PicoPowR™ is a revolutionary charging system that uses hydro-power from streams, rivers or any constantly flowing water source. It is designed to produce approximately 20 - 30W of power, more than enough to charge a GPS, a phone or tablet battery and run LED lights. By comparison, a solar panel capable of producing 30W is over 28 inches (.7 m) in length and 14 inches (.35 m) wide, with a rigid aluminum frame, glass, and fragile solar cells. PicoPowR™ does NOT require batteries. It uses the power of FLOWING WATER to make electricity for your use. It can recharge YOUR equipment batteries. It uses a specially designed power adapter to regulate the voltage for today's electronics needs. It can charge phones and tablets and run LED lights constantly or it can be used to trickle charge a small rechargeable battery to help you run more lights and any other DC-powered devices you may use at your campsite.
PicoPowR™ utilizes a unique "flow thru" design - where the stator of the generator (electricity producing part) is contained in the outer, non-moving perimeter of a waterproof, sealed tubular housing. The generators' moving rotor is a water-driven impeller that has the magnets (and the magnetic field required to generate electricity) on the outer ring of the impeller.
As water flows through the housing, the impeller spins. The magnets move over the coils and produce electricity. This power is routed to where you need it with a power umbilical that connects PicoPowR™ to your equipment. The generator produces electrical power for immediate use, with our power adapter, or stored in your own rechargeable batteries for later use.
PicoPowR™ is designed to take up a minimal amount of space to keep it packable. Our current prototype has a 6.5-inch outer diameter with a 4.75-inch intake and is 8 inches long. A solar panel capable of producing 30W is over 28 inches (.7 m) in length and 14 inches (.35 m) wide, with a rigid aluminum frame, glass, and fragile solar cells. A solar panel is bulky and will not fit in a backpack.
Our system has 1 moving part, the impeller. It spins on a bearing that is sealed to help prevent water or debris from affecting the impeller's performance.
PicoPowR™ will be as light as possible while maintaining maximum electrical efficiency. With that in mind, we plan on the device weighing between 5 - 10 pounds, depending on the amount of weight required to keep it submerged in faster flowing waters. As we improve the design, we foresee being able to reduce that weight for even more convenience.
We have integrated a honeycomb-style screen into the front of the intake to prevent leaves, sticks, flotsam, fish, or other water-borne debris from entering the device. It is not shown in any of the illustrations for the sake of mechanical illustration clarity.
No. We have designed a quick connect tether that will attach to the front of the intake and the anchor system. After it is connected you simply throw it in the water and secure the tether near where you need power.