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Micro Wind Turbine is light, efficient, and can charge 24/7

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For times when a portable battery pack and solar charger won t do, the power of the wind could be the way to charge your smartphone.

École Cantonale d Art Lausanne design student Nils Ferber has developed the Micro Wind Turbine, which came out of his personal experience of running out of battery during longer treks.

I contacted a number of mountaineers, climbers, film-makers, and expedition leaders and asked them questions about their experiences, requirements and typical weather conditions.

But being entirely dependent on sunshine is a huge problem for them, sometimes putting them out of work for several days, Ferber wrote on the James Dyson Award site.

They were instantly excited about a wind turbine but pointed out that weight, pack size and ease of use would be of greatest importance for them.

To satisfy portability requirements, the Micro Wind Turbine weighs just over 2 pounds, which Ferber claims is 40 percent lighter than its closest competitor, and folds down to the size of an umbrella or trekking pole.

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