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Bike generator charges gadgets

Published August 7, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) — The Atom is a generator and battery that attaches to a bike's rear hub and has a USB port to charge cell phones or other devices, including tablets, cameras or GPS units.

The generator puts out 5V at up to 500mA. The 500mA charge rate is the same as the USB output from most computers.

The Atom weighs 300 grams,is  7.5 inches tall, 3 inches wide, and 1.2 inches deep, including all component parts. Integrated into the body is a 1300mAh battery pack that the generator charges. The battery can return an iPhone from flat to a 75 percent charge.

MSRP is $99. The Atom was funded on Kickstarter. The company plans to start filling Kickstarter orders and other orders in November. 

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