Five Chargers That Don’t Need a Plug

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Whether you’re going off the grid or in survival mode following a natural disaster, power is key.

We’re so reliant on our devices, that they’re basically lifelines in emergencies. To keep your essentials up and running, here are five portable charging options that use natural or self-produced energy to keep the phones on.

Touch of Eco Solar Charger – $30


This nifty charger suctions to any window or glass surface and continually charges as long as it’s facing sunlight. It all comes in a sleek, modern package with an easy connector for just about any USB-based device.

Matone Portable 1000 mAh Charger – $19


Think of this as the Swiss Army Knife of solar chargers. It’s rainproof, has an LED light and handles two different devices simultaneously. Also, its power bank is capable of recharging for more than 500 cycles if properly cared for. We’re taking this on our next camping trip.

K-Tor Pocket Socket 2 – $50

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If there’s not enough sunlight, consider the hand-cranked power of the Pocket Socket 2. This updated version has a 10-watt generator that charges your device at the same rate as a standard 120-volt electrical outlet. It’s a lot of power in a small package and makes a lot of sense for backpacking and emergency kits.

American Red Cross Clipray – $15

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Anything branded with the Red Cross logo has to be built for the worst emergencies and this hand-cranked charger is no different. It’s simple design is built as a clip-on with a USB charger and LED light. It’s built to go wherever you need it to and may become your best friend should the worst-case scenario come to reality.

Pipedream: Micro Wind Turbine

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Our friends at Digital Trends wrote about this really great prototype over the summer. It was so cool, we thought it was worth mentioning again. At less than two pounds, it’s a portable turbine that generates and stores it’s own power. It can generate up to five watts with constant 11 mph winds. For now, it’s still in concept form created by École Cantonale d’Art Lausanne design student Nils Ferber, but we’re hoping that a company or investor gives it the green light soon.