It’s estimated that over 90% of American adults own cell phones while over 70% of the United States land area belongs to rural counties. It is a challenge to charge mobile devices in these remote and rural areas given the lack of access to power sources. This lack of power in remote destinations limits the general use of mobile devices for outdoor enthusiasts, as well as a survival means for all who need access to a portable power generation device, especially in emergency situations. There are other portable generators currently available on the market, but our project wanted to take a different approach. The design and fabrication of a portable hand powered generator, that is lightweight, small, powerful, durable and easy to operate by anyone is the goal of this project.
Brown, Kyle; Butoto, Monique; Cain, Stephen; Corio, Steven; and Stevenson, Brock, "Hand Cranked Generator For Mobile Devices" (2017). Thinking Matters Symposium Archive. 120.