Moixa launches USB rechargeable batteries

Portable energy firm Moixa has launched an AA battery that can be charged from any USB port.

The USBCell is the same size as a regular AA battery, but features a standard USB connector at the top covered by a cap. To recharge the unit, all the user needs to do is plug it into a powered USB port.

USBCell is currently available in the AA format only, but a full range of standard battery types will be available in the new year. Batteries for popular phones and cameras are also in the pipeline.

The unit offers about 30-40 per cent less capacity than a standard rechargeable battery, according to Moixa, owing to the space required to accommodate the USB plug.

The batteries are rated for 500 recharge cycles and only exhibit a slight memory effect. According to Moixa, after a year’s typical use capacity will only decrease by about five per cent due to partial recharging.

A pack of two AA USBCells can be purchased online for approximately $32.00. Moixa also promises to refund any units if customers find that their USB ports do not supply sufficient power to recharge the devices.


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