How much electricity are you getting from an electric kettle?
Exeter, New South Wales – A new electric kettle that is designed to reduce energy consumption on an electric heaters could be a great help in reducing carbon emissions.
The company, called Ecobooks, claims its “EcoBike” is 100 per cent efficient.
But in reality, it may only be slightly better than a standard electric kettle.
The device uses a small electric motor to spin the kettle in place.
It does not need to be run at high temperatures, as is typically the case with electric kettle models.
Rather, it is powered by an internal battery, which the kettle’s internal battery uses to recharge and charge the kettle once it is switched on.
This means that the internal battery’s energy consumption is reduced by almost a third when compared to a standard kettle.
When the device is switched off, it can generate a minimum of about 5,000 watts of energy per kilowatt hour (kWh).
When powered by the same internal battery the energy consumption will be around 10,000 watt hours.
It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, meaning the kettle can be used for a very long time.
The Ecobikes range of features includes: a small motor to turn the kettle on and off; an integrated LED light on the front of the kettle; an LED on the top of the headrest; and an integrated heat vent on the bottom of the unit.
The kettle’s LED can be turned off if there is no charge available.
It also comes with a range of batteries, which can be plugged into the internal charging socket of the EcoBikes.
“We wanted to give people the flexibility to take advantage of the eco-friendly design and technology of this kettle,” says John Edwards, CEO of Ecobacks.
“People have really enjoyed using the Ecobike, and the design is easy to use and clean.”
The company claims it is the first electric kettle to be built using a modular approach to design.
Instead of building a kettle to work on its own, Ecobanks engineers designed and built the kettle with the intention of replacing the kettle each year.
“In a year’s time we will replace the Ecombo and we’ll be up to 40 per cent more efficient,” Edwards says.
It is unclear whether Ecobills design will have a similar impact on the energy efficiency of the standard electric heat-sink model, the ThermoFlex, which uses a similar motor to operate the kettle.
“There are certainly a number of factors that we have looked at and tested, but ultimately we believe we are the right fit for the ECOBikes technology,” Edwards adds.
“ECOBike is the world’s first electric heat sink, designed specifically for the home.”