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Will Bike Powered Phone Chargers Make The World “Greener” ?

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If you’re riding a bike and realize that your phone battery is low, no need to panic.

Pretty soon, you’ll be able to charge a battery just by pedaling.

Phone carriers like Nokia are working on bicycle-powered phone chargers. These chargers will come with a bottle dynamo and a cell phone holder that attaches to your handlebars.

In order to charge the phone, bicyclists have to pedal at a minimum speed of 4 mph. But, if you pedal at 6 mph for 10 minutes, that’s enough to give you battery life to talk for up to 28 minutes.

Even though this sounds like an exciting way for geek bikers to “go green,” you’ll have to wait a few months.

Nokia is releasing these chargers first in other countries such as Kenya and China where biking is more popular.

Nokia hasn’t made it clear when exactly the bikes will make it to the U.S. But they should be available in stores by the end of the year.

We’re hoping the technology expands to standing bikes, and not just road bikes. Who wants to go out of the house to charge a phone?

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2 Responses to “Will Bike Powered Phone Chargers Make The World “Greener” ?”

  1. avatar Jenn says:

    I wonder how that factors into laws like in New York that prohibit all drivers from using portable electronic devices, since a bicycle has the same rights, laws and responsibilities. Would “using” be considering charging?
    From nysgtsc.state.ny.us:
    “Using” shall mean holding a portable electronic device while viewing, taking or transmitting images, playing games, or composing, sending, reading, viewing, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving e-mail, text messages, or other electronic data.
    So, charging your device could be considered be legal?

  2. avatar Nick McCrea says:

    I don’t think so, I mean, it attaches to your handlebars, which means it would be hands-free…having it on your handlebars doesn’t seem to meet any of the definitions of “using”…but who knows? they’d probably still give you a ticket, we’ve got a deficit to close