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Sick of your phone running out of battery? Now you can use a mini water turbine to charge it up. With the invention already a success in India, the German engineer behind it now has his sights set on the African market.
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9 мар 2017




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Vincent Robinette
Vincent Robinette 13 минут назад
Fascinating idea, but far too expensive for the people whom it's supposed to help. A rig like this, needs to cost about $39.00 US. For me, it would be a novelty, not something I would rely on everyday. For day to day use, I would use a photovoltaic panel. Especially for the price. Not so much that this is expensive, but because panels these days are so affordable, and can be used anywhere.
Martin Soria
Martin Soria 3 дня назад
I would like to know if you can send me a catalog or something to see if I can import it and sell it in Chile
Richard Rhee
Richard Rhee 6 дней назад
Good idea and great work
Jman86 Gamertag
Jman86 Gamertag 16 дней назад
china will be selling a cheaper product. Half the cost, half the size and twice as powerful.
quantumeraser 16 дней назад
How re-volting!
Torsten 17 дней назад
Actually the WaterLily seems to be better than this version.
Clayton Adams
Clayton Adams Месяц назад
Devices like these have worked on sailboats for years.
Mickiii P
Mickiii P Месяц назад
Jews wont allow this, never.
Abc 123
Abc 123 Месяц назад
Peter Avila
Peter Avila Месяц назад
Its always easier to criticise.
Peter Avila
Peter Avila Месяц назад
shurppa64 Месяц назад
Sailors have been towing these devices behind their boats for decades.
Mister Morne Van der Berg
Mister Morne Van der Berg Месяц назад
Ahhh...now you can charge your cell phone in the shower every morning!
El Presidente Fußnagel Leckano
El Presidente Fußnagel Leckano Месяц назад
Das i in Deutschland steht für Innovation. Mutti bremst doch solche Innovationen.
Ken Skater
Ken Skater Месяц назад
Should adapt this to work in drains.
Its ironic coz ive been thinking bout this kind of thing since childhood
Sampo Kemppainen
Sampo Kemppainen Месяц назад
There's no way you can charge those batteries with that.
Hugh Mcdanel
Hugh Mcdanel Месяц назад
Put them in line on the lake discharge to capture powerwhen the lake is lowered for flood control.
Caroline Balkon
Caroline Balkon Месяц назад
They have to make new design for homesteaders and off grid users, but the one in this video is for hikers and campers. I like ask if could create another one for ppl in general who want to test it out in their gutters and they probably could test it out do field and lab test study, So it called "Blue Freedom Portable" and you get from here : blue-freedom.net/
Borderland Films
Borderland Films Месяц назад
can they scale it up?
bipedalbob Месяц назад
Great idea, off to a good start, lots of blah blah below about solars better, what ever, no one said there can only be one way to create power, and if you do live near, or going to be near, running water why not, the price seems to be an issue for some, if the quality of construction is top notch and the device will last for many years of use then they can't be produced and sold at the dollar store.
KL Rider
KL Rider Месяц назад
What about the fish or the salamander? Will the smaller generator be harmful for the sea creatures?
James Davidson
James Davidson Месяц назад
Jainudin Ngaciro 🇮🇩🇲🇾🇹🇷🇵🇸
He is muslim, he is the inventor.👍👳😍
Relaxmode Месяц назад
How long it takes to charge a Tesla Model X?
Franky Garcia
Franky Garcia Месяц назад
I’ll take one please
arijit patra
arijit patra Месяц назад
2:42 500 watts for an entire village?
Michael Monk
Michael Monk Месяц назад
If 500 watts supplies an entire village.. something is wrong!
c431inf 11b
c431inf 11b Месяц назад
China claim ownership yet
CASH ADDIKTZ Месяц назад
Stole my invention. God will punish u
bahdeng kms
bahdeng kms Месяц назад
Usefully camping gear
KiloWatio standard
KiloWatio standard Месяц назад
Vos va reventar el servell de tanta paja mental, nano... acabareu ficant turbines en el bater pa fer fer llum quan astireu la cadena. Che busqueuse una faena com Deu mana, tan difisil es...???!!!!
Terry Hall
Terry Hall Месяц назад
Wow that's crazy. For $1 I can go to dollar tree and get 4 batteries that charge more than that. And if I need more, there's more dollar trees around.
Brody Joesph
Brody Joesph Месяц назад
A play ground??? 😂😂😂
StormP666 Месяц назад
Hydropower? In Africa? The Continent with the Water Problems? Jeah, right.
