CES 2009: Solar and Wind Hybrid Charger from Kinesis Industries (Video)


Photo by Jaymi Heimbuch

Kinesis has created a solar/wind hybrid charger - the K2 - for use with USB devices such as cell phones. It's literature touts the ability to recharge a cell phone 5 times on one full K2 battery.

Click through to watch a video demo, and for more details.

I asked specifically how you're supposed to utilize the wind power because there doesn't seem to be a sturdy stand or hook to use. A booth attendant said you just lay it on its side, which I suppose would work but doesn't seem to make the most efficient use of the fan.

At any rate, it'll be interesting to see how well this works once the K2 come off the manufacturing line (the devices shown are pre-production prototypes).

A little more info is available at the company's website.
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Tags: Alternative Energy | Batteries | Cell Phones | Solar Power | Wind Power