Gadget of the Day: HY Mini Wind Turbine

We're regularly festooned with gadgets that'll generate precious 'leccy from the sun but given that we're more likely to be caught in a gale than a he

We're regularly festooned with gadgets that'll generate precious 'leccy from the sun but given that we're more likely to be caught in a gale than a heatwave here in Blighty, we figure this might come in more handy.

The HY Mini Wind Turbine is, well, a mini turbine. Show it a gentle breeze and it'll show you enough power to recharge your mobile and then some.

It has its own built-in battery so it can store power for later use and it can be mounted on a bike for human-powered juice generation.

9mph is enough to get its magnets spinning sufficiently and HY reckons 20 minutes in a 19mph wind would be enough to give 30 minutes' play time on an iPod, 4 minutes' snatched talk on a mobile or twenty digital snaps.

Not quite the answer to our power-hungry needs, then, but handy in an emergency - like a hurricane. 

Pair it up with a Freeloader Globetrotter and you'll never run out of juice again. 

Essentials

HY Mini Wind Turbine

Price: £40

On sale: Now

Contact: Firebox