A handheld wind turbine might be the last thing you would think of to charge
your MP3, cell phone, or digital camera. How about a handheld wind turbine with mini solar panels too?
Miniwiz, which has a small line of small eco-friendly charging products, has
a gadget that stores wind power and solar
power and uses it to charge almost any 5V digital handheld. It's called the
HYmini, because it's a hybrid and, compared to a Prius, it is quite small.
To power up your HYmini with wind, just get the fan spinning by biking, running,
walking, or just leaving the HYmini stationary in a good wind... upwards of about
9 miles per hour is good. Oh, did I mention cranking? Yes, you can manually crank up the wind power
too. The more sun
the merrier, so the HYmini solar panels can kick in.
Power is stored in an internal 1200mAh lithium-ion polymer rechargeable
battery, so you can even plug the HYmini into a wall outlet and a USB cable is
included for charging up by computer power! (Should all else fail.)
The nifty HYmini package comes complete with all the gadgets you need to get
the energy the way you want it. No
software is required. Available at
Source: miniWIZ via Designboom