Complete Bicycle-Powered USB Charger System (the CydeKick)
Complete Bicycle-Powered USB Charger System (the CydeKick)
Charge Your Phone, Lights & USB Devices While You Cycle With the CydeKick Zero-Emissions, Zero-Friction*, Add-On Generator System
Charge Your Phone, Lights & USB Devices While You Cycle With the CydeKick Zero-Emissions, Zero-Friction*, Add-On Generator System Read more
About this project
The 1st Fully Integrated, Zero-Friction*, Bike-Powered Generator & USB Charger
The CydeKick is a bicycle accessory system that charges your phone by generating power while you pedal. It is the only fully integrated, self-powered, add-on system that can do this without introducing additional friction, meaning less resistance than other add-on devices.
Hub Dynamos are another type of generator on the market which technically add no friction either. Standalone, these generators cannot charge USB devices without aftermarket electronics to condition/clean the power. Additionally, Hub Dynamos require rebuilding or replacing your entire wheel. All said and done, the cost of the Hub Dynamo, the conditioning equipment, and the assembly labor (assuming you don't buy an entire new wheel) can add up very quickly!
The CydeKick is a fully integrated system that includes everything required to accomplish charging your USB devices. It's also easy to install and compatible with almost all conventional bicycles.
the CydeKick Pro
- Add-On, Self-Powered, Bicycle Generator System
- USB Output for Charging Smartphones, Action Cams, GPS, etc.
- High-Intensity LED Headlight (Included)
- Stores Energy while You Ride but Can Also be Plugged in and Recharged at Home
- If You can Assemble Ikea Furniture You can Install the CydeKick Yourself.
- Expandable – Choose from Other Plug-n-Play Lighting Accessories & Electronics
The CydeKick is also available as a battery-free, headlight-only system for those who do not need USB charging capability.
the CydeKick Mini
- Add-On, Self-Powered, Bicycle Generator System (Lighting Only)
- High-Intensity LED Headlight (Included)
- Extremely Easy to Install!
- Expandable - Choose from Other Plug-n-Play Lighting Accessories
How does the CydeKick Pro work?
The CydeKick Pro uses electromagnetic induction to create power. In a nutshell, when a magnetic disc attached to your wheel spins near coils in your frame-mounted CydeKick electrical current is created. This power is conditioned (AC to DC), then either stored internally or fed directly to your USB devices.
For the more technical folk out there we've been optimizing the system with higher-grade neodymium magnets, improved magnetic & non-magnetic materials (i.e. permeability vs saturation, and eddy current losses), employed a closed loop flux path, tweaked the arrangement of coils and coil configurations, and incorporated a new track-and-swivel mount for aligning and adjusting the proximity between stator and rotor.
New Track & Swivel Mount Design
How much power does the CydeKick Pro generate?
We've been asked this many times and it is just as frustrating for us as for everybody else when we say that at this time we would be remiss to publish specs until we have had the opportunity to evaluate the latest improvements we are making. , i.e. the new track-and-swivel mount mentioned above. We want to make sure that we have exercised due diligence and have sufficient data to substantiate any announced figures. I can tell you that our goal is to provide at minimum ½ Amp @ 5 Volts. That is the same amount of power your computer USB output provides.
How easy is it to install the CydeKick Pro?
The CydeKick Pro can be installed at home by anybody that can assemble a piece of Ikea furniture. The rotor disc can be maneuvered onto the axle of your wheel without removing the wheel from the frame. It’s then strapped to the spokes.
The track-and-swivel mount with the stator slide onto the axle and are tightened down to the frame with a nut or cam lever. In order to prevent the stator from sliding on the drum and getting stuck to the magnets a spacer that comes with our installation kit is temporarily sandwiched in between the rotor and stator until the stator is clamped down to the drum.
To install the Pod just wrap the metal-reinforced band around your handlebar and through the ratcheted installation block, pulling the strap until its tight. As far as routing the cable to your frame zip ties work well and are barely noticeable.
Can I install the CydeKick on a bike with disc brakes?
For those with disc brakes I plan on offering an alternative mount for the Pro that will allow you to install to the front wheel on the opposite side of the disc brake. It's simply a shorter version of the track-and-swivel rear mount shown above. The Mini is already provisioned for installation to the front so it's a non-issue.
Is the CydeKick weatherproof?
