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Got a bike? Got a hub/bottle dynamo? Connect it to this, and recharge your gadgets whilst cycling. Reduced from £84.99 - now £24.99 @ Evans Cycles

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What does it do??
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnlB68KulcE&feature=related

Great for cycle tourers, or anyone that goes on long rides and likes to have a GPS running etc.

A very clever bit of kit - at a fraction of its normal price...


IF YOU DON'T HAVE A DYNAMO;
YOU CAN GET THE HUB DYNAMO'S FOR £25+, AND THE VERY BEST BOTTLE (RIM) DYNAMO FOR £22

HUB DYNAMO - http://www.fatbirds.co.uk/3538/products/Shimano-DH-3N30-6v-3-0w-nutted-dynamo-front-hub-for-use-with-rim-brakes---36h.aspx?mp1
BOTTLE DYNAMO - http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/a11803/dymotec-6-left-light-travel-dynamo.html?lg=en


Evans website description:
"The Biologic Reecharge offers green power to go! It is a personal power system that can charge any USB-chargeable device, including iPhone, iPods, cell phones, cameras or GPS units. It incorporates a lithium polymer battery that can be charged by wall outlet, via USB from a computer, and most importantly, any bicycle, the Biologic Reecharge captures and stores the green energy created by the magnets in the hub. Now you can use your iphone's GPS while you cycle and never worry about drained batteries again. The splash-proof silicone case and specially sealed connectors keep the Reecharge working even if you get caught in a storm.

When you finish charging the Reecharge, just detach it from your bike, throw if in your bag, and you have reserve power in tap for all your electronic devices. It's perfect for long bike tours when you need to keep your gadgets charged. And its also perfect for business trips; you can leave all your other gadget chargers at home; the Reecharge will charge them all. Includes USB cable with five interchangeable tips for the most common devices

Compatibility:Works with most standard-based dynamo bubs on any bike, can be charged directly via USB from a computer or other wall source
Durability:Patented technology buffers incoming and outgoing current so it's safe for all electrical devices
Battery:1600 mAh Lithium polymer battery"

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    Alinshearah
    or just buy a torch with rechargeable batteries?
    Jumpingphil
    Alinshearah
    or just buy a torch with rechargeable batteries?


    And how do you recharge them when out and about on your bike?


    Anyway, looking at what this product is, I don't think it has much potential.
    Of all the people I know that have bikes, none of them has a dynamo hub. In fact, I can't remember seeing a bike with a dynamo hub on it for years and years now.




    Edited By: Jumpingphil on Mar 01, 2012 23:59
    wenttoabetterplace
    Have you looked at the youtube video to see what this does??? It normally retails for £70+...
    The reason it retails for that amount is because it does the following;

    It converts dynamo power into 5V USB power...which can then simultaneously charge a reserve battery pack as well as your Iphone/Kindle/Android phone etc.

    As I say, for cycle tourers, this is a great bit of kit! I dare say you probably aren't its target market.

    Whatever happened to this website being a deals website?? This is a full £45 cheaper than anywhere else I can find in the UK....and it is a really useful thing for cyclists that want to keep their gadgets powered up.

    Anyways...I digress. For those people with a bike, & a dynamo...it is well worth a look.



    Alinshearah
    or just buy a torch with rechargeable batteries?
    Jumpingphil
    lohsmith
    Have you looked at the youtube video to see what this does??? It normally retails for £70+...
    The reason it retails for that amount is because it does the following;

    It converts dynamo power into 5V USB power...which can then simultaneously charge a reserve battery pack as well as your Iphone/Kindle/Android phone etc.

    As I say, for cycle tourers, this is a great bit of kit! I dare say you probably aren't its target market.

    Whatever happened to this website being a deals website?? This is a full £45 cheaper than anywhere else I can find in the UK....and it is a really useful thing for cyclists that want to keep their gadgets powered up.

    Anyways...I digress. For those people with a bike, & a dynamo...it is well worth a look.



