NOKIA introduces bicycle-powered charger


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Nokia unveils bicycle-powered charger

The world’s top mobile phone maker Nokia on Thursday released details of four new cheap phone models and a battery charger powered by the energy generated from riding a bicycle. The charger, which can be fitted into any Nokia phone with a 2 mm charger jack, uses a dynamo to generate electricity from the movement of the wheels, Nokia said in a statement.

'Bicycles are the most widespread means of transport in many markets around the world, so this is just one more benefit to be gained from an activity people are already doing," Alex Lambeek, Vice President at Nokia, said in the statement.

The price of the charger kit, which also includes a holder for securing the phone to the bicycle, will vary according to market, but in countries like Kenya, where the product was introduced on Thursday, it would be around 15 euros (18.43 dollars), a Nokia spokesman told reporters. To begin charging, a cyclist needs to travel around six kms per hour (four miles per hour), and while charging times will vary depending on battery model, a 10 minute journey at 10 kmh produces around 28 minutes of talk time or 37 hours of standby time, the spokesman said. The faster you ride, the more battery life you generate. The charger is set to become available through selected retailers and the company’s online store before year-end, Nokia said.

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best of luck. I dont see any future for this in pakistan, coz i hardly see bicycle riders in our cities.


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best of luck. I dont see any future for this in pakistan, coz i hardly see bicycle riders in our cities.
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this isnt for islamabad or lahore. its for rural areas


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^Not agree on this. There are still many people in the cities who prefer bicycle first. You can judge it by increase in price of China bicycles :D


#5

i agree there are people who use bicycle as part of there daily routine but can u tell me how many of them use there cycle dynamo for the purpose for which its installed. Its either not present or not functioning. Moreover, problem is not charging the cellphone rather its the low capacity of the battery.

Also there are other better, cost effective and lesser demanding solutions around. For example, I have seen a manually operated rotary charger for some Chinese phones.

Look at the idea of cycle charged phone, why not employ this method for charging our 12v batteries. I think it will be better utilisation of the labour involved.