While some people might say that electronic devices have no business being on camping trips, the fact is that items such as LED lanterns, GPS units, two-way radios and cameras all have batteries that need charging. The Giga is designed to meet that need, using the power of the wind.
Created by British inventor Robert Kettlety, the Giga is basically a small wind turbine that’s enclosed within a protective UV-resistant thermoplastic body. Measuring 325 mm across (12.7 in) and tipping the scales at 1 kg (2.2 lb), it can be wedged between rocks, propped up in trees, or staked to the ground – the latter is accomplished using included lengths of 4-mm marine-grade rope, and three fixing pegs.
Once the Giga’s set up at the campsite, its blades spin in the wind throughout the day or night. Unlike a solar panel, it doesn’t require any sunlight, plus unlike a portable water turbine (yes, they do exist) it doesn’t need to be put in a stream or river. That said, rain shouldn’t be a problem, as all of its electronics are waterproof.