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The kinetic-powered Ampy charger
The kinetic-powered Ampy charger

Isn’t it sad when your phone bonks on you?  Thanks to a new device you don’t need to lug around a bunch of power banks to prepare for this eventuality.  All you need is to move it.

A new charger is coming out and it’s coming with you on your workout.  The Ampy is a charger that converts kinetic energy into electricity.  This means that  the movements you make turn into power that you can use in your portable electronic devices.

It has internal coils to generate the power which is stored in a lithium-ion battery.  Since the energy is stored in a battery, you can save it for a rainy day when you don’t feel like working out.  You can charge anything that plugs into a USB.

What’s more is that the charger comes along with an app that not only tracks “the minutes of battery life that you generated” but “your carbon offset” as well.  Oh wait, it also tracks calories burned so you can probably do away with the fitness tracker.

The speed at which you generate power depends on how you want your body to move.  You bike for an hour, you can get 3 hours of battery life for your smartphone, or a day for your smart watch, or 3 days on your fitness tracker.  If you want to pump up the volume, run for 30 minutes to get as much charge.  Those who are just starting to pick up on the active lifestyle need not worry.  You charge all the said devices after walking all day with the Ampy up your sleeve.

And yes, you get basic accessories so that you can wear the Ampy – a sleeve, an armband and a clip.

Now isn’t that news that we could shake our booty to?  Unfortunately not yet.  The device is set to come out in June of 2015 and is going to retail for $95.  However, if you back it up on Kickstarter, you can get it for $85.  So, what are you waiting for?  Make a dash for the Ampy.

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