    There's the main problem.
    wenttoabetterplace
    Jumpingphil
    lohsmith
    Have you looked at the youtube video to see what this does??? It normally retails for £70+...
    The reason it retails for that amount is because it does the following;

    It converts dynamo power into 5V USB power...which can then simultaneously charge a reserve battery pack as well as your Iphone/Kindle/Android phone etc.

    As I say, for cycle tourers, this is a great bit of kit! I dare say you probably aren't its target market.

    Whatever happened to this website being a deals website?? This is a full £45 cheaper than anywhere else I can find in the UK....and it is a really useful thing for cyclists that want to keep their gadgets powered up.

    Anyways...I digress. For those people with a bike, & a dynamo...it is well worth a look.


    There's the main problem.



    Well...it's quite simple to fit a bottle style dynamo to the rim of the wheel. Those things cost about £5-£10...this Reecharge battery system will still work.

    To be honest though, most of the offers on this website are irrelevant to me. I don't vote them cold on that basis though. & if I do vote them cold, I leave a reason as to why.

    Anyways, this'll be a very useful addition to my bike. Google Navigation -- without my android phone running out of juice.
    geforce
    hot..seems like a great idea to me, even if you dont use it with your bike it can still be used as a travel charger! plus buy 2 and save 10% or 3 for 15% =)
    Jumpingphil
    lohsmith
    To be honest though, most of the offers on this website are irrelevant to me. I don't vote them cold on that basis though. & if I do vote them cold, I leave a reason as to why.


    I haven't voted either way on this.
    It's not for me and I can't really see them selling loads and loads of these, but if it is what someone needs, then all well and good.
    thewyrelight
    Just bought an E-Works which is a great device. The price of this Reecharge is an absolute bargain in comparison. Beware though that the IPhone is temperamental when used with dynamo chargers. It needs a steady power supply which is not conducive to the start/start pastime of cycling. E-Works get around this by siting a cache battery in between the charger and the IPhone.

    I do a lot of cycle touring and a dynamo hub gives the gadget laden cycle camper a lot of independence from the plug socket. That means that a cyclist has the freedom to choose what to do at the end of the day including the "luxury" of a wild camp. I use my Android phone (for GPS mapping/navigation), digital camera and powerful dynamo lighting amongst other things so the power produced by my pedalling is very useful.
    jazid
    lohsmith
    The reason it retails for that amount is because it does the following;

    It converts dynamo power into 5V USB power...which can then simultaneously charge a reserve battery pack as well as your Iphone/Kindle


    That would look fantastic on your bars!

    Remember: don't read and cycle kids.
    wenttoabetterplace
    thewyrelight
    Just bought an E-Works which is a great device. The price of this Reecharge is an absolute bargain in comparison. Beware though that the IPhone is temperamental when used with dynamo chargers. It needs a steady power supply which is not conducive to the start/start pastime of cycling. E-Works get around this by siting a cache battery in between the charger and the IPhone.


    I had looked at the E-Werks...but it was too expensive for me. I instead used a Nokia dynamo power converter that connected to my old android phone. That phone is no longer with us --- turns out the hub created too much power for the Nokia step down converter. I should have assumed this would happen, as it isn't very well built.

    This Reecharge on the other hand is specifically designed for hub dynamo's -- and since it recharges the Reecharge battery pack first, there's an added layer of overcurrent protection. Speaking of which, the Iphone power cable will plug directly into the Reecharge battery pack -- so I guess this *should* give constant power....

    I don't have an Iphone, so won't be able to check. But the Bionic company say (and demonstrate) this works with Iphones...

    Anyways, glad it is of use to some people.
    Premier
    lohsmith
    Have you looked at the youtube video to see what this does??? It normally retails for £70+...
    The reason it retails for that amount is because it does the following;

    It converts dynamo power into 5V USB power...which can then simultaneously charge a reserve battery pack as well as your Iphone/Kindle/Android phone etc.

    As I say, for cycle tourers, this is a great bit of kit! I dare say you probably aren't its target market.

