San Francisco start-up Fenix International has developed the ReadySet, a lead-acid based battery, housed in a safe, leak-resistant plastic casing that has plug-in adapters on the exterior shell. The battery can power multiple lights and electronics at the same time. To recharge the battery, users can pedal on a stationary bike, use a mini-solar panel that comes with the battery, or use existing nearby electricity. The ReadySet costs $150 before shipping.
What is the Fenix ReadySet?
The ReadySet is a renewable energy system that charges from solar panels and can power lights, radios, cell phones, tablets, and even Wi-Fi hot spots. The ReadySet’s intelligent battery can charge up to 10 iPhones, or power an iPad for over 12 hours of continuous video-play and can recharge from the included solar panel in just a few hours. Designed originally for Africa, the ReadySet is rugged and easy to use and now available here to power a tailgate, camping trip or for use in case of an emergency. You can even go on a carbon-diet and try to power all of your electronics from renewable energy at home.
Beyond solar, the ReadySet’s smart electronics and firmware allow you to charge from virtually any source such as solar panels, bicycle generators, micro-wind turbines, and more. The ReadySet’s sleek yet simple design allows you to use this energy and power all kinds of devices from its two open standard 12-volt Car Lighter Adapter ports and two 5-volt USB ports.
Each ReadySet Solar Kit includes:
The ReadySet battery (54 WHr aka 10 iPhone charges)
15 Watt Solar Panel with rugged aluminum frame (it’s fully weatherproof & waterproof)
23 Watt Power Adapter for grid charging
3 Watt LED Light with socket, cable and switch
USB Universal Battery Charger that allows you charge any 3.7-volt Lithium battery (for phones, cameras, etc)