Four handy tech gadgets that don’t require electricity

An article I wrote for Electronic Products.

Feeling powerless? It may not be such a bad thing after all

It’s always those times when you’re nowhere near an outlet when your smartphone or tablet uses its final breaths to flash a red light or slowly power down as it warns you of its nearing death. For the most part, electronics are nothing without power, right? Fortunately, that doesn’t always have to be the case. Check out the list of “powerless” tech gadgets below that can serve as useful devices while simultaneously charging your electronics.

SpareOne Plus emergency mobile phone

SpareOne Plus

Image via realsimple.com.

Even if you’re without power for an extended period of time and all of your other electronics have failed you, the SpareOne Plus will be ready to assist. This phone contains a special battery-isolator tab that keeps its single AA battery from draining, allowing the phone to offer 10 hours of talk time without electricity. If unused, it can survive up to an impressive 15 years. Also included is a built-in LED flash light for 24 hours of continuous light, a panic siren, and an SOS torchlight on top that flashes Morse code. Though it looks like something fresh out of 1998, it’s a good idea to keep this handy phone nearby and stored in a safe place.

Price: $80

Buy now.

Sun & Cloud self-generating digital camera

Sun and Cloud

Image via dvice.com.

Capable of shooting both videos and stills, the Sun & Cloud camera by Superheadz Japan is the world’s first self-generation digital camera. With a solar panel on top, it’s capable of generating its own power so you don’t have to worry about recharging a dead battery. Design-wise, the camera looks like a small cube, which can be either black or white, and on the back is an LCD screen for viewing your photos along with buttons that make up the user interface. As it’s so convenient and eye-catching, why wouldn’t you want one?

Price: $200

Buy now.

EcoXPower bike headlight

EcoXPower Headlight

Image via gizmag.

For those who bike longer than their smartphone’s battery lasts, the EcoXPower headlight and device charger is a must-have. The simple attachment charges USB devices and offers an LED headlight as long as you do some pedaling to power it up. Since the rechargeable battery is built-in, you’ll still have leftover power to charge devices even after you’ve reached your destination. For extra safety, the light has two red LED rear lights.

Price: $100

Buy now.

BioLite CampStove

BioLite CampStove

Image via outfresh.com.

Going camping? Enjoy the great outdoors? Hungry? Bring along the BioLite CampStove and you’ll be all set. This portable stove combines the benefits of a backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger so you can work the grill while charging your electronics. All you need are a few twigs to start a small fire and the BioLite CampStove will generate electricity from the heat created by the flames. Some of the electricity is used to power a fan in order to improve airflow and combustion, and the excess energy can be used to charge devices via a USB port. There’s nothing like fresh air, a tasty burger and a fully-charged smartphone.

Price: $130

Buy now.

Story via money.msn.com.

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