Just received the new Toolstation catalogue this morning, and notice
that they are plugging a new nail gun powered by fuel cells:
I hadn't realised that fuel cells had reached the powertool market yet -
are they widespread? Are these things going to take over from standard
I don't really know how this technology works, but why does the above
tool come with a "1.5hr charger" and "two batteries" ?
More on them:
The Guinness Book of Records: The world's smallest fuel cell, made by
Toshiba. The direct methanol fuel cell is just 2.2cm by 5.6cm and is 0.45cm
I read there was smaller one about the size of a thumb nail.
On Mon, 26 Jun 2006 13:04:26 +0100, Doctor Drivel wrote:
Bullshit, and once again you prove your ability to read catalogues and
press releases and completely misunderstand them.
That's "not yet fully on the market" as in "not on the market".
The fuel cell you provide a link to does not run on gas, it runs on
methanol. If you look it says so clearly in the news item. Methanol for
those who are hard of thinking is not a gas it is a liquid at room
temperature and a further clue in the text is the reference to a 99%
It's also worth noting that the run time for powering a mobile phone is
given as 8 hours, which doesn't compare well to a LiIon cell int he same
application, nor does the size of the cell which is larger than the phone
it powers. So Drivel must be working to some new concept of "tiny".
Al of which is irrelevant to the nail gun in question which does not use an
electrical fuel cell, but instead uses a "fuel cell" in the same way that
cordless heated curling tongs use a "fuel cell". i.e. the manufacturer
creates a container of butane gas which has a proprietary design so that
the user must obtain more "cells" from the same source at inflated prices.
FWIW, an 11cfm compressor and a air nailer of the same spec will cost less
than that nail gun.
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