YoGen: Charge Your Batteries by Hand

December 14, 2009 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories | 3 Comments | |
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At the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, Easy Energy and Fame LLC will formally launch the new YoGen hand-held charger, which allows you to charge a camera/cellphone/PDA battery through repeated pulls on an attached ripcord. The creators of YoGen claim that YoGen features an unmatched capacity to recharge any small-to-mid-sized personal electronics device by offering the industry’s leading ratio of energy output to input. YoGen’s internal alternator generates power in sufficient levels to charge everything from cell phones, iPods, PDAs and MP3 players to Gameboys, GPS units, cameras and other devices. The alternator interfaces with an energy-efficient electronic stabiliser and transmission to transfer linear kinetic energy through a patch cord from the compact, ergonomically-designed unit to the electronic device. YoGen is presently available for online purchase via the YoGen website, and scheduled for global distribution though retail and electronic stores in the second quarter of 2010. The price is $39.99.

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#1 toner

So why don't mobile phone developers just integrate this technology into their phones natively? It would be cool to never have to plug in my Droid, just start pulling on its chain when the battery gets low...

8:39 am - Tuesday, December 15, 2009

#2 rob

Somehow, I just can't foresee people pulling on the ripcord in order to charge their electronic devices... We are the lazy species and besides, we do have better things to do with our time than to pull ripcords. :) :) :)

12:04 am - Wednesday, December 16, 2009

#3 nick

Agree we are generally lazy, though I think the idea is a good especially for people who travel, go hiking etc. The only thing is that pulling on a ripcord seems less convenient than say winding a handle. I could see myself sitting on the train in the morning listening to my iPod while cranking a handle, but not yanking on a ripcord.

1:12 pm - Monday, December 28, 2009