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The WaterLily turbine is a handy device for outdoor use that can be driven by wind and water as well as by hand crank in an emergency. The aim is to generate electricity in order to charge the battery of cell phones, smartphones or other devices. In this article I have summarized a few details about the charging turbine from the Canadian start-up "WaterLily" as well as some videos that show the environmentally friendly charger in action.
The WaterLily Turbine is a round, handy charger that generates electricity from the rotating movement of its rotors. The rotation occurs within a flowing water or by hanging the turbine in the wind. If there is no river or stream and no wind within range, the ailing battery of cell phones, smartphones, GPS and Co. can also be charged with a hand crank. In this way, at least in an emergency, an emergency call can be made. The WaterLily Turbine measures 18 cm in diameter and can easily be placed in or on the backpack.
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Here I have briefly summarized the WaterLily features that you will find on the Manufacturer's website can call up again in English:
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If you are thinking of buying the WaterLily turbine, then you should first take a look at the technical data (as well as the price). These are the specs of the outdoor charger:
If a brook babbles along or if the wind is more of a mild breeze, then it may well happen that the turbine charger does not generate enough power. Here are the requirements for the natural energy sources used:
Currently you cannot buy the WaterLily Turbine from Amazon (yet); it is mainly distributed via the manufacturer's website linked above. If you want to order the outdoor charger for wind and water energy, be prepared for a price of € 137,30. The package for this sum includes the above-mentioned scope of delivery including a small 2.600 mAh power bank. The hand crank is not included. This can be purchased as an optional accessory; for a proud € 21,45. Hobbyists can safely improvise them with cheaper materials.
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I found some test videos on YouTube that show whether and how well the charger for water and wind works. There are also a few short video impressions that were uploaded directly by the manufacturer. Below is a small selection:
Today I got an email that I don't want to withhold from you. I have no idea whether the information is correct, but I would leave it as an "external" opinion from my reader Otto:
I really tested this gadget, made various measurements. Total nonsense. I would refrain from distributing it. The maximum power you can get is about 1 watt! And only in the water. In the air, even in a strong storm, you don't get anything out, because with the slightest load [by a consumer; Editor's note] can hardly turn. Would warn everyone about this thing.
In case anyone should read this from Water Lily: I like to test the device out and add my mustard to it. Enough water and wind are currently not an issue, with German March / April weather.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.