We've seen lots of solar chargers before, and though sunshine on our shoulders makes us happy, it can't always be counted on to shine when we need it. Enter HYmini, an honest-to-goodness wind-powered charger for the list of small consumer electronics that have become familiar to alternative-energy-charging enthusiasts: iPods and mp3 players, cell phones, PDAs and digital cameras. It's due in stores at the end of the month.
Strap it to your bike handlebars, hold it when you go for a jog, or stick it out the window in the car(pool) when you're driving down the road, and you may never have to plug your gadgets into the wall again. If that weren't enough, you can further extend its ability to harvest renewable energy with some optional solar panels. More details below the fold. ::HYmini via ::Core77TreeHugger picked up on a similar example in a cab in Japan, but that was just one cab, and it didn't have a battery to store the power generated by the mini turbine. Performance details, according to Swept Away Media, are as follows:
"Spend an hour outside in the sun with HYmini and you'll get enough power for 2 full hours of MP3 playtime. Ride your bike for an hour, with HYmini strapped on your arm, or mounted on the handlebars, and you'll have enough power for over 50 digital photos or about 15 extra minutes on your cell phone. Mount HYmini on a car window, drive about 40 MPR, and you'll generate enough power to listen to over 8 hours of music on your MP3 or chat on your cell for over 40 minutes."
Hang tight for a few weeks to see if the real deal will live up to the (awesome-sounding) hype.