South Africa has gained a reputation internationally for being one of the most innovative nations. SA has introduced the world to Pratley Putty, the Kreepy Krauly and other inventions, therefore it comes as no surprise to me that another South African invention, the PowerPac, has recently won the prestigious international Red Dot Best of the Best 2012 Design Award.
The Singapore-based Red Dot awards recognizes world-class design achievements. It’s one of the world’s most sought-after international seals of design quality. This PowerPac can best be described as a transportable unit that stores human-generated energy generated during cycling for later use.
The stored power can be used for charging or providing power to household and personal electronic devices. The PowerPac was developed by South African design consultancy Ideso.
So how does it work? Well, it’s quite easy. The PowerPac gets fitted to a bicycle and generates power as the cyclist is cycling. Ideso’s aim was to create an user friendly and functional design that doesn’t interfere with cycling while it’s generating power. The PowerPac doesn’t generate any C02 emissions, so it’s 100% environmentally friendly. It’s amazing that you can now get a workout at home and generate electric power at the same time.
An average cyclist can fully charge the PowerPac’s battery from empty with 80 minutes of cycling and 132 wh of charge / potential energy can be stored in the battery. This charged energy can be used to fully charge or power a cell phone, a power tool, a PC, a tablet and a camera. Pretty amazing if you ask me.
The PowerPac is the world’s first product to offer a removable power storage unit that becomes a portable charging unit for use anywhere in the home or office. The unit features various output options, including a 220V AC (conventional plug), a 12 DC (cigarette lighter) and a 5V DC (USB) port.
Unfortunately this is not available to the public yet because Ideso is still looking for a partner to mass produce the PowerPac. I guess we’ll have to wait a while longer before we can start saving energy with this device.
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The original article about this gadget was published on SA Good News.