Wouldn't it be great if you could use the momentum of your bicycle as a clean, inexpensive way of charging your cell phone or iPod? Well, now you can, assuming you live in a developing nation.
Nokia introduced the plainly-named Nokia Bicycle Charger this week, positioning it at emerging markets where access to electricity may still be a problem. In adapting bicycle chargers, users can have acccess to an inexpensive, readily-available form of electricity for keeping communication devices working.
The charger is a three-part system: Nokia Bicycle Charger DC-14, Nokia Phone Holder for Bicycle CR-124, and a
Bottle Dynamo. The charger transforms energy from your pedaling power into electricity. In order to work, you have to be traveling at 6 km/h (3.73 mph) and no faster than 50 km/h (31 mph). At 12 km/h, the charger will produce the same amount of electricity as a standard cell phone charger. The charger is designed to work with Nokia phones that include a 2mm charging jack.
The charger will go on sale in developing markets later this year with a base price of 15 euros ($18.50). It's expected to make its way into European markets sometime after that (for a higher price) and hopefully will make it to the States. You can see a wide variety of bicycle chargers now available in the market here on Amazon.