Along with the Gotwind REcharge pod we designed and manufactured for Orange, we also created the kinetic energy ‘dance charger’.

We designed a generator capable of converting mechanical to electrical energy and after several weeks of head scratching we achieved a generating efficiency of 85% and a generator small enough in size to be mounted on an armband.

The electrical energy generated is rectified from a bipolar current impulse (AC) to direct current (DC) to charge a rechargeable battery. A high efficiency booster circuit is then used to achieve the constant current power supply to charge a mobile phone, or any other portable electronic device for that matter.

After testing the power output from an hours (crazy!) dancing was sufficient to recharge a Nokia N95 to two bars of charge, equivalent to approximately 15 minutes of talk time.

The armband was manufactured from  Neoprene with Velcro fixing straps.

The core design principles of our generator could also be adopted for generating charge whilst performing other activities such as jogging, or even walking and be leg or waist mounted. We are currently researching into other varioations of the product and gaining higher charge efficiencies.

We are very pleased with what we have achieved at the prototype stage and are now looking into moving this concept into production.

Please contact us if you wish to find out more about the dance charger, or discuss any possibilities for your company.

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