Danish startup KiteX has created a new portable wind turbine that's lighter, more powerful, and easier to use than any other wind power system on the market — the Wind Catcher.
The mini wind generator only weighs 22 pounds (10 kg) and can produce up to 600W.
There are a number of reasons that make this contraption a great one to use when traveling off-grid or in the outdoors, while still needing to access the "real world." For instance, it's easily transportable and is set up in just 15 minutes, it can charge e-bikes, electronics, appliances thanks to backup batteries, it works day and night even if winds are only blowing at 8 mph (12.8 kph).
On top of that, it's eco-friendly as it's made up of recycled plastics and produces clean renewable energy, and it's compatible with a number of different portable generators such as Jackery, Goal Zero, and more.
You might wonder whether the peace and quiet you went out into nature for in the first place might be disturbed by a rotating wind turbine above your head. Not to worry, the designers of the Wind Catcher ensured it only emits a soft sound, and if you choose to place it around 65 feet (20 meters) away, you won't hear a thing.
So what does using this portable wind turbine mean in real terms? The developers explain that your laptop can be charged at around nine mph (four meters per second) wind speed.
The Wind Catcher comes in different shapes and sizes, with the largest version providing 600W at 18 mph (eight meters per second) wind speed. And all of that is packed up in the 6.5-feet (two meter) rods that are water and weather-resistant. The tallest Wind Catcher goes up to 13 feet (four meters) high.
It seems like a lot of punch is packed into this mini portable wind turbine, and it looks like a great option to have on hand for outdoor trips when you might require energy but don't have the means of transporting a weighty generator.
According to Geeky Gadgets, during its early bird pledges, the Wind Catcher was available for approximately $1,046. The startup is still in its early phases, as it's still on a pledge campaign, but if all goes according to plan, we can expect to see the first Wind Catchers start being shipped in December.
The wind turbine looks good, appears to be easy to use, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg — so it would be interesting to see these in use as time goes on.