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Ampy charger uses kinetic energy to charge your phone

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Ampy charger uses kinetic energy to charge your phone
Ampy is a new Kickstarter listed battery charger for your smartphone, that is a little different than the usual portable power pack. Instead of plugging the device into a wall to power up its battery, Ampy stores your kinetic energy to use as power. The company behind the device, also called Ampy, says that its device can charge up just as fast as the average power pack that plugs into a wall. 10,000 steps, which according to Ampy is an average day, will provide enough juice to keep your handset going for three hours. That is also the amount of energy that a 30 minute run, or an hour on a bike, will generate.

Ampy costs $85 and will start shipping next June. There is also an accompanying app that tracks the calories you've burned and the power generated while using Ampy. With 28 days left to raise funds on Kickstarter, the charger has brought in pledges of $117,160, which is well over the $100,000 target that the company was aiming for.

Ampy also offers an accessories kit that includes an arm band, a sleeve and a clip that will keep it in place while you exercise. And the company has hopes that the technology could become integrated into smartwatches, fitness trackers and other devices. In case you are wondering, the battery inside Ampy is a 1000mAh cell.

You can learn more information about the kinetic motion charger, by clicking on the slideshow below.

source: Kickstarter via RedmondPie

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posted on 12 Oct 2014, 22:26 5

1. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

Now that's innovation...

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 07:51 3

11. T.Law (Posts: 418; Member since: 10 May 2014)

Still can't beat the revolutionary microwave charging from Apple.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:20 1

12. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)

It's not just revolutionary, its MAGICAL!

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 17:09

13. Fellwalker (Posts: 400; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)

Not really. 40 years ago, my Seiko kinetic watch used kinetic energy to continually top up its battery. There have been many similar charging devices since then.

posted on 12 Oct 2014, 22:36

2. kent-gaga (Posts: 582; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

wow this is definitely the one of the best charger on my list

posted on 12 Oct 2014, 22:43

3. ryanlockovich (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)

Wow i want that

posted on 12 Oct 2014, 22:54

4. mixedfish (Posts: 1329; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)

Another day, another kickstarter/indiegogo scam. The product won't be as good as it is on paper.

posted on 12 Oct 2014, 23:01

5. bendgate (unregistered)


posted on 12 Oct 2014, 23:36

6. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

Sadly, I agree. But ultimately, we'll see what plays out with it. The iBendable toys would find this most valuable.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 01:57

9. sniper1087 (Posts: 532; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)

yet another "i" comment... anyhow I see this valuable for any phone in any occasion, be it iPhone, android or windows phone.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 00:33

7. Darkerm (Posts: 319; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

Wow! I'm interested but is this really works as paper says?

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 01:10

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 5000; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

We already have cheap flashlights that charge when you shake them, and they've been around for years already. This sounds feasible to me.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 02:36

10. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

A flash light is one thing, all your doing is running a light bulb. Most kenetic charge flashlights that I have seen and used seem to go dead rather quickly. With a smartphone and the power needed to keep it running I dont see kenetic charging being fesable at the moment. What we need is some of the recent breakthroughs in battery tech to trickel down to the consumer level. I really do miss not having to charge my phone but once a week, now I have to do charge it at least every other day depending on how I use it.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 20:53

14. Whitefur (Posts: 27; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)

I'll just be one of those crowd funding skeptics and wait it out until there actually is a product in peoples hands to base my purchase.

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