H2O Shower Powered Radio – World’s first water powered radio
If you like to sing or listen to the music while you shower, here is another way to annoy your neighbors. The team that helped commercialize the award winning Wind-Up Radio has launched the world’s first water powered radio named H2O Shower Powered Radio. It uses the water pressure provided by household showers to power an FM radio, without the need for batteries.
The H2O Shower Powered Radio provides users with a convenient, and energy-efficient, means of listening to their favorite radio stations while in the shower. It uses a patented micro turbine concept to power the FM radio. The motion of water flowing through a small H2O micro turbine drives a generator that creates energy to power the radio. The radio dispels the need for disposable batteries, as the integral battery recharges as the shower runs.
H2O Shower Powered Radio turns on automatically when the shower is used. It is capable to memorize the last chosen radio station and speaker volume. The radio even allows users to carry on listening after the shower is turned off; using any excess energy stored in an integral Ni-Mh rechargeable cell.
Installing the H2O Shower Powered Radio is simple, with no need for tools. The small, slim design slots directly on to the faucet of the shower; placing the radio in a position to use the steady flow of water on its way to the shower head, without getting in the way of the shower user. You don’t need to worry about your safety and usage of this low-power electrical appliance in contact with water used for your bath because it is waterproof (waterproof rating of IP44).
The patented H2O micro turbine technology is the latest technology from the H2O design labs. Previously, Vivian Blick, Managing Director of Tango Group, the owners of the H2O brand, the company behind the radio. Blick is also a former director of Freeplay Energy Group, the company behind the commercialization of the Wind-up Radio (invented in order to help raise awareness of AIDS in parts of Africa where the batteries are difficult to access), which was invented by Trevor Baylis OBE in the 1990s.
“Creating the now-patented micro turbine technology, that allows the radio to operate solely through the flow of water, was the key to our new innovation; and thus the world’s first water-powered shower radio was created”, said Blick. “We are extremely excited about the launch of the H2O Shower Powered Radio; particularly given its presence as the only radio of its kind available on the market. The radio gives users a unique means of listening to the radio in the bathroom, without having to worry about the inconvenience that disposable batteries can cause.”