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Generating off the grid electricity while camping or backpacking is no longer a luxury that many campers can afford to go without. We have just gone too reliant on our electronic devices. Fortunately, there are now many options available for portable power generators from solar to thermoelectric systems. One new option that has been gaining popularity are portable hydro generators and the Waterlily Turbine is one of them.

Portable hydroelectric generators only works when there is a source of fast moving water nearby like a creek, river or even a waterfall. With a hydroelectric generator, you can literally generate power 24 hours a day with almost no effort required of you. It is a huge advantage over solar.

The Waterlily Turbine is able to generate power in water speeds as slow as 1 mph but the peak output of 25 watts is achieved at water speeds of 7.2 km/h (4.5 mph).

However, the requirement for fast moving water means that the portable hydroelectric generator limits your camping site. The Waterlily Turbine alleviates this problem by doubling up as a wind turbine. Just hang it out in the open or anywhere with a strong gust. It requires a minimum wind speed of 10.8 km/h (6.7 mph) to get the turbine turning. To maximize power generation, you need wind speeds or at least 72 km/h (45 mph).

In the event there is no fast flowing water and the wind is not blowing, you can use a hand crank attached to the turbine in an emergency.

So what if the 25 watts generated by a single Waterlily Turbine is insufficient for charging your devices? You’ll be happy to know there is an option to daisy chain multiple units to increase the power output.

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