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Old 06-09-14, 11:39 AM   #1
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Default WindPax portable, collapsible wind turbines take a turn at off grid power



Here is a pretty cool deal. Its just a small portable vertical axis wind turbine for charging up little stuff. Its collapsible so you can move it around. It would be cool for camping or something.

WindPax portable, collapsible wind turbines take a turn at off grid power

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This Wisp, the more compact of the two turbines, is designed to fit easily into a backpack. It weighs in at 4 lb (1.8 kg), and when collapsed measures out at 14 in (355 mm) in length and 3 in (76 mm) around. But after assembly the smallish turbine expands out to 24 in (610 mm) in length with the diameter increasing to 1 ft (304 mm) around. Total height including the main support is 6 ft (1.83 m).

Capable of generating 25 Watts under “average wind speeds” Windpax claims the Wisp can provide enough juice to power six mobile phones simultaneously. The Wisp’s battery also has an integrated LED to allow it to be used as a flashlight or camp lantern, and can charge three mobile phones when fully charged.

The larger of the two models, the Breeze, is designed more for longer term outings at the cabin or camping. Weighing in at 9 lb (4 kg) the camouflage covered turbine stands upright at 10 ft (3 m) tall when fully assembled, with the wind-catching elements measuring out at 24 in (610 mm). According to Windpax, the Breeze can generate 100 W under average wind conditions and comes with a 12 volt adapter in addition to the supplied USB power connections.

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Old 06-22-14, 10:03 AM   #2
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How does it compare in cost to low output solar?
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They're a kickstarter project, so they don't have funding or products available yet.
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Old 06-23-14, 08:48 PM   #4
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4 lbs? In a backpack? Ouch.

Planning a 170 mile trip this fall (Tahoe Rim Trail). I'm an old fart, measuring every OUNCE going into my pack. Got no room for something measured in pounds

Maybe for car camping!

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It would be good for Camp , I agree its much to heavy for me and my weight pinching back packing/ hiking. Not as young as or Naive as I used to be ,when I was heading out on 2 week hikes with 60lbs of energy sapping weight.

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