Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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So...I'm going to ride my bike to work to save on fuel but use hydrogen "gas" to power my light?
Alright, alright, that's not fair, a lot of people just bike for fun - to be honest, environmental side effects are just a plus for me, not my real motivation to ride.
But even so, I don't really want one. Electricity comes to my home via wires and I don't have to do anything - I just plug in the battery and recharge it. That's it - I don't have to go to the store, don't have to order something online, etc etc. Heck, I always eat fresh fruits/vegetables at the cafeteria because then I don't have to go to the store before going home, and I don't have to throw food out every week because I didn't get around to eating the lettuce or something.
And a fuel cell powered light would be exactly the same - you always end up needing to order more, and since you can't recharge it you always have to carry a spare and stop and change them when they run out. Or - you end up throwing out a lot of half-used ones so you don't have to change the cell in the middle of a ride.
I don't know if we'll see them on bike stuff - we might with weight-weenie racing and such eventually (at the moment that thing only provides a usb amount of power - not a lot I don't think). But I think it would be more annoying than my current battery lights. I don't relish the idea of constantly spending money on new cartridges either - it's pretty impossible to believe they'll be anywhere near as cheap as electricity.