Pedal Your Bike And Charge Up Your Mobile?

Tuesday, 5 January 2012


Pedal Your Bike And Charge Up Your Mobile

I have in my collection an original mobile phone from 1985, it was over 4kgs, it takes 10 hours to charge and even then you only get 30 minutes out of it.  When you compare it to todays mobile and smartphone, then todays smartphones are awesome.  But to know that doesn't help you when you have a 21st century mobile phone in your hand.  And with all of what they have on them, what they can do, they are certainly power hungry.  

Well here's how you can charge them during your morning bike commute? With the array of power hungry apps running on your Smartphone, it is not unusual that you need to charge your phone at least once a day.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could charge up your mobile while exercising at the same moment?  Why waste all the energy you generate while pedalling to your destination when you can use it to charge your mobile?  With the Silverback Stake 1 and 2 you can do just that. The bike is equipped with a USB charging port at the front hub which is powered by a dynamo which in turn is powered by your pedalling.

If your as concerned about global warming as I am, then this is the way forward. Everyone I know is trying their best to do their part in preventing the increase of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.  Mobile phone companies are coming up with some pretty amazing ideas, solar powered phones, solar powered backpacks in an effort to make mobile phones more environmentally friendly and also to help the battery-hungry mobile devices that people now carry on their person now-a-days. So between this bike and a solar powered back pack, your off, self sufficient here we come.

Now German bike manufacturer Silverback has come up with a brilliant idea to keep your mobile charged on the go, and in a totally carbon emission free way: it derives all its power from your pedalling.  While you happily pedal your way to your destination, the in-built dynamo is charged up and transfers the power to the USB port where you can charge up your mobile phone, MP3 player, or any device. Now enjoy Green, carbon free, and eco-friendly calls thanks to the Silverback’s noteworthy innovation.

Now the bike itself is state of the art with nickel alloy frames and Shimano components including front and rear hydraulic disc brakes. When the dynamo isn't being used to top up low voltage devices, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player, it reverts to the traditional dynamo task of powering the bikes' lights. If you'd like a little boost on your ride, the Starke 1 also packs a built-in electric motor that should speed you along quite nicely.