Charging smartphone on bike
Hi everyone. My first post here.
I dusted off my GT a few months ago, and have been gradually increasing my riding time. I have been using my HTC incredible with a cycling app, but the power usage is killing the battery pretty fast. 45 to 90 minutes into the ride depending on my battery level.
I have been recommended (on a different forum) a Spinpower device (their S-1 model) that charges a smartphones as you cycle. I looked at it on Amazon, and the device looks like something I could find use for. But there is no reviews there - probably it's a new product?
Anyway, I am curious whether anyone here has used it. If you did, or heard about something similar, please let me know.
Thanks in advance.
I got one - aren't you glad to hear from me?
I have and I do use the spinpower kit. I don't know about the Amazon reviews, but do not be turned off by the price. We Americans are a price sensitive culture, and en masse production is oh so cheap. I also feel that $60 is not that cheap, but hey, everyone is different. Well, maybe it is cheap for the Europeans and the British with their euro and pound. Bottom line, the device works well, it looks nice, and it does its job.
I bought the Spinpower kit initially for my husband who was in the same situation you are. He started a cycling routine but his phone died about an hour into the ride. Or, he would have to turn off the screen, and then turn it back on to see his stats. What a hassle! I initially considered other products such as reecharge, pedal power, and the aforementioned e-werk, but...these are accumulator batteries meaning you would have to precharge them, or purchase a dynamo and a phone holder separately. Plus, they are very expensive, and the e-werk is not even availalbe in the US, so if you live in the US like me, it is not even an option.
So I bought the SpinPower S1 for my husband, and so far, he is very happy with it. It has worked without issues for several months now. It charges the phone as you cycle, and his phone battery maybe looses 5% of its charge after 5-6 hours of riding. He uses the phone all the time, running applicaions, GPS-ing, calling me, etc. Also, I just got one for myself, Spinpower I4, becuase I have iphone 4. Works with iphone as well.
I hope the above helps.