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SOSCharger Cranks Out Fuel for Your Smartphone

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It's hardly a new idea, but the SOSCharger has recently gained a lot of traction with its Kickstarter campaign. With about two weeks left, the device -- which uses a hand-powered cranking system to charge smartphones under circumstances where there is no available electricity -- had snagged pledges in excess of $88,000, far surpassing its originally stated goal of $27,000.

Unlike many existing hand-crank chargers, which fail to produce enough power to fuel the needs of smartphones, the SOSCharger makes use of a built-in generator and 1,500 mAh Lithium Polymer battery, to provide approximately 5 to 12 minutes of talk time in exchange for 3 to 5 minutes' worth of cranking.

The new charger, roughly the same size and shape as an iPhone, but considerably thicker, features a USB connection and hand crank that tucks into a recessed, surfaced area, making for a relatively easy-to-carry and use product.

The battery inside the charger can be refreshed by attaching the unit, via USB, to a standard wall charger. The battery inside then acts as a backup power source. In situations where an electrical outlet isn't available for charging, the hand crank can get the job done. A series of LED indicators keep track of the battery's charge state, as well as when the unit is actively charging.

It takes a donation of at least $35 to secure one of the units via Kickstarter. Backers there will be guaranteed a period of 2 years during which they can exchange any unit due to factory defect, which doesn't include physical damage.

Owners of the devices should be assured that there's virtually no situation where smartphones are without power. Connecting to the nearest network, though, might present another, entirely separate issue.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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