Dale Lee
Dale Lee Месяц назад
They need this for the ocean but 50 x bigger and a lot of them
Mike Marley
Mike Marley Месяц назад
Luca Caldari
Luca Caldari Месяц назад
They forgot to say how many hours you have to wait for the battery to be fully charged, a lot I suppose.
Steven Lazo
Steven Lazo Месяц назад
Where can i get one
vzgsxr Месяц назад
What size unit would I need to charge up my wife's sex drive?
Freddy Sanchez
Freddy Sanchez Месяц назад
What about a wind generator for the top of the car?
mach one
mach one Месяц назад
Good start. Lots of creeks in alaska
Real Ganstas
Real Ganstas 2 месяца назад
If people don’t have acces to power I doubt they have a phone
Jemay Rodriguez
Jemay Rodriguez 2 месяца назад
Espectacular cuanto vale la compro
The Firehawk
The Firehawk 2 месяца назад
Stupid product that will always be sold for a stupid price, better solutions exist that are less complex and more scalable
TheSushiraw 2 месяца назад
*When there is a will, there is a way...*
Brian Gentile
Brian Gentile 2 месяца назад
Environmentalist attacked gold dredgers in the U.S. for endangering fish to exposed impellers even though gold dredges don't utilize exposed impellers.. I wonder when they would attack this design?
monster jesse
monster jesse 2 месяца назад
InvisiMan 2 месяца назад
"Power plant" is a little dramatic. But this is cool.
Nathan Lee
Nathan Lee 2 месяца назад
I saw his last name, and automatically thought of David hasslehoff.
navahohoe _
navahohoe _ 2 месяца назад
wow what a cool idea.
yellow beard james gibson
yellow beard james gibson 2 месяца назад
Awesome.can't wait to see it's durability.
Isaiah Lopez
Isaiah Lopez 2 месяца назад
Imagine a hundred of those things in a river or stream...the fish or wild life would get trapped and die. Or no??
alphadooggs 2 месяца назад
Same concept +wind powered turbine (or manual operation)= better chances to uses it. Once you make billions remember me.
Ya Boi CJ
Ya Boi CJ 2 месяца назад
Correct me if I’m wrong but, isn’t it just a motor shaft connected to a wire connected to a propeller? Of course their is the battery and circuit board but those don’t cost much at all to make. That thing is worth probably $120-$180 at most
Spider Survaillance
Spider Survaillance 2 месяца назад
We can match similar prototype.
William Baker
William Baker 2 месяца назад
😫 God Damn do you people in the comments understand how development occurs? Do you actually think solar and wind when first developed they cost the same they do now? Solar by itself is never going to be the answer it will require the combination of solar, wind, and hydro amongst other green tech to break our dependency on fossil fuels and atomic.
Drake Doragon
Drake Doragon 2 месяца назад
Bet the fish might not like getting grounded up in it?
Sibusiso Dlamini
Sibusiso Dlamini 2 месяца назад
Call me when you drop the price, at least by half
FirstName LastName
FirstName LastName 2 месяца назад
Some of this green energy is just a money grab. 5 watts of power for about $350 USD.
FOX MULDER 2 месяца назад
Now just turn that fan with magnets and BAM! you have free energy
Erik S
Erik S 2 месяца назад
Get it down to $20-50 and you have yourself a deal! But like all new things like this, it will be a bit before we see anything like that. I've forgotten at least a dozen neat inventions that were super promising and made it to this stage, and haven't heard anything about them in years. But if you're gonna be charging $300+ per unit, you can get a 100w solar unit for that price
Geeksmithing 2 месяца назад
300 Euros? Seems awfully steep
Luca 2 месяца назад
0:49 Boah ist das ein komisches Gefühl wenn der deutsche von englischer Synchro unterbrochen wird :O So weird when the german guy gets interrupted by english synchro, usually its the other way around
mxx pro
mxx pro 2 месяца назад
german engineering < Chinese businessmanship
Rafael Cabral
Rafael Cabral 2 месяца назад
Ok, now I can live in my camping house. TKS! Wherer I buy?
Joel Robert Justiawan
Joel Robert Justiawan 2 месяца назад
*Mechanics are real creative than that Yellow turbine!!!* single cable on axle!!!
Ankit Gupta
Ankit Gupta 2 месяца назад
Export this to India please..
