For charging batteries- a very small wind charger
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there is a personal, portable wind charger and a more
serious and capable wind power system that charges batteries
to run appliances.
A personal wind power battery charger uses wind power to charge
your phone, or camera, run a personal fan, or charge batteries or your
GPS, while you are riding a bike, walking, camping, or any other
outdoor activity. It is a personal wind powered turbine that
comes in handy for charging small appliances to save electricity, or
when there is no other energy source around, such as camping out in the
woods or remote areas, where there is wind.
Some of the gadget chargers are more of a limited
power generator, that barely generates enough power, while the other
wind chargers are able to supply enough power to start engines, run
lights, refrigerators, pumps, TV’s and computers.
On the smaller, limited side is the HYMINI Tiny
Portable Wind-powered Gadget Charger runs around $60, and right now
they are throwing in a solar powered charger in the package. The
Kinesis K2 Solar/Wind Charger will power any USB device and looks like
a tiny personal fan. It allows you to plug it in to a regular
outlet, as well.
On the more capable side is a Rutland 913 Wind
charger that is actually a wind generator which can store wind power
for larger applications. Because of high inertia, it can
accumulate enough wind power to fully charge batteries for larger
appliances. It also has an inverter, regulator and controller
and is a more serious wind charger at a 12 volt starting price of $995.
Some enterprising people are building prototypes
for personal wind chargers, and others have built wind systems that can
power home appliances, for under $400.
Generally a wind system has the fan, which drives
the unit that generates the direct current, the tower or support,
batteries and an inverter to change the direct current to alternating
current or AC power, to be used with common household appliances, like
stereos, televisions, and lighting or personal items that take
batteries, and have an AC adaptable charger.
Some of the portable charger units are focused on
personal items, like cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, and GPS units,
and can be found under $100 in most cases. They are not meant
for any type of heavy duty usage, but are more of a novelty that comes
in handy in certain circumstances.
The more capable charger systems use batteries to
store the power that is generated to power the appliances in a
household, and is also known as a wind power system.
Both systems harness the power of wind as an
energy source to power appliances, and personal gadgets.
While the smaller, personal wind systems would be practical for camping
trips, the larger systems would be more practical for home systems and
appliances, or an outbuilding on a farm, where electricity has not been
Either way, both wind power systems offer the
convenience of power wherever there is a wind resource available to
charge batteries and power appliances, whether personal gadgets or
household goods. It is an environmentally clean energy source
that is more portable than a generator, and is a great option when use
for powering things on a boat, or in an RV when camping.
They have come up with tent mounted wind charger
systems to charge your cell phone and GPS systems, when in remote
areas, such as hiking up mountain tops or driving across the
desert. Most of the portable personal wind systems are
lightweight, and they are still in a development stage, for the most
The more comprehensive systems that charge
batteries to convert direct current to AC current are more reasonable
than a full wind power system that has more expensive parts and are
used in larger applications that involve a generator and enough power
to sell it to a utility.
Whatever kind of wind charger system you are
after, they are an affordable way and oftena convenient way
personal items, or batteries that run appliances, especially when you
are in a remote setting, or without power. The more
sophisticated our knowledge on wind power, the more likely we are to
find uses for it. Stay tuned to our Wind Power NEWS page for more.
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