Yes. We are adding final tweaks to ensure the CydeKick is either sealed or the internal electronics are potted (with conformal coating resin) depending on where they are located and the voltage at that location.
How about the CydeKick Mini?
The CydeKick Mini employs the same concepts as the Pro except on a much smaller scale. It's also lighter and easier to install.
How will funding be used?
Below is a high-level breakdown of how we intend to use funding.
"PROMO PACK" $15 Reward - (Custom Promo Stickers)
"SUPPORTER SWAG" $30 Reward - (Mens or Ladies T-Shirt)
"JAWS OF BIKE" $35 Reward - (Phone/GPS Bike Holder)
"THE BULLET" $30 Reward - (Spinetics BPA-Free Water Bottle)
"THE SMORGASBORD" $75 Reward - (Any combination of items less than $75, i.e. Phone Holder + T-Shirt)
"THE MESSENGER" $50 Reward - (Messenger Bag with Reflective Spinetics Logo)
"MINI-ME" $150 Reward - (CydeKick Mini, Limited Edition)
"CydeKick Pro PLUS FREE CydeKick Mini" $275 Reward - (Limited Editions)
"ART-ON-WHEELS" $1200 Reward - (Custom Designed Fixie Bike with CydeKick Mini Generator)
"THE PICASSO" $1300 Reward - (Custom Designed Fixie Bike with CydeKick Pro Generator)
Above is an example of the custom designed fixies with CydeKick installed we are offering. Designs will vary based on artist.
If you'd like to learn more the artists please visit www.spineticsinc.com/kickstarter
This project began as an experiment in a small apartment in Miami when I combined my interest in cycling with my passion for green technology. Fast forward three years and today my business partner, Bethany, and I are determined to take the CydeKick to the next level in its product evolution. We want to bring this eco-friendly technology to the world and provide an incentive for people to choose their bikes over their cars. The CydeKick provides this option by enabling the transient world to stay connected without requiring a vehicle. That is why we’re reaching out for your support. The goal of our campaign is to raise enough capital to kickstart production so that as many people as possible have this choice and so that those already into cycling can enjoy the luxury.
If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to send me an email at email@example.com.
*Unlike other add-on systems, there is no contact between moving parts in the CydeKick, thus no additional friction.
The energy the CydeKick generates must come from somewhere according to the first law of thermodynamics which states, in summary, that energy can neither be created nor destroyed.
When a moving magnet passes an electrically conductive object (i.e. coils inside the generator), eddy currents are induced in the the object creating magnetic fields opposing that of the magnet's. It is these opposing magnetic fields which create drag. This is present in all electric generators/motors and without it they wouldn't work.
Risks and challenges
Everything in life comes with some level of risk. Risk mitigation is another way of saying planning and preparation, both of which we've not overlooked. This spans all facets of the CydeKick program including design, production, sales, supply chain, logistics, finance, marketing, etc. We’ve considered as as many variables as feasible and developed contingency plans using our combined past experience of 15 years working for small, medium, and large companies.
In this endeavor, we've identified two main areas of risk:
1. Schedule Slippage
According to a Forbes investigation, 75% of Kickstarter campaigns deliver late.* Another study published by CNN Money shows this figure at 84%.** In order to mitigate any slippage in the schedule we have reached out far in advance to identify suppliers, subcontractors, and their alternatives, should they have capacity or other unforeseen issues that might put the schedule at risk. We have begun developing relationships so that we can work closely, and efficiently to ensure our supply chain flows smoothly. Additionally, we have factored in a buffer to all of our ship dates to account for unforeseen delays.
2. Adequate Funding
Based on Kickstarter statistics, only about 40% of campaigns get funded.*** As a an “all-or-nothing” crowdfunding platform, campaigners must be prudent not to aim too high with their goals otherwise they may walk away empty handed. For that reason, goals are often set at the bare minimum. With our campaign we have also taken a similar approach in trying to keep our goal to a minimum and improve our odds of success. This, however, adds a level of risk of its own should unforeseen circumstances (expenses) arise that result in an inadequate amount of funds to fulfill backer commitments. Sure, popular campaigns often exceed their goals with a surplus of pledges but we cannot rely on just chance.
Therefore we have developed a contingency plan that entails seeking out any additional funding needed using a more conventional investment approach thru angel investors, financial institutions, etc. We have already begun preparations by drafting a business plan and reaching out to investors that have shown interest in our endeavor.
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