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Wind-powered iPhone battery charger concept

Dutch designer Tjeerd Veenhoven has constructed a prototype wind-powered iPhone charger called the iFan from a custom rubber case and computer fan
Dutch designer Tjeerd Veenhoven has constructed a prototype wind-powered iPhone charger called the iFan from a custom rubber case and computer fan
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Dutch designer Tjeerd Veenhoven has constructed a prototype wind-powered iPhone charger called the iFan from a custom rubber case and computer fan
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Dutch designer Tjeerd Veenhoven has constructed a prototype wind-powered iPhone charger called the iFan from a custom rubber case and computer fan
Veenhoven's latest design for the iFan see it mounted on a bicycle
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Veenhoven's latest design for the iFan see it mounted on a bicycle
Snug fit - an iPhone is said to take about 6 hours to charge using energy captured from the wind by the iFan
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Snug fit - an iPhone is said to take about 6 hours to charge using energy captured from the wind by the iFan

As we demand more and more of our smartphones, the up time between charges suffers. Case in point – the iPhone. Chargers come in all shapes and sizes but few offer to power up the batteries using air, or more precisely – wind. Dutch designer Tjeerd Veenhoven has crafted just such a charger where his favored Apple device slides into the soft rubber outer skin and fan blades capture energy from the wind, which tops up the battery.

We've seen the idea of wind-powered charging floated before in devices like the HYmini portable charger and another concept piece, the Gotwind portable charger.Veenhoven's iFan lends itself to comparison with the K2 from Kinesis, albeit minus the solar panel, but is said to take some six hours to charge up an iPhone. That's not bad going for a modified computer fan and a custom-made case.

Veenhoven's latest design for the iFan see it mounted on a bicycle
Veenhoven's latest design for the iFan see it mounted on a bicycle

The designer thinks that with a bit more modification, the iFan could be made more efficient at harnessing power from the wind. He has just recently been tinkering with a bicycle mount design for the device which should allow users to top up their smartphones while out and about.

It's perhaps not the most convenient or efficient way to charge a smartphone, but very handy for those who like nothing better than camping out in the middle of nowhere or trekking up the side of a mountain.

3 comments
Anumakonda Jagadeesh
Good Innovation. Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
Cowfy Kaufman
now just put an attachment to attach this to the bottom of your outside rearview mirror and drive around the block.of course if its in new york you wont have your parking space when you come back.
Brad PCT
Can\'t deny that this is wonderful innovation, but it can\'t help you in the times when you really need a backup charge, like when you\'re on a long flight. For those just looking for a reliable charge, my company (PC Treasures) makes a product called the ChargeIt. It comes with four fully charged AA batteries that are also rechargeable through the device, so it acts as a USB device charger and a battery charger. Also, it\'s only $29.95 on our site. Check it out: http://www.digitaltreasures.com/powerline_details.php?recordID=07456