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Concept USB Flash Drive Doubles Up As an AA Battery

By - Source: Yanko Design | B 24 comments

The only flash drive that can power a flash light!

Thanks to the technological advancements in flash storage over the years, portable USB drives have gotten smaller and smaller, allowing them to be cleverly concealed in everyday objects like safety pins or cufflinks. While it certainly makes sense for a flash drive to be integrated into something you wear on your body, designer Wonchul Hwang thought up an intriguing alternative.Dubbed the AA USB, this usb flash drive concept doubles up as a rechargeable AA battery. While the drive is plugged into your computer and gobbling up your data, its internal battery is gobbling up some electricity to store for later. In the emergency event that you happen to need a single AA battery, the AA USB has you covered.

In addition, if the AA USB runs out of juice, an internal crank allows you to manually charge it by twisting a portion of the battery. Although there isn't a massive list of gadgets out there that can make use of a single AA battery, the concept has some interesting potential. Perhaps if the AA battery could double up as a small capacity USB charger, this little device could become a geeks best friend.

 

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    okibrian , August 13, 2012 4:31 AM
    Now where did I put my USB flash drive? (Son takes it and puts it in one of his many toys)
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    DroKing , August 13, 2012 4:18 AM
    Wouldnt that fry the memory in there? ^_^ Interesting concept nonetheless.
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    shotgunz , August 13, 2012 4:21 AM
    DroKingWouldnt that fry the memory in there? ^_^ Interesting concept nonetheless.


    If it starts leaking acid, it may kill the memory and maybe something else in your pants...
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    okibrian , August 13, 2012 4:31 AM
    Now where did I put my USB flash drive? (Son takes it and puts it in one of his many toys)
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    joytech22 , August 13, 2012 5:07 AM
    Hmm, not entirely sure how this would be useful to me.
    I would probably get one just to say I have one, and should I ever need the battery at least I would have it.
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    JohnnyLucky , August 13, 2012 5:44 AM
    My wife has a small led flashlight attached to her keychain. It uses just one battery.
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    face-plants , August 13, 2012 6:21 AM
    Totally awesome. Although the usefulness of a single AA is questionable, the fact that an engineer was able to bring such a cool concept to market is the kind of thing that brings a smile to my face.
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    face-plants , August 13, 2012 6:22 AM
    Oh and btw, most ni-mh and ni-cd rechargeable batteries don't have as great a tendency to leak corrosive acid all over the innards of your electronics like alkalines do. I have about 300 rechargeables in everything in my house and have had them sit for years with no leaking.
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    archange , August 13, 2012 7:10 AM
    JohnnyLuckyMy wife has a small led flashlight attached to her keychain. It uses just one battery.


    Joule thief? :) 
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joule_thief
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    L0tus , August 13, 2012 9:09 AM
    face-plantsI have about 300 rechargeables

    For what?!
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2012 9:39 AM
    1x AA, enough for a magic flight box.
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    aftcomet , August 13, 2012 10:00 AM
    jnjk1x AA, enough for a magic flight box.


    Lay off the drugs you bum.
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    unksol , August 13, 2012 10:16 AM
    Quote:
    Totally awesome. Although the usefulness of a single AA is questionable, the fact that an engineer was able to bring such a cool concept to market is the kind of thing that brings a smile to my face.


    Its not on the market. Its a concept. And its not an engineer. Its a designer. Who made some pretty pictures and will hand them to the engineer and say "do that". At which.point the engineer will tell him that sure, he can make a flashdrive look like a double A, but only an idiot would think you could fit a flash drive, charging circuit, mechanical generator, USB plug, and the current power of a rechargeable AA in the size of a AA
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    teh_chem , August 13, 2012 12:27 PM
    I can't think of anything I use other than the TV remote that takes a AA battery. Wonder what demographic they're targeting with this, other than the one that has so much money that they don't know what to do with it...
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    cookoy , August 13, 2012 1:20 PM
    My wireless optical mouse uses one AA battery. Hate that rodent. It has a mind of its own.
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    Lord Captivus , August 13, 2012 2:21 PM
    I just read two articles: Angry Birds slingshot and USB Battery.
    One of them is a great idea...the other isnt...
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2012 2:28 PM
    Now if it had a Micro USB connection at the other end so you could put into your phone (A 2500 mAh AA holds more power than most phones) than could actually be useful.
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2012 6:15 PM
    Oh! In addiion, All you USB thumbdrive makers, Why do you not Print the READ and WRITE speeds of the USB thumb drives that YOU sell on the BOX/plastic container. The SD cards you sell has the speeds, but the USB drives do not! READ/WRITE SPEEDS SHOULD BE REQUIRED BY LAW!
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    v1ze , August 13, 2012 8:57 PM
    Need an ultra secure method of transporting critical data? USB Tampons!
    Hungry for temporary data storage? USB Corn dogs!
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2012 10:16 PM
    The FU-W USB HUB/RAID will BE BUILT, see kickstarter!
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    schnitter , August 13, 2012 11:35 PM
    Great, now my girlfriend will never lose her USB flash memory, unless she loses her vibrator as well.
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