How to Charge Your Cell Phone for Free and $ave Money
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Never Experience A Dead Cell Phone Again
Have you ever experienced a dead phone when you need it most ?
We are pretty sure that we all have at some point in time. Never again will you experience a dead phone, if you implement the following suggestions and advices.
It’s important to keep your cell phone’s battery charged at all times. It will prolong the battery’s life.
If you commute, let your car do the cell phone charging (free of charge), while you do the driving. All you need is a vehicle power charger specific to your phone and a functional cigarette lighter receptacle.
Three (3) Kinds Of Chargers
There are 3 kinds of chargers:
- 2-in-1 charger (can be used at home [wall outlet], as well as in your car [cigarette lighter outlet]).
- Home charger, and
- Car charger.
(See illustrative photos below.)
We will show you how to use them all either at home, in your car, or both.
Advantages & Disadvantages Of A 2-in-1 Charger
First let’s deal with the advantages and disadvantages of the 2-in-1 charger.
Pro: obviously no need for two different chargers. (car charger vs home charger)
Con: if, however, it does get lost, there is no way to charge your phone.
Some cell phone charger manufacturers come up with a clever 2-in-1 charger, non-integrated unit, whereas the wall charger is separate and apart from the car charger, and yet part of the same unit. if one of the 2 components is lost, the remaining one is dysfunctional.
To settle the pro vs con debate of owning a 2-in-1 charger, the ideal solution would be to get a home charger, a car charger, and a 2-in-1 charger. In so doing, you’ll have all your cell phone charging bases (needs) covered.
How To Use A Home Charger With The Car’s Cigarette Lighter Outlet
What if you only have a home charger, how do you take advantage of your car’s cigarette lighter outlet ?
Inverter to the rescue. An inverter is an electronic device that converts DC (Direct Current) into AC (Alternative Current) or household current.
Inverters come in all sizes and shapes, Wattage and Amperage, the scale of quality ranging from Modified Sine Wave (good, inexpensive) to Pure Sine Wave (better, relatively expensive). Pure Sine Wave inverters provide quality, standard household current.
Just plug the inverter into the cigarette lighter socket, plug your AC phone charger into the inverter’s AC outlet and the cell phone’s port. That’s all there is to it.
Make sure the inverter’s technical specifications match those of the cigarette lighter socket, in terms of current draw. If the maximum socket’s rated wattage (Amp x Volt = Watt) (10A x 12V = 120W) is 120W for example, the inverter’s current draw from socket cannot exceed the specified rating. A short circuit (blown fuse) may ensue.
To remedy the situation, use a direct connection from the battery’s positive (+) post/terminal with an in-line fuse of the same amperage as, or higher than the inverter’s fuse amperage. Use the car chassis as ground (–). If you are not technically inclined, have an expert/professional/technician do the installation for you.
Simply put, if the cigarette lighter fuse amperage is 10A, the inverter’s fuse amperage should be 10A or less. If the inverter fuse amperage is 15A, it cannot be run off the lighter socket. Instead, run it directly off the battery with specifically rated in-line fuse, socket and gauged (AWG)* wire.
if an inverter is run off the car battery, restart the car from time to time to recharge the battery.
On the market for an inverter? Compare and contrast specifications, follow manufacturer’s instructions and warnings. See table below for illustrations.
Inverters A and B are virtually identical in every respect, except for two specifications: Peak Surge Power (225W vs 300W) and No Load Current Draw (0.2A vs 0.15). The inverter with the higher PSP is better.
WARNING: Keep inverter and electrical/electronic devices out of children’s reach. Improper use of an inverter can literally result in death from electrocution. Inserting one’s finger into the Universal AC-DC Power Adapter Converter‘s receptacle will result in electric shock. Unplug when not in use. Cover cigarette lighter receptacle when not in use.
Cell Phones Are Not Just Fancy Electronic Gadgets
Cell phones are not mere useful fancy electronic gadgets. When shopping for one, a cell phone’s SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) should be taken into consideration. The lower the SAR, the better. When using a cell phone, It’s advisable to do so with the headset (or similar devices) that comes with it, to minimize the body’s exposure to radiation. Children’s exposure to cell phones should be at best avoided. As a concerned parent, if you are debating whether to limit or restrict your child’s cell phone use, It would be wise to read:
- Developing the Child Brain- Children Endangered by Cell Phone Radiation (Child’s Genius Magazine)*
If you want to dig deeper into Electromagnetic Radiation and Environmental Health and Risks, these two excellent respective websites are worth exploring:
- ehtrust.org (Save the Girls: Environmental Health Trust Reminds Women to Make the Bra a “No Phone” Zone)
This video is shown as a public service. You decide.
