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Published on January 10th, 2009 | by Jerry James Stone

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Solar and Wind Powered Portable Charger Debuts at CES

January 10th, 2009 by  

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Not to be mistaken for a solar powered desk fan (which is what I thought it was), the crafty Kenisis K2 is a solar and wind powered 2-in-1 charger for all your USB needs.

It can power a typical cell phone 5-times over on a full charge! Um, where do I sign up?

And while it’s designed to harvest the power of nature, it’s also quite practical. It also includes an AC adapter for when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating.

You can stand the device up or hang it from your bike. I like that idea since I sit next to a big sunny window at work – though I wish the wind turbine would also operate as a fan.

The device is expected to run for about $100. Engadget has a nice video of the device from CES here. LED indicators let you know how much juice the device has, and it has internal storage for multiple adapter tips.

Image: Kinesis.com


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is a web developer, part-time blogger, and a full-time environmentalist. His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. His passions include cooking, green tech, eco politics, and smart green design. And while he doesn't own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper. Jerry currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his cat Lola. You can stalk him on Twitter @jerryjamesstone.



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  • Man I wish I had this on my recent trip down the grand canyon. Often you would not be able to get sunlight to a solar charger cos you were you know…. in a pretty grand canyon that doesn’t always have direct sunlight…. this is an awesome looking device

  • Man I wish I had this on my recent trip down the grand canyon. Often you would not be able to get sunlight to a solar charger cos you were you know…. in a pretty grand canyon that doesn’t always have direct sunlight…. this is an awesome looking device

  • David Diez

    amount of CO2 used to produce this gadget > the amount of CO2 this gadget would save.

    save $100. don’t buy crap.

  • David Diez

    amount of CO2 used to produce this gadget > the amount of CO2 this gadget would save.

    save $100. don’t buy crap.

  • Would be perfect with a hand crank aswell!, possabilities of charging a netbook?

    That would be great for travel around the world =]

  • Would be perfect with a hand crank aswell!, possabilities of charging a netbook?

    That would be great for travel around the world =]

  • Stupidity Makes Me Puke

    It would sell a lot better if it were a USB powered desk fan that happened to have a green washing solar cell on it.

    But, then again, I’m sure that there are probably a few people out there stupid enough to buy this and a subset of those that actually believe that this shite provides some benefit to the environment.

  • Stupidity Makes Me Puke

    It would sell a lot better if it were a USB powered desk fan that happened to have a green washing solar cell on it.

    But, then again, I’m sure that there are probably a few people out there stupid enough to buy this and a subset of those that actually believe that this shite provides some benefit to the environment.

  • David Chu

    Saw this product at CES and my impression is that it’s a wannabe Solio product with a gimmicky wind vane on it. The wind generator doesn’t make any sense since it would take between 36 to 72 hours to recharge the battery. If you know anything about wind energy, you would know that wind speeds are very slow at ground level. Part of the reason why wind generators are so big is so that they can extract the energy out of fast high altitude winds. Can’t get this product in retail stores yet as they company doesn’t have any distribution. Don’t know if anybody picked it up.

  • David Chu

    Saw this product at CES and my impression is that it’s a wannabe Solio product with a gimmicky wind vane on it. The wind generator doesn’t make any sense since it would take between 36 to 72 hours to recharge the battery. If you know anything about wind energy, you would know that wind speeds are very slow at ground level. Part of the reason why wind generators are so big is so that they can extract the energy out of fast high altitude winds. Can’t get this product in retail stores yet as they company doesn’t have any distribution. Don’t know if anybody picked it up.

  • I purchased a Solar Monkey on a China Airlines flight in the summer. It is a solar charger with many adapter ends. It works great to keep my Blackberry charged, works on 2 of my 3 daughters cell phones. We love it. If I recall correctly the price was about $75 U.S.

  • I purchased a Solar Monkey on a China Airlines flight in the summer. It is a solar charger with many adapter ends. It works great to keep my Blackberry charged, works on 2 of my 3 daughters cell phones. We love it. If I recall correctly the price was about $75 U.S.

  • Morgan Daly

    Doesn’t it cost as much oil to make a charging device that doesn’t use the sun or wind to produce it’s energy?

    If this can charge an iPhone I would be very interested in getting one.

  • Morgan Daly

    Doesn’t it cost as much oil to make a charging device that doesn’t use the sun or wind to produce it’s energy?

    If this can charge an iPhone I would be very interested in getting one.

  • Dan Merchant

    Just spin the blades with your finger!

  • Dan Merchant

    Just spin the blades with your finger!

  • This will be great for camping. Got to have movies while you camp, even if your tenting.

  • This will be great for camping. Got to have movies while you camp, even if your tenting.

  • joel

    how much oil to produce this ‘green’ gadget and after millions are sold they’re in the landfill forever.

  • joel

    how much oil to produce this ‘green’ gadget and after millions are sold they’re in the landfill forever.

  • Man that’s cool I want one.

  • Man that’s cool I want one.

  • Rif

    Looks funny but a bit bulky. Please do buy one and tell us if it really works. There are no technical info to be found on the company site.

    http://www.kinesisindustries.com/products.php

    Based on the photo for the solar PV area my estimate is that it can produce about 1W in optimal sun. It could take a long time to charge a mobile phone.

    Wind turbine, how little wind to make it produce just 1W? How much wind is too much before the whole standing device blows over?

    For an alternative solar field charging device see ME2Solar, which do list their tech spec:

    http://mobile-energy2.com/product_foldable650.php

  • Rif

    Looks funny but a bit bulky. Please do buy one and tell us if it really works. There are no technical info to be found on the company site.

    http://www.kinesisindustries.com/products.php

    Based on the photo for the solar PV area my estimate is that it can produce about 1W in optimal sun. It could take a long time to charge a mobile phone.

    Wind turbine, how little wind to make it produce just 1W? How much wind is too much before the whole standing device blows over?

    For an alternative solar field charging device see ME2Solar, which do list their tech spec:

    http://mobile-energy2.com/product_foldable650.php

  • Suzette

    If this product had a hand crank capacitor it would be perfect!

  • Suzette

    If this product had a hand crank capacitor it would be perfect!

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