    Whatever happened to this website being a deals website?? This is a full £45 cheaper than anywhere else I can find in the UK....and it is a really useful thing for cyclists that want to keep their gadgets powered up.

    Anyways...I digress. For those people with a bike, & a dynamo...it is well worth a look.



    Alinshearah
    or just buy a torch with rechargeable batteries?


    Isn't this the same thing??? £16.10 or I thnk £21.73 delivered.
    http://www.bicyclehero.com/gb/reviews/biologic-reecharge-dynamo-kit.html
    wenttoabetterplace
    Bicyclehero.com --- looks like a British website, but this is their trading address...

    2/3rd Floors 68-39 Barkdaldong Manangu Gyeonggido South Korea | Phone: +82-31-443-0530 | Fax:+82-31-443-0531| 2009-Gyeonggi-431 Korea Fair Trade Commision


    Premier
    lohsmith
    Have you looked at the youtube video to see what this does??? It normally retails for £70+...
    The reason it retails for that amount is because it does the following;

    It converts dynamo power into 5V USB power...which can then simultaneously charge a reserve battery pack as well as your Iphone/Kindle/Android phone etc.

    As I say, for cycle tourers, this is a great bit of kit! I dare say you probably aren't its target market.

    Whatever happened to this website being a deals website?? This is a full £45 cheaper than anywhere else I can find in the UK....and it is a really useful thing for cyclists that want to keep their gadgets powered up.

    Anyways...I digress. For those people with a bike, & a dynamo...it is well worth a look.



    Alinshearah
    or just buy a torch with rechargeable batteries?


    Isn't this the same thing??? £16.10 or I thnk £21.73 delivered.
    http://www.bicyclehero.com/gb/reviews/biologic-reecharge-dynamo-kit.html
    Premier
    lohsmith
    Bicyclehero.com --- looks like a British website, but this is their trading address...

    2/3rd Floors 68-39 Barkdaldong Manangu Gyeonggido South Korea | Phone: +82-31-443-0530 | Fax:+82-31-443-0531| 2009-Gyeonggi-431 Korea Fair Trade Commision


    Premier
    lohsmith
    Have you looked at the youtube video to see what this does??? It normally retails for £70+...
    The reason it retails for that amount is because it does the following;

    It converts dynamo power into 5V USB power...which can then simultaneously charge a reserve battery pack as well as your Iphone/Kindle/Android phone etc.

    As I say, for cycle tourers, this is a great bit of kit! I dare say you probably aren't its target market.

    Whatever happened to this website being a deals website?? This is a full £45 cheaper than anywhere else I can find in the UK....and it is a really useful thing for cyclists that want to keep their gadgets powered up.

    Anyways...I digress. For those people with a bike, & a dynamo...it is well worth a look.



    Alinshearah
    or just buy a torch with rechargeable batteries?


    Isn't this the same thing??? £16.10 or I thnk £21.73 delivered.
    http://www.bicyclehero.com/gb/reviews/biologic-reecharge-dynamo-kit.html


    True, but I got the shipping price wrong; its just £4.29 by airmail.

    So fully delivered privce is just £20.39 ... a saving of over 18% :)
    wenttoabetterplace
    Premier
    [quote=lohsmith]
    True, but I got the shipping price wrong; its just £4.29 by airmail.

    So fully delivered privce is just £20.39 ... a saving of over 18% :)


    Do you expect your order to be delivered? As with most of these foreign websites, if the offer looks too good to be true, it often is....

    The Evans deal also has 5% quidco -- and if you find another couple of accessories you want (lots in the sale), then there is another 15% off the price.

    I still think this is a good deal --- but I guess that's because I have a dynamo & like being independent from grid power when cycle touring. A fairly niche market I guess.
    LetoKynes
    I'm curious - realistically, how much of a charge would you actually get out of cycling, say, an hour at 10mph?
    thewyrelight
    Topcashback are offering 6% cashback for Evans Cycles which expires in 2 days from now. I've decided to buy one of these Reecharge devices for my other touring bike. Too good a bargain too miss and one nights wild camping will recoup the price.

