Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Portable Wind Turbine Charger That Fits In Our Backpack

When we talk about wind power, usually we refer to those gigantic, tall, wind turbines that are few stories in height, with blade-span of few ten of meters. Soon this will not be the case.

Skajaquoda, a research team based in Minnesota, U.S.A., has come out with a portable wind turbine, called Trinity, that will charge any USB device like your smart phone or tablet and folds together into a 12" cylinder. It measured about 23" when operating and weighted about 1.8 kg. Below shows the device.

Trinity has a 15W generator and a built in 15,000 mAh battery. When it is folded, you can view it as a 12" long cylindrical battery bank. You can either charge the battery using the build-in wind turbine or with a 5V USB wall-plug.

Skajaquoda has turned to Kickstarter to raise US$50,000 to complete the prototype and start the manufacturing process. At US$249 you will receive the first of the Trinity devices and be expected to receive it by January 2015.

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