Meet the portable wind turbine for campers, RVers, backpackers, wilderness researchers, or anyone who needs a bit of USB power in the great outdoors.
Weighing three pounds, or just under 1.5 kilos, Shine was launched via Kickstarter last year, and Indigogo last week, and has already raised $214,000 ($275,000 CAD).
To use Shine, you simple deploy a tripod and stick it into the ground with tensioning cables, and then mount the turbine on top, plugging your device into the underbelly where it can receive up to 40 watts.
Because the turbine spins into the wind, it doesn’t matter from which direction the breeze is coming. Power will always be produced.
Shine is manufactured by Aurea Technologies based out of Nova Scotia, who paid meticulously close attention to materials and design to get the weight of the device down to as little as possible. If you’ve ever met a serious backpacker and got them talking about weight and space saving, you’ll have heard all about why that matters.
Necessitating a battery that takes up a third of the weight, the other components—including turbine-blades made from polycarbonate reinforced plastic with a glass composite and an aluminum tripod—had to be seriously light.
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That all had to be worked out after Aurea decided to move away from their original plans, which were to make miniature wind turbines that could be built into building facades or mounted around off-grid homesteads.
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