Picture this:  It’s a beautiful spring day and you’re on a nice bike ride, rockin’ out to the latest Radiohead album that you have pirated on your iPod nano.  Your cell phone rings…. you turn on your bluetooth headset and join in on a teleconference without breaking pace.  Life is good.  You think to yourself, “wouldn’t it be incredible if I could just do this forever?”…. in your dreams, buddy!  You gotta hit base camp at some point and recharge all your gadgets!!!… Well naysayers, sometimes dreams do come true, and for this enlightened urban soldier his can come to fruition, thanks to the HYmini wind and solar powered charger/adapter.


This handheld device doesn’t look like much, but it happens to be one of the coolest chunks of plastic on planet Earth.  It harnesses wind and solar power to charge virtually all 5V digital gadgets, like your phone, iPod, digital camera, etc.  It also can tap into a standard wall plug and USB port if needed…. The basic HYmini utilizes wind speeds ranging from 9 to 40 mph.  For an extra investment, one can become significantly cooler by upgrading to solar capacities…

Additional accessories include kits to connect the HYmini to your arm and to the handlebar of your bike… righteous! The sleek little gadget runs $50 and comes in black, white, and green, the colors of endless possibilities.


About Joshua Foss

Joshua is a leading voice for transformational change. He is the editor of Metro Hippie, co-founder and director of development of the Ecala Group, and adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, trade shows and summits.