The patent-pending Hydrobee is a USB battery pack that is charged by multiple free natural energy sources, including water from a faucet, hose or pipe, streams and rivers, bicycles and carts, hand-cranks, belt drive pulleys, solar panels and thermal energy. Anyone with the right natural energy source can charge this battery pack, and then use the battery to charge their cell phone or to power LED lights all night. It's better than solar, it NEVER is without a power source, even if it's your own muscles.
The Powerbee is the size and shape of a 12-oz soda can, so it can be easily distributed anywhere in the world. Each of its components is replaceable and recyclable. You can stack the batteries for multiple charging.
Attach the Powerbee to any table or support, or a wall or tree, and you can spin it with anything. We are developing these spinners: Streambee for flowing water and towed behind boats or canoes; PipeBee for faucets, hoses and water pipes; WindBee for wind or kites; BikeBee for any bike; CrankBee for hand-spinning; BeltBee for attaching a belt drive to any shaft, such as a donkey cart or a waterwheel; SolBee for power from a solar panel; and FireBee to harvest energy from open cooking and camp fires.
Wireless Mesh Networking: The PowerBee will come with a Wireless Mesh Networking "puck" that screws onto the body, integrates with the circuit board and power, and becomes a Node in a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). It can communicate with other Powerbees nearby, depending on line of site, and become an emergency communication network after a disaster. We are already working with experts to make the system work with emergency response plans.
World-leading experts recognize the potential for our Powerbee to bring personal energy security to a billion poor people living without electricity, but who have mobile phones that cost them money to charge every time. Our Board of Advisors includes the former Director of the Environment Department at the World Bank, and two Innovation Fellows at the Federal Emergency Management Administration.
Dane Roth, our Industrial Designer, was the lead designer of the Clarisonic skin brush and the famous Sonicare ultrasonic toothbrush.
We’ll be shipping Hydrobees early next year!
How We're Different
Multiple Charging Sources: Only the Hydrobee system can harvest USB charging power from ANY source in nature. The most common competitor product, a solar charger, only works when there is strong sun for many hours. Many times solar chargers simply don't work. If you have a solar panel you can upgrade your battery storage to the Hydrobee.
Super Modular and Recyclable: All the components parts (generator, battery pack, circuit board, LED lamp) can be easily replaced and recycled. Each one is totally waterproof and shockproof!
Install Easily for Long Charging Times: The Powerbee battery is a 5000 mAh Lithium-Ion battery, just like in almost all mobile phones. Like phones, it takes 3 hours to full charge at the rated power output of the generator. You can't spin it by hand for 3 hours, but nature can! With the BeeBlock mount and transmission, you can attach the Powerbee to a table or wagon or water propeller or wind propeller and nature's energy will spin the 'Bee for you. Or attach a solar or thermal charging source and charge the battery direct from their output. Once installed you can leave the generator and mounting in place, and simply unscrew and replace the batteries for use elsewhere. The Hydrobee system is a PERMANENT USB power plant in nature!
Get The Accessories You Need: Nature's energy depends on where you are. Some people have access to lots of sun; others have bikes, or strong wind, or farm animals and wagons. You can buy the PowerBee, and then just the charging accessories you need.
Affordable for a Billion People: Over a billion people now live on less than $2 a day income and have no reliable electricity. They don't have enough money to buy most products. But now they can buy electronic products like phones using micro-financing over mobile payment systems. They use Pay-As-You-Go. If they don't pay, their phone or device is turned off! We have put a GSM mobile phone chip into the PowerBee so it can connect to the mobile network, and it can be sold the same way as phones. Now a billion poor people who really need charging power can get it for free from nature and they can pay for their Powerbee for only a few dollars a month. Over 20 million solar lights have been sold to villagers this way. PowerBee is a great upgrade to all those customers who already have distributors and payment systems.
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