Guy turns plastic bottles into hydroelectric iPhone charger

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When portable battery packs just won't cut it.
When portable battery packs just won't cut it.
Photo: Thomas Kim

There’s nothing worse than having a dead iPhone battery in the middle of nowhere, but for science mastermind Thomas Kim, that’s never a problem.

In one of the latest in his series projects where he turns everyday garbage into scientific creations, Kim tapped into the power of beautiful little waterfall by turning a bunch of plastic bottles into a water wheel to generate enough hydroelectric power to recharge his iPhone.

Watch the real-life MacGyver in action:

Dam It: Apple Embraces Hydroelectric Power For Oregon Data Center

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(Credit: Randy L. Rasmussen / The Oregonian)
(Credit: Randy L. Rasmussen / The Oregonian)

Remember when Tim Cook said he wanted Apple to be a “force for good” in the world, in terms of sustainability?

In keeping with Apple’s plans to use 100% renewable energy to power all of its facilities, it has recently taken over a small hydroelectric project at a Central Oregon site, near to the company’s data center in Prineville.

Since these data centers consume massive amounts of electricity (read: the equivalent of a small city), Apple has been keen to explore alternative sources of energy to keep them in clean, renewable energy.