Marco Rodriguez
Marco Rodriguez 2 месяца назад
*EA: Stick sold separately*
Rich Glass
Rich Glass 2 месяца назад
All things in nature are layered. So why wouldn't a layered approach work for our energy needs? Different environments require different solutions. Price always goes down in time and with competition. Western nations have an insatiable appetite for energy and will stop at nothing to aquire it, so I imagine it would be difficult for these folks to understand the simple energy needs of these villagers.
Tokyo Warfare
Tokyo Warfare 2 месяца назад
During valkan war theese where pretty common
spooky 2 месяца назад
Summer Charger for river and lake trips!
Subhasish Mitra
Subhasish Mitra 2 месяца назад
One day this gadget could be essential for every traveler.....i would only suggest that make it ideal for water as well as air.....
Ramon Martinez
Ramon Martinez 2 месяца назад
Pretty cool man!👌
Bill T
Bill T 2 месяца назад
Help africa. Lol ok
Zack Brumis
Zack Brumis 2 месяца назад
Good luck finding a running stream when all the water supplies have been sucked dry.
Shadow Banned
Shadow Banned 2 месяца назад
Be a handy item for a camper/tramper to have in his or her arsenal
Edward Gross
Edward Gross 2 месяца назад
Sounded good for the first minute, then it starts to fall apart. And lads water is NOT everywhere.
OnlyMyRailgun Unknown
OnlyMyRailgun Unknown 2 месяца назад
I kinda feel we will get deadly problems soon taking the energy from our ecosystem. It should be taken from the sun firstly. There might be any association between earths magnetic field and the ocean moving.
skyler and friends
skyler and friends 2 месяца назад
Genius :)
lolololo 2 месяца назад
he charge iphone with that? wow it will take a week to full charge
Red Neck
Red Neck 2 месяца назад
Lol, look at this "social" entrepreneur project
George Robartes
George Robartes 2 месяца назад
A copy of my generator designed to generate power for a small cottage/ Lodge on the side of a valley in an outline planning application in Malvern District Council from a small river near Leigh Sinton back in 1999/2000 . It's on record . The application was made on behalf of Tom Norbury who at the time owned some 9 acres of the valley side. Anyone who would like to manufacture these generators in the UK please contact me .
Zoé Bőle
Zoé Bőle 2 месяца назад
If you really mean to help people in developing areas, you open source it.
Sonja Kavalut
Sonja Kavalut 2 месяца назад
With two 18650 battery that are installed in that device you can charge smartphone just one time.
Eric Tselovanskyi
Eric Tselovanskyi 2 месяца назад
Funny thing about these inventions, is that you can listen these guys for hours as they speak how unique and innovative it is, but then you open AliExpress or similar store, and see thousands of similar items from different manufacturers.
Stupid Storm
Stupid Storm 2 месяца назад
How do we get one or more of these?
Arnold leonard
Arnold leonard 2 месяца назад
Please let me know how I can buy few of the small samples for school for your young children . arnold.baptiste@gmail.com
Yvet Veras
Yvet Veras 2 месяца назад
300.00 ? blue freeDumb
whoelseeverdiedforyou ?
whoelseeverdiedforyou ? 2 месяца назад
Very neat.
Range Man
Range Man 2 месяца назад
A bunch of blood sucking Europeans looking to get rich quick....try this instead.... .002 % the cost of this rip off...........www.ebay.com/itm/Emergency-Power-USB-Hand-Crank-SOS-Phone-Charger-Camping-Backpack-Survival-Gear/202131918676?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
goldsberrywayne 2 месяца назад
ok. where can I get one
Phil C
Phil C 2 месяца назад
Lol what like 100 watt hour. Just grab a power pack. Save you time money.
someonesomewhere 2 месяца назад
Nothing new one of my teachers friends invented something like this already several years ago. The problem is its illigal also in germany to put it stationary in to the water because of commercial use and water right and blablabla.
RyeBread_72 2 месяца назад
It doesnt work...
Austin Carlson
Austin Carlson 2 месяца назад
This is just a nice fancy accessory for a bug out bag
Chris Ezeagu
Chris Ezeagu 2 месяца назад
Blessings, Blessings, Blessings.
jose pedro Ribeiro
jose pedro Ribeiro 2 месяца назад
Como comprar esse gerador
jimmyboy163 2 месяца назад
My hand crank/solar radio does the same thing for a fraction of the cost
Eric Nickel
Eric Nickel 2 месяца назад
Yes very expensive but a brilliant idea.
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