Nokia throws down a €15 bike cell phone charger

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It only makes sense to harness a bit of your bike’s pedal power to do good. That’s exactly what Nokia’s bicycle charging kit does, although we must admit that it’s not the first of its kind by any means. These sort of chargers have been around for years, but this is the first one we’ve from a company such as Nokia.

The kit is primarily designed for nations where the bike is the main source of transportation. After all it’s kind of hard to use Nokia’s mobile charging kit if you don’t have a car to plug it into. The standard kit charges Nokia phones that use a 2mm charging adapter, but it’s also compatible with microUSB as long as you provide the cable. The whole thing costs a reasonable €15 if it’s available in your area. If not, don’t worry, there are plenty of similar systems.

Cycle power; Nokia launches new Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit to power Ovi Maps

03 June 2010: Today Nokia launches a Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit which captures free and eco-friendly energy from bicycling to power your Nokia mobile on the move. Great for use with Ovi Maps, the Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit will ensure that you will never be caught out when navigating through unfamiliar locations. The kit consists of Nokia Bicycle Charger DC-14, Nokia Phone Holder for Bicycle CR-124, and a Bottle Dynamo.

Users will get free and efficient charging from cycling as the dynamo starts charging when a bicycle speed of 6 km/h is reached and stops at 50 km/h, matching the efficiency of a normal charger when the bike is traveling at 12kmh. The charger can be fitted onto any Nokia handset with a 2mm charger jack, such as the Nokia E72 or Nokia X6.

Want to listen to music when cycling but worry that headphones block out road noise? With the Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit you can play music aloud to keep the motivation up on long or repetitive journeys.

John Nichols, Head of Marketing, Nokia UK commented: “The innovative Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit gives people even more freedom to use their Nokia handset without worrying about battery life.

“A growing number of people in the UK cycle for leisure, exercise or as a daily means of transport so this simple innovation is about convenience and getting the most out of your Nokia while you’re on your bike. It’s also the perfect piece of kit for those that care about the environment.”

The kit will be available before the end of the year in selected retailers and Nokia online and branded retail.

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