DIY Flashlight Power Generator

Knowing how to improvise is an important survival skill. Check out this DIY Video on how to turn a hand crank flashlight into a mini power generator that can power your cell phone or small radios.

Now I know that they sell gizmo’s that do this already, but the point of the video is to show you what you can do with a little bit of work. Knowing how to do little jobs like this can not only help you make do with what you already have, but they are an essential skill for the self-reliant lifestyle.


  1. hermitjim
    January 25, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Now that is a very good idea…thanks for sharing it!

  2. kross10c
    April 10, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    there was a very cheap hand cranked flashlight sold by walmart that had a plug in and assorted adapters for charging diffrent types of phones and other devices.

  3. Vin
    March 19, 2010 at 8:19 am

    I am going to do that tonight.

  4. Lorn
    June 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    That was really cool…thanks for sharing!

  5. Skip
    August 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I found a very cool lantern at a garage sale it is rechargable by ac or hand crank, has two light settings, is an am/fm/weather radio with an auto weather alert setting and has a dc outlet that accepts all those auto chargers. I love this thing, I bring it on boat trips, bike runs, and keep it plugged in at home for the weather alerts. Best I can tell, It’s made by Power on board.

  6. PyrateJoe
    August 24, 2011 at 2:59 am

    That was very cool and simple. I’m sure I will make my own tonight. I just have to regulate it to successfully charge my Iphone.

  7. Vanessa Pruitt
    September 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    This is a very good DIY project for a beginner like me. I wonder how well it would power a weather radio for emergencies?

  8. Jarhead 03
    September 19, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Radio Shack has a Red Cross version that includes: hand crank and solar charger with a USB port, AM/FM/NOAA, flashlight. The average cell phone can be charged for one minute use with five minutes of hand cranking or 8-9 hours in sunlight for a full cell phone charge.

    Another handy device is a car charger that accepts wall socket cords and USB. You can charge phones, lap tops if you keep a flash drive of your survival prep and planning binder, batteries etc.

  9. Robbie Eagle
    September 25, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Great info. thanks.American creativity.

  10. robby
    February 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    You can use a cheap yard windmill or old box fan ,any car alternator…the smaller the better and an old extension coed to power a 12 volt battery also.basicallythe props are connected to the shaft , when the wind blows it makes it turn on which produces 12 volts dc. Turn it on its side and have the props in a running water source and it works too….

  11. Nancy
    May 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

    That was very interesting, Thanks for sharing.

  12. Brian
    July 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Solar lights(like you use for the front of your house)are a must!Leave them out all day then bring them in at night.You will never burn your house down with them.They will last longer than a candle or a battery.Put them in a glass cup to hold them.

    • Donna
      November 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Great thinking Brian, will remember this one!!

  13. Rabid Cat
    March 6, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    This could prove a most worthwhile bit of information. Good job.

  14. mike
    November 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    The guy’s voice and how he emphesizes FREE makes it sound like an infomercial.

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