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Chargeboard: the longboard that charges your phone


Ideal for juicing up on the go

You're miles from a socket and your phone battery is about to run out. You're stranded. But not if you have the Chargeboard, a longboard that doubles as a mobile phone charger.

It's ingenious. The two dynamos in the rear axles generate 6V of electricity each. It then converts this into a 5V current and stores it, ready for use. Plug your phone in, and it'll juice it up, saving your bacon if you're miles from home.

One hour of cruising will give you enough power to fully charge your phone. Pootle around for long enough, and the battery will store enough power to juice it up eight times. There's no limit on when you have to use it by either. It's on-hand whenever you need it.

Though strangely, the docking station isn't compatible with the Lightning cable, so the only iPhone models it'll work with are the 4S and earlier. Which seems a major oversight. There's also an external USB port, so you can charge other devices like those running Android and Windows Phone.

A 3.5mm audio jack is also on board – pardon the pun – so you can connect an MP3 player and play music.

It's so new it hasn't even appeared on Kickstarter yet, but it's expected to touch down next week.

It's a graduation project of Bjorn van den Hout from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. He's currently looking for backers and brands to help develop it, so if you're interested, keep your eyes peeled next week.

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September 26, 2014, 1:48 pm

Would it be possible to highlight all Kickstarter news (advertisements) as being obviously Kickstarter related please. The first mention of Kickstarter was in the second to last paragraph.

It's getting really quite irritating to hear of cool new gadgets and then find out that they don't really exist yet and it's really just an advertisement to get some money.

Prem Desai

September 28, 2014, 9:11 am

Not sure who would go for this.

I don't possess the skills or physical fitness to go cruising for half an hour, let alone an hour, on this.

Even if I did, I don't think I'd be putting my phone down there - so close to the ground and at high speed. The chances of it being damaged are between extremely high to guaranteed.

Anyway, the inventor must have seen the need for something like this in order to come up with it - so I wish them the best of luck.

Paul Cox

September 28, 2014, 1:34 pm

iPhone strapped to a skateboard? What could possibly go wrong..

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