We’ve come a long way since the first electric wind turbine was invented by Professor James Blyth in 1887. For backpackers and travelers, not many options are available for power on the go. Hand crank batteries, gas generators, and other less-than-ideal devices don’t quite do the trick all the time. However, the Shine Turbine is an innovative solution for campers, backpackers, and travelers to charge and power their devices. Let’s talk about what it can do.
A portable wind power generator
Produced by Canadian R&D business Aurea, this device is small enough to fit in a backpack when disassembled. Many backpackers, hikers, and travelers find themselves in remote areas without access to electricity. This device makes it possible to take advantage of natural wind to charge their devices. The stronger the wind, the more energy they can draw from.
According to Shine, a smartphone can supposedly be charged to full capacity in as little as 20 minutes. However, this is a very generous estimate. As of right now, the fastest charging smartphone in the world can charge from 0 to 100% in as little as 15 minutes with 120W fast charging. It’s possible that this isn’t the charging time for your phone but instead for the battery inside the turbine.
The slower the wind speed, the slower the charging. At slight breezes, the company expects Shine Turbine to take up 12 hours and 26 minutes to have enough power to charge a cell phone. The device can charge other electronics too, like USB lights, cameras, speakers, tablets, GPS devices, and more.
Durable to the elements
Shine Turbine handles the elements as an outdoor device easily and efficiently. Users can set up the device in the rain thanks to IP54 water resistance. However, sub-zero conditions could damage the battery. Buyers can also rest assured that Shine will provide replacement parts if necessary under their one year warranty. Replacement parts should be purchased outside the warranty when needed.
Sustainable manufacturing and a responsibly sourced supply chain were important factors when Aurea designed the turbine. They also have a commitment to part recycling and biodegradable packaging. Reducing your carbon footprint, especially when camping and backpacking, is very important for protecting the environment.
Using the Shine Turbine
This portable wind power generator comes with a mount, pegs, and reflective guy-wires that stabilize the device when in use. It has an internal battery of 12,000 mAh. At full charge, this can charge a typical smartphone about three times. With a USB-A cable, users can plug their devices into the generator to charge at 40W. The turbine has a maximum noise rating of 50 decibels, which is about the same level as a conversation or clothes dryer.
Aurea designed the turbine to be easily disassembled, folded up, and stored in a backpack or carrying case for travel and storage. It’s currently being crowdfunded by an Indiegogo campaign. Early buyers can get a hold of the device for around $327 USD. Buyers should expect shipping by October 2022.
Source: Shine Turbine