Pedal-power to charge smartphones
EcoXgear by Grace Digital Inc, a producer of rugged, outdoor and waterproof products for the adventurous lifestyle, unveiled their EcoXpower pedal-powered headlight and smart phone charger for bicycles.
Equipped with a universal mount, EcoXpower attaches to most standard and oversized hubs and comes with a handlebar mounted, water-resistant and touch-screen compatible smart phone/GPS case.
“Typical bike lights have a short life expectancy, most of which are only 10-15 hours or even as low as five if on high brightness,” says CEO of EcoXgear, Greg Fadul.
ECOXPOWER features an ultra-bright LED front headlight and red rear taillight that mounts to your bike’s front wheel hub. The included USB adapter cable runs up the front fork and into the handlebar mounted, water-resistant smart phone case.
As the front wheel of your bike turns, the EcoXpower ‘s clutch engages between the tire’s spokes, fueling a generator that powers the lighting system, the integrated lithium ion rechargeable battery and the power jack for your smart phone.
The smart phone case is touch-screen friendly and accommodates all major GPS devices and smart phone models including iPhone and Android. EcoXpower also comes equipped with an on/off remote switch that can be mounted to the handlebars, allowing for full control over the headlight and taillight while on a ride.
“Bicyclist either have to routinely buy batteries, remove the light for recharging, or replace their lights completely. EcoXpower is self-powered and with the built-in rechargeable battery, extra costs and inconveniences are non-existent. And if you’re using your smart phone for GPS or music on a long ride, you never have to worry about running out of juice,” Fadul concluded.