While you’re spinning those pedals to get to where you’re going, you could also be charging up a portable power pack, if you happen to have one of these little bicycle generators from Siva Cycle.
We’ve come a long way since those first bicycle generators that put out just enough power to keep your headlight lit while pedaling, and this latest iteration of the bike generator lets you not only convert some of your energy into electricity, but stores it in a handy little mobile power pack.
The Siva Cycle Atom is a lightweight (300 g) kinetic energy charger that integrates a removable power pack that can either power your electronics on the go (via an under-seat power hub), or store a charge for taking with you off of the bike.
The weatherproof charging device fits on the rear of most bikes, and is locked into the wheel for theft-prevention, yet simple to install or remove. The campaign page calls it the “21st century bicycle generator for hyper-connected riders”:
“Ready to go right out of the box, the Atom is fuel for the future of cycling. It’s designed for our modern, connected lifestyles, and inspired by cyclists of the past.” – Siva Cycle
Siva Cycle says their prototype charger is rated at 4.5W max power output, and delivers a steady 5V 500mA charge through a standard USB port. The removable 1300 mAh battery pack on the Atom is said to be capable of giving an iPhone 5 a 70% charge (from fully discharged), so having this little device with you could make it so that you’re never without a charge again.
The company also says that as a way to contribute toward helping some of the many people who don’t have access to power, they are going to give one Atom generator to people who need it most for every ten that they sell.
Find out more, or help fund, the Atom at Kickstarter.
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