Nokia use lightning bolt to charge phone
Imagine if you could charge your phone using the power of lightning. University of Southampton have teamed up with Nokia in an experiment to harness the energy of a lightning bolt to charge a Nokia Lumia 925.
In the trial, over 200,000 volts was sent across a 300mm gap. The signal was then stepped into a second controlling transformer, where it was able to charge the mobile device.
“This discovery proves that the device can be charged with a current that passes through the air, and is a huge step towards understanding a natural power like lightning and harnessing its energy,” said Neil Palmer, a scientist at the University of Southampton in the UK.
Nokia said the test was a way to find innovative ways to improve the performance of products, rather than serious plans for a weather chargeable phone.
“As one of the first companies to introduce wireless charging into our products, we believe that this experiment has the potential to jump-start new ideas on how we charge our phones in the future,” said Chris Weber, executive vice president for sales and marketing at Nokia.