Besides two new S40 devices, the C1 and the C2, Nokia also announced a Bicycle Charger Kit. The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit consists of a charger DC-14 and dynamo, as well as a holder CR-124 to secure the phone to the bike. When the kit is installed, the dynamo – a small electrical generator – uses the movement of the wheels to charge the handset through the standard 2mm charging jack used in most Nokia mobile phones. The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit will be available before the end of the year. Prices will vary by market. In Kenya, where the kit was first unveiled, it will cost about £12.50 (15 euros).
I am wondering whether this kit will have also a microUSB charger jack, as many new devices sports just microUSB and no 2mm port (i.e. N97 or the N900). In case it will not have a microUSB jack, users have to buy an adapter at their own costs! Anyhow, for navigation this is totally brilliant. Now we need to wait if Ovi Maps will also feature a bike-mode in future.
Alex Lambeek, Vice President at Nokia said:
”You must look at a number of things when it comes to power management – such as ensuring the phone’s operating system is as power-efficient as possible. Now, with our innovative bike charger, people get even more freedom to use their Nokia without worrying about battery life. Bicycles are the most widespread means of transport in many markets around the world, so this is just one more benefit to be gained from an activity people are already doing. This is a great solution to a real challenge, whether people will use it due to limited access to electricity, or to be more environmentally responsible. ”