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A hydrogen fuel cell

Twin hydrogen fuel cells are used in the Series 850 Terminator. The twin cells provides each unit with greater power and longer life.

Each cell is about the size of a small book and is encased in shiny titanium-carbon fiber alloy, nearly featureless except for its power points. Housed within the main torso section of the combat chassis, the hydrogen fuel cells have a small easy access panel that allows their removal for replacement or repair.

If a hydrogen fuel cell is ruptured in battle, it will become unstable and must be removed immediately, because the unstable ruptured cell is very dangerous. It will eventually explode like a miniature hydrogen bomb.

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The explosion of a hydrogen fuel cell

After attacked by the T-X, the T-850 removes its ruptured cell while driving and throws it out the car window, before the cell explodes.


The unstable cell before exploding

In the battle at the Crystal Peak, the T-850 removes the other ruptured cell and stuffs it into the T-X's mouth, destroying her along with himself. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines


T-850: I am powered by hydrogen fuel cells. My primary cell was damaged by a plasma attack.
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T-850: (the Terminator tosses his damaged power cell out the car window. The cell then explodes in a small mushroom cloud) When ruptured, the fuel cells become unstable. Relax.
Kate Brewster: (screaming from the back) Help! Let me out!
T-850: (firmly, to Kate) Relax!
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T-850: (the Terminator shoves its power cell into the T-X's mouth) You are terminated. (the power cell explodes)
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