    Many thanks to the OP. Appreciated.
    wenttoabetterplace
    LetoKynes
    I'm curious - realistically, how much of a charge would you actually get out of cycling, say, an hour at 10mph?


    Hub Dynamos are incredibly efficient. Bottle dynamos (that go on the rim of your wheel) are a little less efficient - but obviously very easy to fit. I used a hub dynamo during a summer cycle tour...it started recharging my android phone at less than 2mph according to my speedo.

    The power delivered from this unit is exactly the same as what you would get from a standard wall charger - and will start delivering that power at walking speed. If you were using your phone as a sat nav, you could ride for the day and then step off your bike with a phone that has full charge (plus the reserve battery pack will also have charged)

    There are plenty of videos on Youtube, and reviews on Evans website.
    thewyrelight
    lohsmith
    thewyrelight
    Just bought an E-Works which is a great device. The price of this Reecharge is an absolute bargain in comparison. Beware though that the IPhone is temperamental when used with dynamo chargers. It needs a steady power supply which is not conducive to the start/start pastime of cycling. E-Works get around this by siting a cache battery in between the charger and the IPhone.


    I had looked at the E-Werks...but it was too expensive for me. I instead used a Nokia dynamo power converter that connected to my old android phone. That phone is no longer with us --- turns out the hub created too much power for the Nokia step down converter. I should have assumed this would happen, as it isn't very well built.

    This Reecharge on the other hand is specifically designed for hub dynamo's -- and since it recharges the Reecharge battery pack first, there's an added layer of overcurrent protection. Speaking of which, the Iphone power cable will plug directly into the Reecharge battery pack -- so I guess this *should* give constant power....

    I don't have an Iphone, so won't be able to check. But the Bionic company say (and demonstrate) this works with Iphones...

    Anyways, glad it is of use to some people.


    The Reecharge works with older versions of the IPhone but a software update on recent models is causing problems. I have been using a PedalPower+ charger and the PedalPower+ battery to charge an Android mobile phone on my tours. It worked really well until recently, hence the purchase of the E-Works.

    I think the recent model of the IPhone is temperamental with all dynamo chargers when attached direct due to the stop/start nature of the power supply. All that is needed is a cache battery capable of supplying the required voltage at a steady rate. The battery is sited in between the dynamo power supply and the mobile to store the generated electricity and continues to feed a nice steady supply when the bike is at a standstill. Alternatively your mobile phone can be operated independently and topped up from the cache battery when needed or overnight.
    AndrewRoss
    Where do you put all the gadgets and USB cables? Do you have them mounted on your cycle or on your person or in a bag? Don't the wires get in the way?

    This does look ace though but I need more power for the 7:1 surround sound speakers I have mounted on my bike.
    wenttoabetterplace
    thewyrelight
    [quote=lohsmith] [quote=thewyrelight]
    I think the recent model of the IPhone is temperamental with all dynamo chargers when attached direct due to the stop/start nature of the power supply. All that is needed is a cache battery capable of supplying the required voltage at a steady rate. The battery is sited in between the dynamo power supply and the mobile to store the generated electricity and continues to feed a nice steady supply when the bike is at a standstill. Alternatively your mobile phone can be operated independently and topped up from the cache battery when needed or overnight.


    Found this on the FAQ section of the Bionic Reecharge website;

    Q: Are there problems charging the iPhone 3GS?
    A: Changes implemented in iOS 4.3.x for the iPhone 3GS affects the charging of the phone. If you have an iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.3.x, then the ReeCharge may not work with your phone. This is purely a software-related issue, which we have no control over. The ReeCharge works fine for all previous iOS versions on the iPhone 3G and all current iOS versions, including 4.2.x and 4.3.x, on the iPhone 4.

    Sounds like a software rather than hardware problem. Since I'm not using an Iphone, this isn't really a problem for me. But as you say, the reserve battery can be used to top up the Iphone if the direct charge fails.

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