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The Reviews Are In: Hand Crank-Powered Phone

Posted Nov 20 2009 10:00pm
The SideWinder Cell Phone Charger from I nnovative Solutions and Technologies' is a sweet little hand crank-powered gizmo that you can use to charge your mobile phone anytime and anywhere - without an electrical outlet, of course.

Each two minute wind-up session is said to give you about six minutes of talk time. With a small LED light for extra illumination, it is also said to work with most cell phone models.

According to the review on CNET:

The good: The IST SideWinder is compact, light, and reusable. Its LED throws 5 minutes of light after a couple minutes of cranking.

The bad: The IST SideWinder is tough to crank; several minutes of cranking gave us only a few minutes of phone life. Also, it won't work on a completely dead phone battery.

The bottom line: The IST SideWinder might be small, reusable, and environmentally friendly, but we never got a decent cell phone charge from the device.

Hmmm, certainly not an A+ review. But maybe it's worth checking out for ourselves.


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