6 Clever Ways to Charge Your Devices in a Pinch

Stephanie Buck

1. Drive

If you have a car charger, plug in your device during your next drive to the supermarket. You can find very inexpensive versions compatible with most portable devices on retail sites like . But try to preserve the environment — don't cruise your car just to charge your phone. Kill two birds with one stone and make an errand out of it. Image courtesy of Flickr,

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Millions of people in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. found themselves without power over the weekend when a force of warm, violent storms swept across the area. But rather than unplug completely, residents of the crippled power grid found creative ways to charge up their devices.

We've gathered some of those tips to keep you juiced up for the future. Some require actual gadgets that function on solar or kinetic energy; others will help you find power in unlikely places.

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Have you ever used creative tactics to power your smartphones, e-readers and other devices? Please share your advice in the comments below so others can learn from you.

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