Ride Bike to Power Devices: RE:GEN Trainer Generates Electricity You Can Use
Clever new brand Energym may have just created the coolest stationary bike out there.
Do a workout, power your phone. Get in a long ride, charge your computer. This wacky electricity-generating bike harnesses human power into electric power.
Energym’s RE:GEN stationary bike, just launched on Indiegogo today, isn’t your ordinary bike trainer. Nope, this one uses simple mechanics combined with a 100Wh battery system to turn your pedal effort into clean, usable electrical power — capable of generating enough watts to charge a laptop, and more.
How does it work? The RE:GEN bike captures power generated during a workout, and then stores it inside a 100Wh battery called the Ohm. Once you finish a ride, simply unhook the Ohm from the bike, and you’re ready to start charging electronic devices. Basically, “burn calories, not carbon,” the brand said.
“The biggest challenge was really the efficiency problem,” founder and CEO Will Flint said. “To extract and harness energy from people’s workouts is possible, but the trick is making sure that you’re maximizing the efficiencies you’re getting from the human to the battery.”
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Pedals to Power: The Premise of Converting Human Energy
Now, Energym isn’t the first to think of using a bike to generate power. Lots of companies out there — even schools — have found simple ways via a belt and generator to convert pedaling into power to a standard outlet. You can even build your own.
But, powering larger devices takes a lot more energy. (This article from NPR explains how much you’d need to ride to power a whole house.) But Energym did the math on at least powering electrical devices, efficiently, and built that idea into a pretty snazzy bike trainer. It’s even compatible with Zwift.
“The average workout generates between 170Wh and 230Wh,” the brand claims, “enough to power a MacBook Pro 2.6 times, an iPhone 12 8 times, an iPad 4 times.” And, it can work with plenty of other rechargeable electronics, too.
The RE:GEN Ohm comes standard with USB-C (100W) and USB-A (36W) charging. A snap-on power extender enables it to charge up to four devices simultaneously. Bonus points? Riding this bike reduces your carbon footprint, and maybe even lowers your energy bill.
More Energym RE:GEN Bike Perks
Like many fitness brands, this brand also has a companion app that will track your rides, provide tailored workouts and “battle mode,” and more.
The final feature of this bike trainer is something called sweatcoins. You know how you don’t want to let that energy you create go to waste? Well, this is another way to literally cash in every time you sweat.
Every time you ride your RE:GEN, a “wallet” in the Energym app tracks how many sweatcoins you earn from your workout, based on length, intensity, and more. You can spend your sweatcoins in the app, redeeming them for rewards and discounts on exercise gear, and even a discount on the monthly app subscription.
The RE:GEN bike will retail for about $2,250, and a subscription to the Energym app (if you want to access it) costs £14, or about $22.
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