10 Quirky Ways To Charge Your Gadgets

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We live in an age where we have amazing handheld devices that are as tiny as they are useful. But when the batteries run out, you’ve got an extremely expensive paperweight on your hands.

Sure, you can plug your device into a wall outlet to charge it, but that’s boring.

Why not try one of these esoteric ways to bring your phone or MP3 player back to life?

Use the sun's rays.

This portable solar array lets you keep your devices charged while your out camping (or doing anything, really).

Price: $39.99

Take advantage of kinetic energy.

Spin this battery around your finger to generate some electricity. It's pretty easy.

Price: only a concept, not for sale

Use portable, wearable electricity.

Charge this wristband in your outlet, then wear it until you need to charge your device. Stylish? Maybe. Practical? Definitely.

Price: $39.99

Use heat energy!

If you're out camping, you're going to start a campfire. And you're probably going to wish you had a way to charge your phone. With this adaptor from TES, your campfire can charge your phone.

Price: not yet for sale

Use a portable wind turbine.

It's actually solar and wind power built into one unit. An interesting way to make sure you have backup electricity for your portable device.

Price: $99.95

The PowerPeg harnesses your kinetic energy.

The idea behind the PowerPeg is simple -- keep it in your backpack while you're hiking. It will actually use the constant jostling motion to generate electricity. By the end of your hike, you'll be able to give your phone a decent charge.

Price: $160

Use your bicycle!

It's easy to attach a hub dynamo to your bicycle. As your wheel spins, you can generate electricity to power a light for riding at night, or store the energy in compatible battery like the Biologic ReeCharge.

Price: hub dynamos vary in price, the ReeCharge costs $120

Use a hamster!

Use an orange!

Charge batteries with ambient sound.

We've written about this t-shirt before -- it contains piezoelectric material that harnesses ambient noise to generate electricity and keep your device juiced up.

These chargers offer weird ways to keep your gadgets going.

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