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Charge Your Battery While You Bike to Juice Up Your Phone

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Charge Your Battery While You Bike to Juice Up Your Phone

Who needs a power outlet when you have a bike? The Ride-A-Long charges your electronics as you pedal, providing a portable renewable energy source for bike-enthusiasts.

Biking is already pretty environmentally friendly, but this takes it to the next level.

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Created by Siva Cycle, the product can juice up any USB-powered device such as smartphones and cameras whenever and wherever you're biking. Simply mount the Ride-Along to any standard bicycle's back wheel, and as you ride, the wheel delivers juice to the integrated generator and charges its 1650 mAh battery, kind of like a hand-cranked radio.

The Ride-A-Long is also detachable, which means you can use it as a spare battery pack when you're no longer cycling. You can also charge the device through any power outlet at home or at the office if you don't feel like pedaling.

The product, which retails for $129, works for people who need to charge-on-the-go. According to Photojojo, the Ride-A-long is waterproof and can handle rain, sleet, mud and snow.

Imagine how useful it would be for long-distance bike rides and needing to consult Google Maps on your phone. Or even just ensuring enough juice for your music playlist for longer rides. It's also ideal for those living in off-grid places or wherever energy is scarce. To a larger, more significant degree, it opens the door to energy independence.

Recharge anytime with just a little pedal power. Photo Credit: Photojojo

The Ride-A-Long generates clean energy for USB-powered devices. Photo Credit: Photojojo

We're learning to do a lot more with a lot less. Photo Credit: The Gadget Flow

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A plume of smoke from wildfires burning in the Angeles National Forest is seen from downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

California is bracing for rare January wildfires this week amid damaging Santa Ana winds coupled with unusually hot and dry winter weather.

High winds, gusting up to 80- to 90 miles per hour in some parts of the state, are expected to last through Wednesday evening. Nearly the entire state has been in a drought for months, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which, alongside summerlike temperatures, has left vegetation dry and flammable.

Utilities Southern California Edison and PG&E, which serves the central and northern portions of the state, warned it may preemptively shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers to reduce the risk of electrical fires sparked by trees and branches falling on live power lines. The rare January fire conditions come on the heels of the worst wildfire season ever recorded in California, as climate change exacerbates the factors causing fires to be more frequent and severe.

California is also experiencing the most severe surge of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with hospitals and ICUs over capacity and a stay-at-home order in place. Wildfire smoke can increase the risk of adverse health effects due to COVID, and evacuations forcing people to crowd into shelters could further spread the virus.

As reported by AccuWeather:

In the atmosphere, air flows from high to low pressure. The setup into Wednesday is like having two giant atmospheric fans working as a team with one pulling and the other pushing the air in the same direction.
Normally, mountains to the north and east of Los Angeles would protect the downtown which sits in a basin. However, with the assistance of the offshore storm, there will be areas of gusty winds even in the L.A. Basin. The winds may get strong enough in parts of the basin to break tree limbs and lead to sporadic power outages and sparks that could ignite fires.
"Typically, Santa Ana winds stay out of downtown Los Angeles and the L.A. Basin, but this time, conditions may set up just right to bring 30- to 40-mph wind gusts even in those typically calm condition areas," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll.

For a deeper dive:

AP, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Weather Channel, AccuWeather, New York Times, Slideshow: New York Times; Climate Signals Background: Wildfires, 2020 Western wildfire season

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