Finally, no more depending on batteries or solar power or fossil fuel generators?
Portable wind turbine has sparked a craze and lets you harvest renewable energy almost anywhere
Janulus, a company based in Minnesota seems to have nailed a need that society has been craving. They have built a portable wind turbine/battery combo that can charge your smart phone or your electric car.
The turbines come in one of four sizes and strengths. The smallest, weighing in at 1.4 pounds, will give you 50 watts of power. They scale up in size from 50 to 400 to 1,000 and finally to 2,500 watts, the largest of which can still fit in the trunk of your car. The Kickstarter for these new models exploded on day 1 and has almost reached their goal of $50,000 as of this article being written.
It looks kind of fragile, though. I can't find product specifications, like what material is in the blades. Where I'd use one, there might be heavy winds coming up without warning, so I need something that will survive harsh weather. What about winter?
I found a lot more information and photos here:
(I tried to post pictures, but it didn't work out ...)
Looks like a nice option. It being so light I'm going to guess you couldn't depend on it to be rugged enough to run a bugout cabin for a year though. Time will tell.
I'm not interested solely because of my location here in New England, surrounded by 60' tall trees. A wind generator would be pretty useless to me. I'm so far north, and we have so many cloudy days that solar isn't very effective either. However, if I could train the 1,000 chipmunks tunneling around my house to run in hamster wheels I could power the whole town. ???