During an emergency, our only line out to help is our phone. We use it to call the police, family, or friends in a time of need, so it’s rather important for it to be charged. If the power is knocked out, you’re going to need a new way to charge your device so you can check in with everyone.
The American Red Cross FRX3 is a hand turbine weather alert radio as well as a smartphone charger. It receives AM/FM/weather band, has an audio input, LED flashlight, solar panel, and a glow-in-the-dark locator. There’s a headphone jack, and it can charge smartphones through a USB port. Cranking for a minute will yield enough power to make a 30-second emergency phone call. It only costs around $56, and could be pretty useful to have around.
It puts a whole new meaning into the term “crank calls.”