It’s always unsettling when the lights go out. It’s easy to accidentally bang your knee on the coffee table (though, at least this time, you can blame the lack of electricity).
However, the fact that you can’t charge your phone is certainly terrifying. Those who are always attached to their phones may find this frustrating. However, if the phone is the only method to reach emergency services or help of any kind, it might be a matter of life and death.
That being said, we’ve compiled a few suggestions for how to keep your phone powered up in the absence of an outlet. The most obvious is to check around your house to see what possibilities are already available.
1. Use a Wood-Fired Charger
You might be wondering how this is possible, but it’s a reality: a wood-fired camp stove that powers a USB port to charge a phone. If you have a BioLite CampStove 2, for example, all you need are a few twigs to start a fire. Its fan can generate electricity, and its 3,200 mAh battery can then charge your phone. When there is no electricity, a fire can be used to boil water and cook food. (Obviously, you shouldn’t use this indoors; you don’t want to risk starting a fire.)