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1. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 12y

I saw a product recently that powers up your mobile phone without the need for a powerpoint nor batteries.

What you do is plug it into your mobile phone, then turn the small plastic handle, which in turn generates electricity which is stored in your phone's battery.

The product is small, light, gives a good charge, and you can obviously use it anywhere.

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

It definitely sounds nifty, but how many times would you have to turn this thing to generate enough electricity to charge your battery. I can just picture people slaving away to charge their mobiles while others are out swimming etc. :)

3. Posted by moutallica (Respected Member 122 posts) 12y

I've heard of these things before, but from what i read, its meant for emergencies and not general use. Like if you ran out of a charge but you still had to make a quick call. But maybe this is a new version thats more efficient

4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 12y

I got one from my friend last year and I never use it. It takes ages to make the phone work.

5. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

it's much more practical to take with you a spare battery if you know you will be without access to electricity for many days (but than - most probably -there won't be reception)

6. Posted by orienteyec (Full Member 84 posts) 11y

Bacially I cannot live without a cell phone. If I don't have it with me, I get freaked out.

7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

After having a 1800.00 USD cell phone bill (from use while traveling) I have never taken my cell with me. Phone cards are cheap:)

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Buy a new prepaid SIM card when you get there

9. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

it's much more practical to take with you a spare battery if you know you will be without access to electricity for many days (but than - most probably -there won't be reception)

My Siemen's cell phone doesn't have a spare battery. Only an electric lead. If I'm going to be out of range, then I just turn the phone off. That way, the battery charged is preserved.

10. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

My sister has a radio that works like that. The radio doesn't take long to charge, but a radio uses no where near the amount of power that a cell phone does.

I wonder about the practicality of this device. If one is going to be away from a source of electrical power for days at a time, are you really going to be in a place where the cell phone coverage is great? I mean, does one get a good signal in the jungles of the Amazon or on the plains of the Serengeti?