The folks at ThinkGeek put so much effort into their April Fool’s Day prank products every year that often times they end up turning them into a reality. Remember the Star Wars Tauntan sleeping bag?, that started life as a prank. And of all the wonderful products ThinkGeek pretended to announce on April 1 this year, the Back to the Future Flux Capacitor car charger is the one to get the IRL nod.
Officially available starting in September for $US25, this tiny prop replica connects to your car’s cigarette lighter power port and provides a pair of 2.1-amp USB ports for charging smartphones, tablets, and other mobile gadgets. It also lights up and… fluxes… while it’s charging your gear, just like it did in the movie — but that’s about it. You’re welcome to try and hit 88mph while it’s installed in your vehicle, but that will more likely result in a speeding ticket than jumping through time. [ThinkGeek]