Cycle lovers Rejoice – Nokia launches Bicycle Charger Kit [Boon for Rural India?]

We earlier covered a hand powered mobile charger that enables you to charge your mobile phone by simply rotating a handle on the charger. Nokia_Bicycle_Charger_Kit_gallery4_604x604

Now, Nokia has announced the launch of Bicycle Charger Kit that is compatible with all Nokia phones that have a 2 mm charging interface.

The kit consists of three components: a bottle dynamo, a charger and a phone holder. The bottle dynamo fits to the front of the bike with a mounting bracket. The charger and phone holder attach securely to the handle bars. The kit works on same principle as what you would find in how people in rural India fit dynamo to provide light to the bicycle in the dark.

The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit starts charging at walking speed (6 km/h) and stops when your speed reaches 50 km/h. The total charging time varies depending on the phone and the cycling speed. For example, with just 20 minutes of cycling at 10 km/h you can power up a Nokia 1202 for 1 hour of talk time or 74 hours of standby time.

The product is aimed at emerging markets/developing nations where electricity is scarce, unreliable and expensive and will be available in Q4, 2010 [Price: Euro 18, i.e. ~INR 850).

If you look at some of the stories on how rural India copes with mobile battery recharge, people actually pay for mobile recharge in some parts of India (as simple as Rs. 3 for an hour to keep your mobile plugged into the charging point). Maybe this kit will set the economy on a move!

Also, given the kit’s support for range of Nokia phones (with 2 mm charging interface), expect a lot of cycle lovers (geeks) to start using this product.

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