reportedly has confirmed
its manufacturing deal with a Chinese firm to begin mass production of the so-called “YoGen” hand-powered charger for computers, cell phones, MP3s, gaming devices and iPods.
The company owns the YoGen product suite of compact man-powered generators. The company says they’re designed to provide an effective solution to the currently underserved need of the almost limitless users of portable electronics devices for a power source that will ensure those devices’ ability to operate in circumstances in which conventional recharging sources are unavailable.
The hand powered charger YoGen, pictured below, has a built-in 650mAh battery which is charged by repeatedly pulling a built in cord. The motion of the cord is similar to that of a Yo-Yo string and while the self retracting cord is pulled an alternator continuously spins generating power to charge the built in battery. It has a miniUSB connector that can be connected to charge the mobile.
Each pull of the cord generates power of 20 watts peak. Stator coils integrated into a Printed Circuit Board are activated via the patented design of the rotor’s permanent magnetic component layout, thus providing for high power of the generator. Instead of a complex gear mechanism used in other hand generators, YoGen uses a simple rotational multiplication concept, created by building the cord’s pull and return mechanism on a separate axle.
Easy Energy has stated that it anticipates the first assembly pilot run of 100 units to begin on March 11, 2009, followed by an assembly pilot run of 1000 units beginning on March 27, 2009. Mass production of the two models is projected to be initiated on April 9, 2009.
The company hopes to change its image as a R & D company to that of a profitable product manufacturer once the manufacture of YoGen commences. They also claim that there is a vast demand for their product in the marketplace.
“We are very pleased to have executed this manufacturing agreement with a firm we are confident will uphold the high standards of product excellence we are demanding for the YoGen charger,” stated Guy Ofir, chief executive officer of Easy Energy. “We will be continuing to provide progress updates as we proceed toward our April mass production target date for our YoGen charger.”
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