Jun 5, 2010

Nokia launches bicycle-powered charger

NOKIA, The world's largest mobile phone maker, launched four low-priced handsets and a recharger that can be connected to a bicycle's dynamo which charges when the wheels turn.The bike kit has a charger, dynamo and a holder to secure the phone to the bicycle.

The bicycle charger kit and handsets, come with a standby battery time of up to six weeks, FM radio and flashlights are aimed at users with limited access to electricity.

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,  it would be around 15 euros (18.43 dollars)
The dynamo, a small electrical generator, uses the movement of the wheels to charge the handset through a standard 2 mm charging jack used in most Nokia handsets.

To begin charging, a cyclist needs to travel around six kilometres 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.