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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. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Nahh I'm still waiting for the geothermal energy iPhone charger....
    1. CameronG63's Avatar
      CameronG63 -
      That is pretty dope! I would feel funny sporting that 24/7
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      Who leaves their iPhone out in a windy environment in order to charge it? Should have been attached to a cable instead
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      It's a neat idea but not practical
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      Nahh I'm still waiting for the geothermal energy iPhone charger....
      when bill gates allows an i-product in his house......thats when geothermal energy iphone chargers will exist but for now well have to settle with this (or some people that are green environmentalist that actually own an iphone of any kind )doubt!, all jokes off: I know this is green and all but I cant be seen walking around with that thing and 6HRS!!!! to charge an iphone is just way to much! even if the iphones battery could last all day I still wouldnt use this because when I go to sleep and leave the iphone charging with this thing...its not going to charge cuz theres no wind in my house!! and 6 hrs is basically the whole day gone by.....im sorry but this is kindof a fail.....

      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      It's a neat idea but not practical
      yes exactly.
    1. SIRIUSISSUES's Avatar
      SIRIUSISSUES -
      You could always blow into it for 6 hours lmao.
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      Quote Originally Posted by SIRIUSISSUES View Post
      You could always blow into it for 6 hours lmao.
      I get dizzy after 2 minutes lol
    1. arghwhymustiregister's Avatar
      arghwhymustiregister -
      just hold it out of your window while driving to your office..
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by athleticswimmer View Post
      when bill gates allows an i-product in his house......thats when geothermal energy iphone chargers will exist but for now well have to settle with this
      I was being extremely sarcastic haha. For all the greenie weenies, you're hardly saving any energy doing this because it is so impractical.
    1. 5h4d0w's Avatar
      5h4d0w -
      Just wait until someone gets their hair caught in it while trying to talk, or it slices into someone's ear... Why doesn't someone just make a Solar Panel attachment so that the light from the LCD Screen will recharge the iPhone! Problem Solved!

      /sarcasm

      Anyway... It's a cool idea, but really, who's gonna hold their iPhone in the wind for 6hrs? I'd be happier if someone built a 9v battery adapter.
    1. xxANARCHYxx707's Avatar
      xxANARCHYxx707 -
      id rather just get a hand crank charger more practice
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      I was being extremely sarcastic haha.
      haha, yea i know, me 2
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Good starting idea! Has a lot of room to grow and improve into something better.
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      Solar would be better than this.
      Unless at night you need a charge, and you wanna spend a few hours blowing the fan around.
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      haha was going to say the same thing! it all ends up on using a plain old car ipod/iphone/ipad charger or a regular electricity charger.....
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by arghwhymustiregister View Post
      just hold it out of your window while driving to your office..
      I can see many a destroyed iPhone that were blown outta people hands
    1. elkyelky's Avatar
      elkyelky -
      This idea is flawed. It can only be used outdoors (unless you have some weird indoor weather system which creates wind) and who is going to be outdoors for 6 hours while they wait for their phone to charge?
    1. Tfost's Avatar
      Tfost -
      Car charger
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      this would be very useful....... for Man v/s Wild or Survivorman!!! they are alone in the wild for 7 days, no communication, but hey, while they sleep, the phone charges in the middle of nowhere (I know there is no service there, but at least u can listen to some music) LOL
    1. davshirley's Avatar
      davshirley -
      So you drive your car around for six hours with the iphone hung out the window to charge it? Sounds green to me.

      I'm waiting for the pocket nuclear fusion iphone charger...