Monday, September 7, 2009

Charge your iPod while riding your bike?


I first saw a post about Busch Mueller's e-werk dynamo based charging widget at EcoVelo. The idea sounds fantastic! Charge your electronics while you ride your bike using the bike's dynamo / hub dynamo! Now, who would not want this feature?

I have tried using a solar charger to charge my electronics while on the road before but I did not have a lot of success with it. May be because of factors beyond my control, may be not enough sunshine in Texas, who knows?

I have been contemplating installing a hub dynamo for my bikes for a while now. So, this gadget got my attention tonight. Would it not be great if you did not have to carry all them silly chargers when you were traveling on your bike or bike touring? You could charge your GPS, listen to your iPod (may be on speakers), charge your cell phone, charge your batteries, or make your toast :)

Well, I understand the product is just out and there may be glitches. Nevertheless, I am pumped!

I don't want to spoil it for you. Read to your heart's content here. Please see page 25 of 132!

Peace :)

Photo courtesy of Eurobike

5 comments:

  1. Making toast would require too much power for me. Making coffee might be nice - the bike equivalent of wrapping food in foil & cooking it on the manifold of your car.

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  2. I could see this being a great product for somebody on a long tour.

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  3. Steve A -- I have never tried cooking on the manifold. May be I should cook some eggs or cook my V.Burgers there sometime :)

    RTP -- Totally agree! It could even be a good asset for someone doing shorter tours, like going 200 miles, camping along the way and coming back to home base. Tour to Austin comes to mind...:)

    Peace y'all :)

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  4. Steve,
    Thanks for the link. Looks like a nice product. The concept of a dynamo is not rocket science but I suppose did not gain a lot of popularity because of lack of dependability and the drag. We need more earth-friendly ways of generating energy, whether it is dynamos or hydro-electric or MHD.

    Peace :)

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