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I'm looking for a clock radio for everyday use (plugs into the wall) that ALSO has a crank and can be hand charged in emergencies, and can be used to charge USB devices like a cell phone.

asked Aug 26 '11 at 08:48

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The Grundig FR200 is your best bet for an occaisional use/emergency use radio, with an alarm clock. You'll never be able to hand-crank enough to run a cell phone. Cell phones are HUGE energy hogs. Radios use very little, by comparison--no moving parts, and they merely receive, not broadcast. If you want a backup power source for your cell phone, the Goal0 12301 Nomad 7M Solar Panel is the best.

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answered Sep 03 '11 at 14:27

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edited Sep 03 '11 at 14:31

Eton makes several crank USB chargers http://www.etoncorp.com/

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answered Sep 03 '11 at 14:24

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I looked into hand-cranked units for charging cell phones but there was nothing that seemed to work. The day before Irene arrived I remembered that the battery jump kit I keep in my garage has a USB port and a 12-volt power plug on it. During the day and a half we were without power we used it to keep our phones and iPad charged. It worked like a charm. One more reason (besides the occasional need to jump start a car) to keep one of these things handy.

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answered Sep 03 '11 at 17:29

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Ideaforge in India makes an inexpensive product (less than USD 10), that works well, too!

http://www.ideaforge.co.in/web/products/poweralternatives

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answered Sep 03 '11 at 22:40

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"Ideaforge in India makes an inexpensive product (less than USD 10), that works well, too!

http://www.ideaforge.co.in/web/products/poweralternatives"...

Any idea where I can get one (or more) of these to ship to the USA for less than $25/each? Greatly appreciated.

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answered Sep 05 '11 at 08:00

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