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BikeCharge Dynamo Charges Your Gadgets As You Ride

By - Source: Technabob | B 14 comments

iPhone dead? How about some exercise!

While bike dynamos have been powering bicycle lights since the 80s, most modern bike lighting solutions operate on battery or solar power. But thanks to modern technology, it looks like the dynamo may be making its comeback, this time to power your gadgets. Created by iBikeConsole, the BikeCharge Dynamo is a compact, lightweight device that helps keep your USB gadgets charged.   According to the company, the device is 20 percent lighter than traditional dynamo systems and can charge most smartphones in 2 to 3 hours. While most people won't be riding their bikes around for that long, the device is designed to add minimal drag while giving your connected device just enough juice to get by.

As an additional safety feature, the device also has front and rear LED lights that stay illuminated for up to two hours after riding thanks to a built in 700mAh Li-ion battery. Priced at $99, the BikeCharge Dynamo is a bit pricey for the casual biker, but for anyone who uses a bike as a primary mode of transportation, it may be a worthwhile investment.

 

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    idroid , August 29, 2012 8:31 AM
    I think this is the solution for fatness in America :lol: !!
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    idroid , August 29, 2012 8:31 AM
    I think this is the solution for fatness in America :lol: !!
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    outlw6669 , August 29, 2012 8:40 AM
    So, dangling USB cables and spinning spoked wheels; looks safe to me!

    Seriously though, I foresee no issues with USB cables getting pulled into the wheel causing the front tire to lock up and sending the rider flying face first into the ground.

    :heink: 
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    The_Trutherizer , August 29, 2012 9:31 AM
    99$ for a bike dyname.. fappery!
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    lassik , August 29, 2012 10:10 AM
    outlw6669So, dangling USB cables and spinning spoked wheels; looks safe to me!Seriously though, I foresee no issues with USB cables getting pulled into the wheel causing the front tire to lock up and sending the rider flying face first into the ground.


    Totally agree, nice idea in theory, but in practice this doesn't sound good.

    If it locks up it might not throw the cyclist off the bike, but it sure would whip your phone out your pocket and send it catapulting god knows where!
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    Alphi , August 29, 2012 10:24 AM
    The_Trutherizer99$ for a bike dyname.. fappery!


    this guy obviously never heard of cable ties..
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    spazoid , August 29, 2012 10:25 AM
    Why would I want my bike lights on when I'm not riding the bike? Use the power to charge my gadget with the full 3w's of power even when I don't ride at the otherwise required speed (20 kmh)
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    g00fysmiley , August 29, 2012 12:13 PM
    yep... a few cheap usb cords and a few zip ties and you are good to go
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    Anaxamenes , August 29, 2012 12:18 PM
    A hundred bucks is pricey? Yeesh, people pay more than that a month for crappy AT&T service.
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    flyflinger , August 29, 2012 12:39 PM
    Man, I could really use this on my commuter bike, but living in Seattle I have to wonder how well it works in the rain, given those connectors look like just regular USB ports. Not good.
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    Anonymous , August 29, 2012 12:52 PM
    When you say 'since the 80s' you mean since the 1880's, right? :) 
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    Shinobi_III , August 29, 2012 1:02 PM
    Use the hub-generator many commuter bikes come with. Then lead a cable to the handle bars where you put the usb hub thing.

    This? This is down right dumb. USB cables at the hub? Dafuq, did the inventor never use a bike?
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    AntiZig , August 29, 2012 1:13 PM
    Very dumb looking device. 1. hazard of cable getting caught in the spokes (yeah ok cable ties, how about if it gets unplugged or you ride by a bush and it gets caught on a twig?) 2. lets put a dynamo where the wheel spins the least! genius...

    Tell them to go look at the dynamo designs from the 80s, they might get some good tips from that.
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    sstym , August 29, 2012 1:49 PM
    outlw6669So, dangling USB cables and spinning spoked wheels; looks safe to me!Seriously though, I foresee no issues with USB cables getting pulled into the wheel causing the front tire to lock up and sending the rider flying face first into the ground.


    My thought too. A better design would be a remote port hub attached to the middle of the handlebar, connected to the dynamo with a short cable in a semi-rigid sleeve.
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    madooo12 , August 31, 2012 3:40 AM
    AntiZig... 2. lets put a dynamo where the wheel spins the least! genius...


    it makes less resistance to the rotation, makes driving the bike easier, instead of feeling like riding over a steep mountain, so it's basic physics

    outlw6669So, dangling USB cables and spinning spoked wheels; looks safe to me!Seriously though, I foresee no issues with USB cables getting pulled into the wheel causing the front tire to lock up and sending the rider flying face first into the ground.


    if the cable is short and the phone is in the pocket the same side of the generator, it should be hrd to get into the wheels

    but still I think this is a pointless device, can just charge my phone at home