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READER TIP: Magtenlight Harvests Energy from Your Bike Wheels

Posted By Magtenlight On March 5, 2010 @ 6:00 pm In Green Products,Green Transportation,Innovation | 6 Comments

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The Magtenlight [1] is a lighting system for your bike [2] that uses a contact-less dynamo to generate the energy [3] to illuminate your way at night. The system works by mounting a ring of 28 magnets on the spokes of your bike, which move past the dynamo generating an electric current. Since the dynamo is not in physical contact with the magnet, the system is frictionless, which means you don’t feel any resistance when cycling.

Since there are many magnets [4] on the magnet ring, the result is a decent amount of electric current, which is enough to power the bright lights. There are two lights in the kit, one for the front, and one for the rear of the bike. Magtenlight has rated the front headlight at 15 Lux when cycling at at 15km/h.

As an additional safety function, the bike [5] will light up for an additional 4 minutes when you stop. This is great if you have to stop at traffic lights, as drivers and pedestrians will still be able to see you. The design looks great and is practical – safer, illuminated cycling without batteries!

Thanks for the tip Magtenlight [1]!

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URLs in this post:

[1] Magtenlight: http://www.magtenlight.com/

[2] lighting system for your bike: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/28/down-low-glow-bike-lights/

[3] energy: http://www.inhabitat.com

[4] magnets: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/11/06/novateq-guerrero-transport-system-runs-on-super-strong-magnetic-fields/

[5] bike: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/30/pedal-powered-generators-to-light-up-times-square-on-new-years-eve/

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