Nokia’s Bicycle Charger Kit
Cyclists are already doing their bit to protect the environment by choosing a green mode of transportation.
Now they can do a little bit more with Nokia’s new Bicycle Charger Kit which lets cyclists charge their mobile phone as they pedal.
Charging times will obviously vary depending on the phone and cycling speeds, but Nokia says cycling for 20 minutes at 20 kmh (12.4 mph) will power up a Nokia 1202 for around one hour of talk time, or 74 hours of standby time.
The kit consists of three components: a bottle dynamo, charger and a phone holder. The bottle dynamo fits to the front of the bike with a mounting bracket, while the charger and phone holder attach to the handlebars so you can see the charging progress and carry out a hands-free conversation or listen to music on your phone’s speakers.
The phone holder is rubberized to protect your phone from vibrations and comes with a transparent bag to protect your phone from dirt and weather. The charger also boasts an ultrasonically welded case and clear coating on the electronics. Both the charger and holder can be easily removed whenever you park your bike to prevent theft of the unit. Nokia’s Bicycle Charger Kit is compatible with any Nokia phone with a 2 mm charging interface and is easy to install.
The idea of using pedal power to charge mobile devices isn’t new. There are other chargers such as the PedalPower+ that charge not only mobile phones, but also GPS units and MP3 players. But with Nokia still retaining top spot in terms of mobile phone sales there’s sure to be a market for a Nokia specific charging option such as this.
- Nokia rolls out bicycle-powered charger kit for Ã¢âÂ¬15/$18 (zdnet.com)
- Pedal power – Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit (allaboutsymbian.com)
- Cycle lovers Rejoice – Nokia launches Bicycle Charger Kit [Boon for Rural India?] (pluggd.in)
- Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit promises eco-power later in 2010 (slashgear.com)