HOW TO: Make a $5 Wind-Powered Phone Charger for Your Bike

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This is an easy DIY project that will allow you to charge your cellphone device while you ride your bike. A clever 16-year-old named Thomas combined his two passions, cycling and electronics, into one very useful DIY gadget. Using a tired CPU fan, an old phone battery, a bunch of electronic pieces and some simple tools, he came up with a brilliant $5 cell phone bike charger to power his phone while riding a bike. With some basic electronic knowledge and a few bits and bobs, you can make your own to make sure you will never end up with a dead phone while on the road.

To make this all-in-one wind turbine power bank, round up an old CPU fan, an old phone battery (or a 18650 cell), a small switch and a bike support element. Also, get some tools ready, including a soldering iron and a glue gun. The first step is to take off the propeller, find the three pins inside the fan, check which two give the best voltage and solder one wire to each one. Then you need to put the propeller back, create a diode bridge and connect it to the computer fan.

If you want a voltage booster, connect a Joule Thief circuit to the DC output of the CPU fan. Then, all you need to do is to hook up your battery, connect it to the 5v step-up module and place a power switch in between (if you are using a Joule Thief connect that too). Then you need to glue everything on the CPU fan’s sides and make everything waterproof using some electrical tape. Your new device is ready to be used, so fix it to your bike and ride away while charging your phone with a gadget you have made!

You can check out the fully detailed DIY tutorial on Instructables.

via Inhabitat

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