BRIT MAKES A WIPER FOR HELMETS
ADAM Aarons lives just outside London and the rainy city has inspired him to do something about his rain- smeared helmet visors once and for all.
The result is the Rainpal, a clip- on wiper blade that runs off a battery and, in Aaron’s words, wipes away the rain with maximum efficiency and minimum effort.
The wiper works on all curved full- face, flip, bandit and open visors and will not impede vision, as it measures less than 1,3 cm in height and width.
Aaron says his invention ( patent pending) works well in slow city driving conditions, when the drizzle does not run off, and delivers a far clearer vision than what water repellents achieve.
His invention comes with two attachment options — a glue or suction cups.
The glue strip bonds with the helmet and measures 1,2 cm, which is taken up by an adhesive strip and mounting plate, finished in either black or white to match the Rainpal colour. You can then attach your Rainpal to this mounting when it rains, or leave Rainpal on continuously and detach the wiper with the one click detachment system.
For pedal bikes not going over 25 km an hour, three suction cups can be mounted inside the helmet.
Rainpal also comes with an optional water reservoir and a connection for a large external reservoir to clean the visor on dry days.
A handy side effect of cleaning water of the visor, states Aaron, is that it also reduces fogging inside the visor by reducing the temperature difference between the inside and outside of the visor
A removable battery pack provides 90 minutes of continuous wiping and recharges through a USB port.
Aaron provides two years fully comprehensive warranty. The device can be ordered in several colours online from fundrazr. com at $ 69, ( R1 050) excluding shipping.
The tiny clip- on helmet wiper sells for just over R1 000.