Nokia rolls out bicycle-powered charger kit for $18

Summary:Nokia has debuted the Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit, transferring power from the work of your pedals directly to your mobile device.

Have you ever run out the door and realized you forgot to charge your phone? If you have a car, no problem. But what if you're planning to hop on your bike? Nokia wants to have you covered.

Nokia has debuted the Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit, transferring power from the work of your pedals directly to your mobile device. You'll be charging more than just your personal energy soon enough.

For €15 ($18), the kit will get you the Nokia Bicycle Charger DC-14, Nokia Phone Holder for Bicycle CR-124, and a Bottle Dynamo. In un-fancy terms, that's a charging station, a handlebar mount and an electric generator.

Basically, the generator starts charging the device when the bike rider hits a speed of at least 6km per hour and continues to charge up to 50km per hour - the equivalent of a normal charger.

With a 2mm charger jack ready, "any" Nokia device should be supported, including the upcoming Nokia N8. Although it's only available in developing markets to start, the Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit should be wheeling its way around the world before the end of the year.

Given it's relatively low price tag and being a useful accessory if you have a supported Nokia device, this gadget could do really well. Maybe it will even help cut down on a user's electric bill slightly as well. Would you pick one up?

[Image via CrunchGear]

Topics: Nokia

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