It might not seem like much of an issue, but what happens when you want to keep your phone charged up while youre working out? For those who go out on long bike rides and spend hours doing a certain sport, battery life on your phone could become a real problem if you are listening to music at the same time. There are a fair few ways in which you can charge up, many of which are extremely innovative and interesting. Give this article a read and get inspired by the latest in workout charge-tech.
The first thing that developers are thinking about when those who do exercise want to charge their phone is movement. Kinetic chargers use the power of movement to generate usable electricity through a concept called energy harvesting. At present, there have been some negative comments about the efficiency of the devices currently circulation within the market; however, the physicalities of the chargers have to be taken into consideration and expectations need to be managed.
As technology progresses within this field, charging efficiency will of course improve, meaning phones will be able to be charged in a much quicker time, with less vigorous movement. However, for the time being it seems that the movements necessary are very much on the vigorous side.
Products such as the Ampy Move are currently in market circulation and have been picked up by many critics, receiving a variety of responses. At around 40, however, it is definitely worth a try, especially for runners and cyclists.
Solar panel chargers
This may seem like a strange idea, but especially for activities that mean being out in the open for long periods, such as mountain climbing, walking and cycling, attaching a solar panel charger to a backpack or other such positioning could be a great way to keep your devices charged up. In general solar panel chargers are much more efficient than the abovementioned, with an efficiency rate generally now in excess of 20%, of course, depending on the model that you buy.
Solar panels work by converting the power of sunlight into usable electricity. This was one of the original forms of household renewable electricity available to the general public and continues even today to be one of the most popular forms of personal generation.
Solar panel chargers massively vary in price and size. Depending on the capacity that you want and the efficiency quality installed, you will pay more or less accordingly. For an average, medium sized, quality solar panel charger you would probably be looking at paying between 60-90. Of course, you can get much cheaper and much more expensive ones, but using this as a guide, you will be able to get yourself kitted up.
Going back to the norm, the most popular kind of charger, the power bank. These can be a little clumpy and heavy, which means theyre not the best for certain, agile kinds of exercise, but if you have got a place that you could put your power bank, this could still be a viable option for you. Power banks work by charging themselves up on mains electricity just like any other rechargeable battery and then letting out that stored power to charge up your mobile device.
The downside to power banks in comparison to renewable chargers, is that you have to spend a fair bit of time waiting for your charger to charge. Some power banks with larger capacities will take up to 24 hours to charge, which is a lot of time and electricity lost. Using renewable chargers is much more environmentally friendly and can be time saving as well.