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Post-Sandy Advisory #2: How to Recharge Your Cell Phone in Unique Ways #Sandy

by Roberta J. Witty  |  November 1, 2012  |  1 Comment

We thought it was time for a bit of light-hearted but practical advice to our readers. So – my colleagues and I researched various ways to recharge your cell phone when there is no traditional power source. If you don’t have generous and community-minded neighbors like those in NYC that set out an extension cord with power plugs to the sidewalk with a sign saying “We have power. Please feel free to charge your phone.” (source: Upworthy on Facebook), then here are three intriguing ways to do it. I must admit, I couldn’t stop watching the YouTube videos.

NOTE: Any product or method listed here does not imply a Gartner endorsement. Use at your own risk.

1.  Thermoelectric (fire) starters: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/fire-powered-cellphone-chargershttp://tes-ne.com/English/03-3_product_e.html#Fire,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aWLP4izGV0 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=NE3OHfPT1fo&feature=endscreen

2.  Solar battery pack: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_charger   and  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO_7x3eNN48

3.  Stirling engine:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stirling_engine   and     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEv2mwEQGik

But perhaps the best choice is to do a bit of honest labor: http://www.dinodirect.com/dynamo-hand-crank-usb-cell-phone-emergency-charger.html?cur=USD&affid=3846&gclid=CNrP9fOSr7MCFQOf4Aod91QArw.

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Roberta J. Witty
Research VP
11 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

Roberta Witty is a research VP in Gartner Research, where she is part of the Compliance, Risk and Leadership group. Her primary area of focus is business continuity management and disaster recovery. Ms. Witty is the role specialty lead for… Read Full Bio


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