1. Michael Essany's Avatar



    Here's a cool iPhone accessory that should please both green technology advocates and critics of the iPhone's less than truly long-lasting battery. The winds of changing chargers are blowing thanks to designer Tjeerd Veenhoven, who has successfully tweaked a PC fan and merged it with a rubber iPhone case. The end result: the iFan, a unique homemade gadget that lets you fully charge your iPhone (it takes about six hours) using wind.

    While one-quarter of a full day is, unfortunately, a long time to wait to charge your iPhone, there are practical applications for folks on-the-go or avid hiking enthusiasts (the outdoors type, in general) where the iFan is still a worthwhile charging mechanism to tote around. In the future, however, Veenhoven says he plans to update and further modify the blade structure of the fan to increase charging efficiency and, thus, the total length of time needed to fully charge the iPhone.

    Yes, critics will says it's bulky and unwieldy. But demand for such green innovations for our gadgets has become such that even Apple is said to be ardently researching the prospect of solar panels for future iDevices upgrades. Of course, it will be a while before that research actually yields a change in product design. So, for now, it's up to third party accessory makers to carry the "green" banner. And that's exactly what people like Tjeerd Veenhoven will do all the way to the bank.

    Tjeerd Veenhoven
    2010-12-05 07:35 PM
  2. zoso10's Avatar
    Nahh I'm still waiting for the geothermal energy iPhone charger....
    2010-12-05 07:43 PM
  3. CameronG63's Avatar
    That is pretty dope! I would feel funny sporting that 24/7
    2010-12-05 07:47 PM
  4. eg6motion's Avatar
    Who leaves their iPhone out in a windy environment in order to charge it? Should have been attached to a cable instead
    2010-12-05 08:01 PM
  5. StealthBravo's Avatar
    It's a neat idea but not practical
    2010-12-05 08:24 PM
  6. athleticswimmer's Avatar
    Nahh I'm still waiting for the geothermal energy iPhone charger....
    when bill gates allows an i-product in his house......thats when geothermal energy iphone chargers will exist but for now well have to settle with this (or some people that are green environmentalist that actually own an iphone of any kind )doubt!, all jokes off: I know this is green and all but I cant be seen walking around with that thing and 6HRS!!!! to charge an iphone is just way to much! even if the iphones battery could last all day I still wouldnt use this because when I go to sleep and leave the iphone charging with this thing...its not going to charge cuz theres no wind in my house!! and 6 hrs is basically the whole day gone by.....im sorry but this is kindof a fail.....

    It's a neat idea but not practical
    yes exactly.
    Last edited by athleticswimmer; 2010-12-05 at 08:26 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
    2010-12-05 08:26 PM
  7. SIRIUSISSUES's Avatar
    You could always blow into it for 6 hours lmao.
    2010-12-05 08:37 PM
  8. athleticswimmer's Avatar
    You could always blow into it for 6 hours lmao.
    I get dizzy after 2 minutes lol
    2010-12-05 08:48 PM
  9. arghwhymustiregister's Avatar
    just hold it out of your window while driving to your office..
    2010-12-05 09:00 PM
  10. zoso10's Avatar
    when bill gates allows an i-product in his house......thats when geothermal energy iphone chargers will exist but for now well have to settle with this
    I was being extremely sarcastic haha. For all the greenie weenies, you're hardly saving any energy doing this because it is so impractical.
    2010-12-05 09:14 PM
  11. 5h4d0w's Avatar
    Just wait until someone gets their hair caught in it while trying to talk, or it slices into someone's ear... Why doesn't someone just make a Solar Panel attachment so that the light from the LCD Screen will recharge the iPhone! Problem Solved!

    /sarcasm

    Anyway... It's a cool idea, but really, who's gonna hold their iPhone in the wind for 6hrs? I'd be happier if someone built a 9v battery adapter.
    2010-12-05 09:29 PM
  12. xxANARCHYxx707's Avatar
    id rather just get a hand crank charger more practice
    2010-12-05 09:36 PM
  13. athleticswimmer's Avatar
    I was being extremely sarcastic haha.
    haha, yea i know, me 2
    2010-12-05 09:38 PM
  14. steve-z17's Avatar
    Good starting idea! Has a lot of room to grow and improve into something better.
    2010-12-05 09:40 PM
  15. DisneyRicky's Avatar
    Solar would be better than this.
    Unless at night you need a charge, and you wanna spend a few hours blowing the fan around.
    My Devices:

    iPod Touch 4g 4.1 - Jailbroken
    iPad 4.2.1 - Jailbroken
    2010-12-05 09:47 PM
  16. athleticswimmer's Avatar
    haha was going to say the same thing! it all ends up on using a plain old car ipod/iphone/ipad charger or a regular electricity charger.....
    2010-12-05 09:50 PM
  17. feidhlim1986's Avatar
    just hold it out of your window while driving to your office..
    I can see many a destroyed iPhone that were blown outta people hands
    2010-12-05 10:03 PM
  18. elkyelky's Avatar
    This idea is flawed. It can only be used outdoors (unless you have some weird indoor weather system which creates wind) and who is going to be outdoors for 6 hours while they wait for their phone to charge?
    2010-12-05 10:24 PM
  19. Tfost's Avatar
    Car charger
    2010-12-05 11:01 PM
  20. dq13's Avatar
    this would be very useful....... for Man v/s Wild or Survivorman!!! they are alone in the wild for 7 days, no communication, but hey, while they sleep, the phone charges in the middle of nowhere (I know there is no service there, but at least u can listen to some music) LOL
    2010-12-05 11:05 PM
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