Category Archives: low carbon

solar charging station at PHEW!

There’s a new charging station at PHEW now!  Using yesterday’s sun-drenched solar panels, we’re charging our bike lights & mobile phones for the rain-drenched ride home tonight.

Seeing as how we hardly used the solar powered ceiling fans, we decided we’d like to use the abundant radiant energy for our other energy needs. So we asked our friends Matt & Pete, who happily installed a converter (to bring the power from 24 to 12v DC) and an inverter (to give us AC power with standard outlets & a USB port) today.  And when they finished up the installation this afternoon, they topped off the charge on their cordless drill and mobile phones.

With a 240 watt capacity, this system can power most small devices, such as USB rechargeable bike lights, mobile phones, laptops, even e-bikes. Stop in with your e-bike & charger and check out the new PHEW solar charging station!

Am discovering more and more low power devices around the shop: the glue gun, the cordless phone (2W), the laptop (45W), cordless vacuum cleaner (3W)…

E-Joe Anggun 2.0, reviewed


So let’s say you’re a a restaurant delivery person, and you’d like to save on gas. So you’re thinking about what kind of fuel-efficient or hybrid car you can afford, when all of a sudden, lightning strikes in the form of a bicycle whooshing by.

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“Eureka! I’ll get an e-bike!” you exclaim. “By riding an e-bike for work, I’ll never have to buy gas again, and all I have to do is charge the battery when I get off work! I’ll have so much more money left over for my local organic fair trade homemade artisanal kombucha habit! Brilliant!”


Then you head over to Philly Electric Wheels and find that your dream has come true. We have an e-bike that even a delivery worker will be able to afford. It is high quality and costs only $1,899.00. Most good quality e-bikes will cost you at least $2,000.00. There are a couple of models that are lower priced, but their range (miles per battery charge) is smaller.

The Anggun 2.0 by e-JOE is actually ideal for restaurant delivery, because the battery can help you pedal up to 42 miles on a single charge. This range is also more than ideal for your daily commute (I hope!), as well as for going on a day or weekend-long ride in the country.

As the e-JOE website expounds, “add disc brakes, a premium front fork, puncture-resistance tires and numerous included upgrades and accessories, and you’ve got one great all-purpose electric bike.”


e-JOE came out with the Anggun in 2013, and they have now revamped it for 2015. Some of the improvements include a smaller frame (now 18″), a better charging port, better front and rear lights, and an adjustment to the Assist mode. In the earlier model, you didn’t have the option to not use the Assist mode; in this year’s model, you can turn Assist mode off and ride the bike as though it’s a conventional bike. This is nice because it puts the e-ness of the bike completely under your control.

So whether you’re a delivery driver, a commuter, or a leisure rider, come on in today for a test ride! The Anggun 2.0 is something to experience.

Oh, what a feeling!

The solar-charged fans are humming away, adding such a lightness to the air.spinning fans

It’s been fun showing the blinking lights on the Morningstar charge controller (which, by the way, is a Newtown PA company) to children and adults alike:mattcontroller

  • the sun indicator went from steady, blinking yellow or off meaning it’s sunny, partly sunny or dark!
  • the battery indicator ranges from green, yellow, blinking red or red, which means the battery is fully charged, partly charged, being drained, or fully drained.

The children were wowed, and excited to discover that the future is now.

Last evening the fans spun past sundown, till almost 9 o’clock.  This morning they began spinning at 9:45.

For us at PHEW!, we hope to use the air conditioner much less, what with our most recent bill of over $350, has been a peak usage month for us.

Now to have Matt add an outlet so customers can stop in and top up their e-bike charge! Harvey would like to see it power a coffee pot in the winter months. Thoughts?

Sun charged fans, now at PHEW!

I’ve enjoyed having my friends Matt & Pete here this week.  Matt Weaver, of Education & Mindfulness, designed the dedicated PV (photovoltaic) system to power 3 ceiling fans.  The panels and charge controller were purchased from the AltE Store.  After several trips to the local hardware store and borrowing a ladder from John Siemiarowski of Electrical Wizardry, the panels were mounted last evening.


The fans were recommended by our friend Jonas Biers and ordered from Missouri Wind and Solar.  And installed by dear friend Pete Tridish, who’s known for installing low power community radio stations and often climbs radio towers.

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So along with a glass of cold water,  you’ll also enjoy a breeze from our sun charged fans after your electric test rides. Stop on by… at 7153 Sprague St, Philadelphia PA 19119.