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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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banned#1
or just buy a torch with rechargeable batteries?
#2
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
9 Likes #3
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?
#4
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.
3 Likes #5
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.
#6
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% =)
#7
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.
3 Likes #8
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.
3 Likes #9
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.
#10
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.
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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% :)
#14
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.
#15
I'm curious - realistically, how much of a charge would you actually get out of cycling, say, an hour at 10mph?
1 Like #16
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.
#17
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.
#18
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.
3 Likes #19
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.
#20
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.
#21
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.



I use a handlebar bag - though I don't expect to put any of the recharging system inside the bag.

I don't imagine I'll have many cables. The Reecharge pack will mount on the handlebar stem (I have a folding bike), and the USB cable will run from that Reecharge battery pack to my Sony Ericsson Arc S (another HUKD deal!) on my handlebars. Every other gadget can be recharged at night in the tent!
1 Like #22
lohsmith
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.


That's amazing! I definitely underestimated it.. thanks for the info :D
2 Likes #23
I've got a mounting bracket on the handle bars for the mobile phone. I have a small bag mounted on my top tube just behind the stem to hold the charger and battery although the E-Works is waterproof and can be mounted on the top tube.

http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo283/yysummer/bicycle/B008.jpg
1 Like #24
lohsmith
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.


Thats a good deal and YES i DO expect an order to be delivered what an incredibly stupid thing to say , out of the millions of items posted from overseas a very small amount go missing or arent "honoured" the service in the UK is much much much worse.

Voted cold
#25
Topcashback has tracked for me at £1.26 making the total cost of the Reecharge at £23.73 including delivery. Happy days.
#26
Jumpingphil
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.


Fair point - it is niche for everyday use - but as the poster says, good for tourers - and in some countries dynamos are still the norm; I guess they wouldn't make it if there weren't markets for it. I know I'm going to be digging out my bottom bracket dynamo to see if it's compatible...
#27
Intriguing, but pretty useless, good deal though, heat added!
#28
Perfect, I had one of these cycling to Oz but it got pinched off the bike in Hungary. For what it is, it works very well and kept all my gadgets charged when I camped overnight.

For £25 it's a steal.

A few annoying points. You press a button to release the charge. It will keep releasing it after the device is fully charged.

Dynamo hubs will become more mainstream and affordable over time. Especially on city bikes. I have my lights hooked up and on all the time. The front is as bright as a motorbikes headlight.
#29
This appears to be a very useful bit of kit for those who use smartphones, cameras, etc. and travel a lot by bike. If I used my bike more than I do, I would have no hesitation in ordering this. Heat added.
#30
is it just me or does anyone else have the picture in their head of a mouse running around in a wheel connected to an electric generator?? oO
#31
OK so I buy this, how much is the extra stuff I'd need?
#32
You can get a hub dynamo for about £25 --
http://www.fatbirds.co.uk/3538/products/Shimano-DH-3N30-6v-3-0w-nutted-dynamo-front-hub-for-use-with-rim-brakes---36h.aspx?utm_source=Froogle&utm_medium=PriceComp&utm_term=Froogle&utm_content=None&utm_campaign=PriceComp1
There are lots of different sorts though; you basically pay more to have less rolling resistance (it's a negligible amount with pretty much any hub dynamo - but the more expensive dynamos will operate with almost no rolling resistance at all)

You can get the very best bottle dynamo (runs on the rim of your tire) for about £22 from Germany (unlike the Korean website posted by someone else earlier, the German website is legit & has plenty of positive user reviews across the net)
http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/a11803/dymotec-6-left-light-travel-dynamo.html?lg=en


mocmocamoc
OK so I buy this, how much is the extra stuff I'd need?
banned#33
Does anyone know how many times you can charge an iPhone if you just charge the unit at the mains and take it as a spare battery charger not running on Dymo?

Cheers
#34
The Reecharge has a 1400MAh battery, so probably just over one recharge (assuming the Iphone is charged whilst it is switched off. When they are on, they have quite a high power drain, so it may struggle to do a full recharge).
The great thing about this Reecharge unit is that when using it for cycling, you can plug in an external battery pack into the USB outlet, and it'll charge both the Reecharge as well as the additional power pack. An example of the power pack that'll work (not necessarily good, but for reference;
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5000mAh-USB-Portable-pocket-Power-pack-Charger-External-battery-ipad-iphone-/150691678702?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item2315ec89ee
5000mah will give about 4 Iphone recharges


hollymia
Does anyone know how many times you can charge an iPhone if you just charge the unit at the mains and take it as a spare battery charger not running on Dymo?

Cheers
#35
Never ridden a bike in my life but this gizmo makes perfect sense to me - unless I've totally misunderstood it. :)

No-one thinks twice about plugging something similar into the 12v socket in a car to charge all sorts of 5v gadgets (anyone on here have a car and use a SatNav?) so why is this such a bad idea for those who use their bike a lot?
banned#36
Thanks a lot for the advice and link Iohsmith and OP for posting.
I haven't got a Dymo but for anyone that has seems like a great item.
Currently use this thing BCW phone charger which is very good for the £6.99 I paid and which doesn't seem to be for sale on Play anymore.
Will put that Ebay link in my watch list though as that is probably all I need.
Cheers
banned#37
cibarious
Never ridden a bike in my life but this gizmo makes perfect sense to me - unless I've totally misunderstood it. :)

No-one thinks twice about plugging something similar into the 12v socket in a car to charge all sorts of 5v gadgets (anyone on here have a car and use a SatNav?) so why is this such a bad idea for those who use their bike a lot?


It's not - it's a brilliant idea at a great price. I think the people who are complaining are people who haven't read the title and haven't already got Dymos so are whinging about the cost of converting.

As said by A.Partridge - some people.
#38
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.





dynamo tech is having a resurgance
I have a few mates with hub dynamos
they work well and offier little if any noticable resistance
I always thought of dynamos as the ones that ran off the tyre
the new hub ones are a different league
#39
How easy is it to remove a hub on a bike and fit a dynamo hub?

Why can't a front hub be used on the back?
#40
hollymia
Thanks a lot for the advice and link Iohsmith and OP for posting.
I haven't got a Dymo but for anyone that has seems like a great item.
Currently use this thing BCW phone charger which is very good for the £6.99 I paid and which doesn't seem to be for sale on Play anymore.
Will put that Ebay link in my watch list though as that is probably all I need.
Cheers




hollymia
cibarious
Never ridden a bike in my life but this gizmo makes perfect sense to me - unless I've totally misunderstood it. :)

No-one thinks twice about plugging something similar into the 12v socket in a car to charge all sorts of 5v gadgets (anyone on here have a car and use a SatNav?) so why is this such a bad idea for those who use their bike a lot?

It's not - it's a brilliant idea at a great price. I think the people who are complaining are people who haven't read the title and haven't already got Dymos so are whinging about the cost of converting.

As said by A.Partridge - some people.


Pot and kettle spring to mind here. lohsmith and the OP are one and the same person.
So, who is doing the whinging, I can't see any?

Oh, and what have these got to do with this?
http://www.papercraftjunkies.com/content/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/omega-dymo-machine.jpg

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