Make a human-powered, MacGyver-style emergency cell phone charger

Megan Treacy (@mtreacy)
Technology / Gadgets
February 26, 2013

Making a Hand-Crank Generator Pt. 1

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hand crank generator 1

credit: The King of Random

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Step 1: Remove the battery from the cordless drill and look up inside. You should see 2 terminals where the battery provides power to the drill.

Step 2: Use the aluminum foil to fashion make-shift wires that connect to the terminals. (Salvaged copper wire is even better if you can find some).

Step 3: Secure your drill to a surface like a piece of 2" x 4" with the trigger pressed "on." I used plenty of yarn to hold it down tight.

Note: The trigger needs to be on and the torque setting at its highest.