How To Charge Your Cell Phone During a Power Outage

We've become so reliant on our cell phones and mobile devices that not many people have a clue on what they'd do if the power went out and they couldn't charge their phones from the wall outlet anymore.

Before I get into the "survival hacks" portion of battery charging I should point out that there are store-bought options that can make life easier, for example: 

  • A Power Bank can charge mobile devices up to 7 full charges depending on the model.
  • A USB Car Charger can utilize your vehicle's battery for charging.
  • A Solar Generator can harness the sun's energy to give your phone some juice.

If you don't own a car or any of these gadgets you can always plug your phone into a laptop, but that will just drain your computer too.

Here is a way to charge your phone using a 9-volt battery with a USB charger

What you'll need

  • 9-volt battery.
  • USB car charger.
  • Pen (or metal object)

1. Take Apart Your Pen

In the first step, you're going to want to take apart your pen and get to the little metal spring inside.

2. Connect Your Spring and Charger To The Battery

Now take the spring you just retrieved and place it on the negative side of the 9-volt battery.

Touch the USB charger to the positive side of the battery.

As you can see, the charger lights up and is ready to be used.

3. Let Your Device Charge

Now you can plug in your phone and let it charge.  It's worth noting that using clamps or tape is more logical than using your hands unless you're the type of person who likes watching paint dry.

In the video below you can see that several different types of objects can work as a conductor such as an alan wrench or penny.

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