Sidewinder Cell Phone Charger
by Jim Bray
Have you ever been jawing away on your cell phone, only to hear the plaintive
beeps in your ear that tell you youd better shut up quickly before
your battery gives up the ghost?
Have these reminders ever left you wishing you had a spare battery?
The only problem with that is that spare batteries can cost so much that
you might almost as well get a second phone, depending on what phone you
have, of course.
I did a quick surf of Nokias site, and there wasnt a replacement
battery there that isnt worth more than my entire phone - though
my entire phone is admittedly out of date and technologically obsolete
by today's standards - and I have oodles of spare batteries that somehow
fell from the sky. But it does the job I want and I can read its display
without my reading glasses...
On the other hand, if power is a problem for you, perhaps you should
be thinking about a Sidewinder charger.
The Sidewinder bills itself as the worlds smallest, lightest, and
most powerful portable cell phone charger. It weighs something like two
and a half ounces, fits easily into a pocket or a car storage bin and -
best of all - it requires no electrical power to use.
Yep, you don't need any sort of plug in to make the Sidewinder work.
This means the gadget will work even in the boonies, when youre
miles away from any kind of battery charger. Assuming, of course, that
youve remembered to bring the Sidewinder with you.
How does it generate electricity? You just crank its little handle -
which makes the thing particularly attractive for people who like to make
crank phone calls!
The company claims that 2 minutes of cranking gives you over six minutes
of talk time, and even more standby time. And if you keep cranking as you
talk you can talk as long as you want - as long as you dont mind
sounding a tad winded to the person at the other end of the call, I imagine.
Now, since I dont need such a gadget, I gave it to my son to try.
And he says the Sidewinder does work as advertised. Its downside is that
you have to crank and crank and crank, which could end up giving you more
physical exertion that you want if you're a confirmed couch potato.
My son says that since the Sidewinder requires so much work its
really best suited for emergency use only. But thats okay - in fact,
thats exactly what the Sidewinder is billed as being for: emergency
power to prevent you from losing that all-important call. And for $24.95,
thats pretty cheap insurance.
The SideWinder also contains a high-bright white LED light, kind of a
mini flashlight, which the company says gives light for up to 5 minutes
after you stop cranking.
The Sidewinder fits phones by Nokia, Audiovox, Kyocera, Motorola, Sony/Ericsson,
and Samsung. For a complete list, check out the company's Web site here.