A wind-up bike light and cell phone charger in one
The Powerplus Swallow is certainly an interesting concept. It’s a windup bike light and phone charger in one. Now, I’m pretty sure this won’t outshine our favorite light, the Planet Bike Blinky Superflash, but you never know. According to the ECOutlet (cute…), the light will shine intensely for 8 minutes for every 1 minute of winding you do. Also, 1 minute of winding will give you 2-8 minutes of talk time or 20-30 minutes standby time. Ok, I admit, this could be useful if it worked well. The next time you’re on a long ride, and realize you’re running late, but your cell phone is dead, and it’s starting to get dark out; you’ll totally be good to go. This would be the ultimate accessory for the one time that ever happens.
According to ECOutlet:
The bicycle lights contain a white LED to the front and red LED for the rear which have two modes of brightness: 3 x Ultra bright LEDs illuminated or 3 x Ultra bright LEDs flashing.
They have a few different manufacturer’s cell phone adapters, including one for the iPod.
Anyone have one of these that can say how well they work? I’m not even sure if it’s available in the U.S.