Cell Phone Towers And Antennas Location
Curious as to the number and location of Towers and Antennas in your neighborhood within a certain radius? Just key in your Street Address, City, State and Zip Code at the following website:
In today’s frantic-paced life, we can hardly imagine a world without cell phones, please read netTALK vs MagicJack: The winner is.. for alternatives to cell phones whenever possible. Bottom line: Use cell phones responsibly.
Specific Absorption Rate
According to Wikipedia, Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is a measure of the rate at which energy is absorbed by the body when exposed to a radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic field. As indicated by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), SAR is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg). For more information on Specific Absorption Rate and Radio Frequency Safety respectively:
Ideal Power Inverter
The latest electronic gadgets (Ipods, MP3 Players, Cameras, Cell Phones, TVs, etc.) tend to be USB- powered or interfaced . Therefore, an ideal inverter would have the following essential features: Pure Sine Wave, Reasonable Peak Surge Power (2 t0 3 x Continuous Use), Overload Protection, USB port(s), AC receptacle(s), and DC receptacle(s). If you cannot afford a Pure Sine Wave Inverter, settle for a Modified Sine Wave one.
Always crack open the car window(s) when inverter is in use, or charging a Powerpack Jump Starter from the car’s cigarette lighter socket, to allow for heat and gas dissipation.
Absent a home charger, you can use either a car charger, plugged into a Universal AC-DC Power Adapter Converter‘s socket; or a compact Solar Charger (with optional/standard accessories and adapters) with internal rechargeable battery to charge your phone.The solar panel’s rechargeable battery will serve as an additional or external source of power for your energy- depleted cell phone.
A cell phone can also be solar-charged at home or at work (the office) by exposing a Solar Charger to the light output (lumens), as you would charge a solar calculator.
When shopping for a Solar Charger, a scrutiny of the technical specifications is of utmost importance to suit your need. See table below, please.
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Based on the preceding comparative and contrasting technical specifications, while Solar Charger A is a good investment, Solar Charger B turns out to be a better value: more wattage, more amperage, a better rechargeable battery with greater energy storage capacity.
A Solar Charger can also be used to trickle charge your car battery. Never again will you experience a dead (drained) battery due to energy depletion by ticking clock and dormant alarm system, after prolonged parking. Just display a Solar Charger on top of your car’s dashboard for solar exposure through windshield, plug it (Solar Charger) into the car’s cigarette lighter socket, and crack open the windows for ventilation (if hot); for solar panels are less efficient in hot weather. See illustrative photo below.
How To Charge A Cell Phone With A Solar Powered & Crank Radio Set
Did you know that a cell phone can also be charged from a Solar Powered and Crank Radio Set?
Yes it can be done. Here is how to proceed:
- Plug one end of the telephone car charger into the cell phone.
- Plug the other end (male) of the car charger into (female) the Universal Car Adapter.
- Plug the other extremity of the Universal Car Adapter (male) into a Solar Powered and Crank Radio Set receptacle (female), and
- Hand crank the Radio Set. Your cell phone will be charged in so doing (see illustrative photo below). Wanna save money on your energy bill?
Unplug your Home Phone Charger or Universal AC-DC Power Adapter Converter when not in use. If plugged into a surge protector outlet with individual switches, turn off the switch(es). It’s a strategy to save energy (money) on phantom or vampire loads.
Last, but not least, your cell phone can be charged from a Powerpack Jump Starter, which can be used as a back up source of power/energy in the event of a blackout. Powerpack Jump Starter should be charged at all times (from either a cigarette lighter socket, solar panels, or household current).
If you plan on traveling aboard where the availability of 24/7 electricity might be an issue (unreliable grid), forward thinking would dictate that you arm yourself with the following prior to your departure: Solar Panel, Car Charger, Crank Radio Set, Universal Car Adapter, Home Charger, Car USB Charger, and Power Inverter for alternative means of charging your Cell Phone. Remember: An ounce of foresight is worth a pound of hindsight!
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If the aforementioned suggestions and advices were to be heeded and adhered to, a dead cell phone battery would be a thing of the past.
Some initial investments in hardware are indeed required to take advantage of these wonderful energy and money saving tips and free ideas. The resulting free energy is a return on, or dividend from initial investments (Return On Investment_ROI) . Once made, the rest is all gravy (free energy). Enjoy!
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*AWG: American Wire Gauge