battery park.

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