Powering gadgets and fitness: The innovative Ampera desk bike from LifeSpan

LifeSpan Fitness Ampera Desk Bike
The Ampera desk bike lets you pedal your way to fitness while powering your devices. Images © LifeSpan Fitness

In today’s fast-paced world, multitasking has become the norm rather than the exception. But the quest for productivity often comes at the cost of physical well-being, especially for those who find themselves stuck behind a desk for extended periods. Utah-based company LifeSpan Fitness has come up with an intriguing solution to this problem— the Ampera desk bike. Not only does this device help you stay in shape, but it also converts your pedaling into energy for charging your gadgets.

Founded in 2002 with the aim of “bringing physical activity to your workday,” LifeSpan Fitness is no stranger to the world of exercise-cum-work equipment. The company introduced its first treadmill desk in 2011 and has been in the desk bike business since 2013. The Ampera desk bike is its latest offering and first to be introduced via a Kickstarter campaign.

One of the most commendable features of the Ampera is its belt-drive system, which ensures that your workout is whisper-quiet, avoiding any distractions in a professional setting. The bike converts the kinetic energy generated by pedaling into usable power, with the company reporting an impressive 65 watts per hour when pedaling at 60 rpm “at any given resistance level.”

Connectivity and convenience are also high on the list of Ampera’s features. The bike comes with a 65-W USB-C charging port situated at its bottom rear and a 15-W Qi-compliant wireless charging pad located at the front. For those who like a bit of flair, an RGB ring light at the pedals can display one of 12 colors, controlled via a companion app over Bluetooth 5. The iOS/Android app further acts as a portal for tracking fitness statistics like cadence, speed, distance, estimated calories burned, and power generated.

LifeSpan Fitness Ampera Desk Bike Pedal Ring Light
The Ampera’s companion app does double duty: switch up the RGB ring light colors at the pedals and keep tabs on your fitness metrics, all from your smartphone.

Sustainability and comfort have not been ignored either. The main structure is made from 30% recycled materials and is anchored on a 25.35-inch-long tubular aluminum base frame for stability. The desk bike weighs 68 lbs and comes with a fabric-covered padded seat adjustable for users between heights of 5 to 6.4 feet. A handle and trolley wheels are included for easy repositioning.

For those considering the Ampera, the Kickstarter campaign offers starting pledges at $549. It’s worth noting that shipping is planned to start from November, although the usual crowdfunding risks apply. Additionally, the Ampera does not come with a built-in work platform, unlike some competitors such as Acer’s eKinekt. Hence, a standing desk, which LifeSpan also sells starting at $499, would be a necessary add-on.

LifeSpan Fitness Ampera Bike Standing Desk
The Ampera desk bike comes without an accompanying standing desk, requiring a separate purchase for a complete workspace setup.

While the Ampera desk bike does require an initial investment, its dual role as a fitness device and a gadget charger offers a compelling value proposition for those looking to add a bit of ‘active multi-tasking’ to their workday.

LifeSpan Fitness Ampera Desk Bike Height
At a height of approximately 33 inches, the Ampera desk bike necessitates pairing with a standing desk for an optimal work setup.

Source: LifeSpan