Leveraging the capacity of the sun to power our gadgets, homes and just about any electronic has become much more commonplace in the last few years. Before that, hydropower found a home in North America as a viable source of renewable energy. This is evident in dams across the world.
Enomad is a startup based out of South Korea that is working to harness hydropower on a much smaller scale. It recently took to Kickstarter with a new product called the Estream that converts running water into usable energy for smartphones, batteries and more. Full details below.
Estream clocks in at less than two pounds and has a small footprint that would easily fit in your backpack. It is capable of pushing up to 5 watts of power when operating at full capacity. The built-in 6400mAh battery pack can be charged over the course of roughly four hours.
Estream’s preferred method of powering up your devices goes something like this: first, it is submerged into a stream of running water. The turbines found at the top of the product rotate freely and create energy that is stored within the battery pack. After a few hours the internal battery pack will be ready to provide somewhere around three charges of an iPhone 6/s. Obviously, you aren’t going to want to have your device plugged in while the Estream is in water.
There are a few downfalls that are worth pointing out. One, we are seeing solar chargers that are powering your devices at full capacity now. Estream does have a “quick charge” function (no, not that one) but you can only use it after the battery pack is fully juiced up. If you’re looking for a more on-demand power supply, solar is the way to go. But, this is still a noteworthy design. The ability to harness renewable energy is certainly a trending topic and the Estream fits right into that discussion.
As of writing, there are 26 days remaining in this Kickstarter campaign with Energy Nomad raising 50% of its $80,000 goal. Currently a pledge of $180 will lock-in early bird pricing with January delivery if all goes to plan.
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