I’m all for getting off the proverbial grid and Nokia’s newest product, although largely antiquated given the tech, does just that. Okay, so it’s not exactly like they’re saving the dolphins, but the Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit attaches to any bike, captures your peddle power and converts it into talk time (or web surfing, navigating, etc). A minimum speed of 6 km/h is necessary to begin charging and at 12 km/h the system chargers your cell at the equivalent rate of a wall wart – it maxes out at 50 km/h. The system is compatible with Nokia phones sporting a 2mm charging adapter and will cost about $18, though it will only be available in developing nations to start.
Cycle power; Nokia launches new Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit to power Ovi Maps
03 June 2010: Today Nokia launches a Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit which captures free and eco-friendly energy from bicycling to power your Nokia mobile on the move. Great for use with Ovi Maps, the Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit will ensure that you will never be caught out when navigating through unfamiliar locations. The kit consists of Nokia Bicycle Charger DC-14, Nokia Phone Holder for Bicycle CR-124, and a Bottle Dynamo.
Users will get free and efficient charging from cycling as the dynamo starts charging when a bicycle speed of 6 km/h is reached and stops at 50 km/h, matching the efficiency of a normal charger when the bike is traveling at 12kmh. The charger can be fitted onto any Nokia handset with a 2mm charger jack, such as the Nokia E72 or Nokia X6.
Want to listen to music when cycling but worry that headphones block out road noise? With the Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit you can play music aloud to keep the motivation up on long or repetitive journeys.
John Nichols, Head of Marketing, Nokia UK commented: “The innovative Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit gives people even more freedom to use their Nokia handset without worrying about battery life.
“A growing number of people in the UK cycle for leisure, exercise or as a daily means of transport so this simple innovation is about convenience and getting the most out of your Nokia while you’re on your bike. It’s also the perfect piece of kit for those that care about the environment.”
The kit will be available before the end of the year in selected retailers and Nokia online and branded retail.