Using Boiling Water to Recharge Your iPhone!
Need to recharge your iPhone out the middle of no where? You are in luck! Our friends over at TES NewEnergy have reported to iPhone Einstein that they have developed a phone charger that when dropped into a pan of boiling water converts the heat from the water into electricity to top-up a mobile phone, or other small consumer device.
“We are looking at the device for emergency situations and remote operations.” says Jennifer Svensson, CEO VertiGO, A company that manages mobility for the Department of Defense. “After a hurricane there is generally no available electricity but communications is still critical, this could give first responders a source to recharge phones and land mobile radios” says Svensson. The new gadget is initially being supplied as a cooking pan with a built in USB socket.
Aimed at developing countries, but inspired by the recent Japanese earthquake, the pan is designed to be used over a normal wood burning fire. The developers noted that a wood campfire temperature is considerably higher than is needed to boil water – so a lot of energy is wasted in the atmosphere or lost in heating the pan.
The gadget they developed converts some of that waste heat into direct electrical current. The device can recharge the average mobile phone in 3 to 5 hours.