Pack a Hand Crank Phone Charger as a Battery Backup

July 31, 2013 by

Ambient Weather Smart Phone charger

Ambient Weather Smart Phone charger and weather radio.

Hand crank chargers come in handy for charging phones and other devices during a power outage or other emergencies. When you’re on vacation and your cell phone is dying with no outlet in sight, that’s an emergency of another sort.

Most hand-crank emergency chargers are lightweight, and designed to universally connect to cell phones. Many offer additional adapters.

Hand Crank Generator

K-TOR Pocket Socket Hand Crank Generator

Hand Crank Phone Chargers

Hand crank phone chargers use good old fashion elbow grease to charge your phone. To use this kind of charger, you just plug it into your phone and crank. One minute of cranking converts to about 30 seconds of energy.

Of course it requires a lot of cranking to fully charge a phone, but it works in a pinch to get your phone charged enough to make a call. Plus your arms get a workout, too! Here are a few popular models to consider:

K-TOR Pocket Socket: This lightweight hand crank features a large crank that’s easy to grip. It generates electricity for flashlights, mobile phones, radios, cameras, rechargeable lights and other critical devices. It features a standard two-prong outlet interface, but an international converter is also available.

SOS charger

SOS charger is small.

SOS Hand-Crank Emergency Cell Phone Charger: The SOS Charger is powered by a small wind handle to generate enough power to make a quick call or send a text message. It also works as a bright 3-LED emergency flashlight. This charger is compatible with most modern phones with included adapters for BlackBerry, Nokia, LG, Samsung, Motorola, Sony-Ericsson and other brands that utilize mini-USB or micro-USB inputs. However, it doesn’t work with iPhones.

Ambient Weather Compact Emergency Solar Hand Crank Smart Phone Charger: This is an ideal choice for camping and for those who live in areas prone to power outages due to weather events. It’s not only a cell phone charger, but also a compact AM/FM NOAA weather radio and a powerful 3 LED flashlight.

USB Emergency Chargers

USB emergency chargers can be plugged into a computer or laptop to power your cell phone. This works if you have forgotten your phone’s charger at home, but if there is no power, chances are your laptop will run out of juice, too.

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