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  Wind-up mobile chargers on the way
Updated 10 January 2002, 22.04
The wind-up mobile charger
A wind-up charger for mobile phones has been invented.

Normally mobiles are plugged into chargers, but the new gadget means you don't have to have an electricity supply handy.

The makers of the clockwork charger say this could be useful to people in developing countries, where power supplies are poor.

Motorola will be selling it

Rory Stear: the man who invented the charger
Rory Stear: the man who invented the charger

The charger, called FreeCharge, gives around five minutes talk time for roughly every minute of winding by hand.

Motorola will be selling the new charger from March, and other companies are expected to follow soon afterwards.

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