Upp Power Cell

Industrial Design / Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering

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The Client

Intelligent Energy is a world-leading fuel cell engineering company focused on the development, manufacture, and commercialization of its Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell products, for customers in the automotive, stationary power, aerospace, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sectors.

“Clean power anywhere.” - Intelligent Energy
The Product

A USB battery power pack that harnesses the power of hydrogen fuel cells to help consumers recharge their smartphones, cameras, and other USB-based devices.

The Challenge

Cell project called on our team of engineers to essentially capture lightning in a bottle. The biggest challenge was the contradiction between Upp’s inherent power and small form and the need for enough power. The device's exterior would need to be approachable and easy to use yet allude to its powerful contents. Another hurdle was the way the Upp components would come together. The fuel cell generator and detachable hydrogen cartridge needed to connect smoothly to ensure a user experience was one of ease.

The process

The industrial design team at Speck started by carefully assessing proportion and mass as a way to communicate both extreme power and solid battery reliability within a small and manageable size. We also honed in on a common use case -- outdoor travel -- which inspired us to design a water-bottle-sized device that could easily fit in a backpack pouch. By simplifying the component attachment process our design team was able to satisfy the ease of use criteria.

the outcome

The Upp Powercell is a quick and convenient resource to charge devices in potentially challenging physical environments. It is a best-in-class portable travel companion that can help USB-compatible devices stay powered up while in the air or on the road. It is an incredibly reliable and plentiful USB power source with an elegant yet friendly design that anyone can use.

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Product Description

Intelligent Energy is a world-leading fuel cell engineering company focused on the development, manufacture, and commercialization of its Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell products, for customers in the automotive, stationary power, aerospace, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sectors.

“Clean power anywhere.” - Intelligent Energy
Project Overview

A USB battery power pack that harnesses the power of hydrogen fuel cells to help consumers recharge their smartphones, cameras, and other USB-based devices.

Project Approach

Cell project called on our team of engineers to essentially capture lightning in a bottle. The biggest challenge was the contradiction between Upp’s inherent power and small form and the need for enough power. The device's exterior would need to be approachable and easy to use yet allude to its powerful contents. Another hurdle was the way the Upp components would come together. The fuel cell generator and detachable hydrogen cartridge needed to connect smoothly to ensure a user experience was one of ease.

Intelligent Energy is a world-leading fuel cell engineering company focused on the development, manufacture, and commercialization of its Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell products, for customers in the automotive, stationary power, aerospace, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sectors.

“Clean power anywhere.” - Intelligent Energy

A USB battery power pack that harnesses the power of hydrogen fuel cells to help consumers recharge their smartphones, cameras, and other USB-based devices.

Cell project called on our team of engineers to essentially capture lightning in a bottle. The biggest challenge was the contradiction between Upp’s inherent power and small form and the need for enough power. The device's exterior would need to be approachable and easy to use yet allude to its powerful contents. Another hurdle was the way the Upp components would come together. The fuel cell generator and detachable hydrogen cartridge needed to connect smoothly to ensure a user experience was one of ease.

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