Anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors knows that keeping your electronic devices charged up can be a challenge when you are away from an outlet. A new charging device has debuted that is hailed as the smallest hydropower plants in the world and it is called Blue Freedom.
The charging device uses a hydrodynamic turbine that spins when placed in flowing water and generates power. It also has an internal battery to store that power to be discharged later. Power from that internal battery can be used to top off your gadgets using USB cables.
The Blue Freedom also has a LED light and is designed to fit comfortably into a backpack. The generator device is able to produce enough power to run your smart device for ten hours after being placed in moving water for only an hour.
The Blue Freedom project is on Kickstarter seeking $100,000 and has raised over $83,000 so far. A pledge of $219 or more will get you a Blue Freedom device with shipping estimated for October 2015. The normal retail price of the Blue Freedom device is $319.
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