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Hand Crank iPod Charger - PCstats.com Hand Crank iPod Charger
Fri, October 14 2005 | 10:43AM | PermaLink Feedback?
This is a bit old but very cool! Electricity go out where you live? Never fear you can still charge your iPod!

To be honest, I did go wrong on the amount of cranking I thought would be involved… On the flashlight-packaging it says 1 minute of cranking gives you 30 minutes of light, but I didn’t think it through how little current 5 leds take… so… it can very well be that the cables I made earlier, with a zener-diode to make sure I wasn’t going over 5.1 volt (check the hackaday-topic I mentioned earlier if you want to know about that), would also work but at that moment I thought I did something wrong. Well, this setup works (yay!), but with a lot of cranking involved, so I have to be quite desperate for some tunes and miles away from another possibility to charge it, before I crank power my ipod this way… but hey, it is possible! (and for me, that was the point of doing all this)

 

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