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  • iFan Charges Your iPhone The Green Way



    Here's a cool iPhone accessory that should please both green technology advocates and critics of the iPhone's less than truly long-lasting battery. The winds of changing chargers are blowing thanks to designer Tjeerd Veenhoven, who has successfully tweaked a PC fan and merged it with a rubber iPhone case. The end result: the iFan, a unique homemade gadget that lets you fully charge your iPhone (it takes about six hours) using wind.

    While one-quarter of a full day is, unfortunately, a long time to wait to charge your iPhone, there are practical applications for folks on-the-go or avid hiking enthusiasts (the outdoors type, in general) where the iFan is still a worthwhile charging mechanism to tote around. In the future, however, Veenhoven says he plans to update and further modify the blade structure of the fan to increase charging efficiency and, thus, the total length of time needed to fully charge the iPhone.

    Yes, critics will says it's bulky and unwieldy. But demand for such green innovations for our gadgets has become such that even Apple is said to be ardently researching the prospect of solar panels for future iDevices upgrades. Of course, it will be a while before that research actually yields a change in product design. So, for now, it's up to third party accessory makers to carry the "green" banner. And that's exactly what people like Tjeerd Veenhoven will do all the way to the bank.

    Tjeerd Veenhoven
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iFan Charges Your iPhone The Green Way started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      he should of made a hat you wear with a pinwheel on it that charges the phone
      or a soda drinking hat that has a fan
      the possibilities are endless!

      really though, i see it more as a battery life extender
      every time you are outside, and you pull it out of your pocket, you are going to wake it from sleep mode, where it will last for days anyway
      the supplemental energy from the fan will lengthen your battery life at the times when the phone draws the most power from the battery
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      What if there is no wind?

      What if your in the eye of a hurricane?
    1. JP Cambridge's Avatar
      JP Cambridge -
      This idea is for the few but marketed to the masses. The only people who might be remotely interested in this are talking bears (who subsequently have iPhone 4's), people in windy cities (Chicago, SF... oh wait, they both have electricity, too?), and people who hike to get away from society (but apparently not their iPhones). Other than that, we have these amazing, long, thin cables that'll do the work for you if you're around an outlet or computer. I forget what they're called, however, so just get a inconvenient-fan-a-mabob.
    1. ZFrost's Avatar
      ZFrost -
      Seems like it would be more or an attachment for on the go. I'm not shaking anything so it flies out of my hand.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Is this 6 hrs under high winds? If so, you need to live in a tornado to get this to charge. And who walks around with a spinning fan on their iPhone?

      The only use for this device is if your stranded somewhere and need it to charge your iPhone enough to make an emergency call.
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      Just make your own DYI solar.
    1. StevenB's Avatar
      StevenB -
      I could see myself using this when I go camping at Kings Canyon by Sequoia because we listen to the iPod all day long.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by arghwhymustiregister View Post
      just hold it out of your window while driving to your office..
      Thats what I was thinking lol
    1. minhwan's Avatar
      minhwan -
      Sighing at people who have no respect to this great invention. Why people look at this just within their own boundaries ?

      For instance, this will be a great gadget for bikers and it's wireless!! They don't have to attach bloody generator anymore. Furthermore, this can be utilised for many other applications.

      Imagine kids
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by minhwan View Post
      Sighing at people who have no respect to this great invention. Why people look at this just within their own boundaries ?

      For instance, this will be a great gadget for bikers and it's wireless!! They don't have to attach bloody generator anymore. Furthermore, this can be utilised for many other applications.

      Imagine kids
      Cause and I'll say it again

      Why not a solution all it's own

      A Jiggle Battery, just like the flashlights you jiggle to power on

      That way even when your playing a game, or if your running and it's in your pocket it will be charging

      Sure it will make the iDevice a little bigger but place like 10 of those things inside of it that are all small so when the iDevice gets tilted they slide creating a charge, of course they will need to be placed at different angles to work better cause no one wants to constantly flip there iDevice, but if you shake it for say 30 sec you get 5-10 more min just like the flashlights

      Invent that
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      Cause and I'll say it again

      Why not a solution all it's own

      A Jiggle Battery, just like the flashlights you jiggle to power on

      That way even when your playing a game, or if your running and it's in your pocket it will be charging

      Sure it will make the iDevice a little bigger but place like 10 of those things inside of it that are all small so when the iDevice gets tilted they slide creating a charge, of course they will need to be placed at different angles to work better cause no one wants to constantly flip there iDevice, but if you shake it for say 30 sec you get 5-10 more min just like the flashlights

      Invent that
      You would have to shake it way too much to make it usable. iDevices eat up a ton more juice than flashlights.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Well then make a solar back so that when your in your car you can lay it upside down on the dash or hold it up in the while outside
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I rather use the electrical way....
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      Well then make a solar back so that when your in your car you can lay it upside down on the dash or hold it up in the while outside
      As previously mentioned in this thread, they already have them. Although I'm uncertain as to whether or not there is an updated model for the 4th gen line.