How many times have you desperately needed to charge your cell phone, but you can”t seem to find a power source? External batteries for cell phones can cost you up to $1,000 (yes, really), and sometimes simple hacks like turning off notifications just aren”t enough. Thomas, a 16-year-old from Romania, was sick of ending up with a dead phone after long bike rides. Using his tech-savvy skills, he made the coolest phone charger ever with an old computer fan and a cell phone battery…plus a few pieces only the most advanced inventors can pronounce. Check out his awesome invention below.
To make the phone charger, he used basic tools like a glue gun, a soldering iron, a wire cutter, and electrical tape.
He also used some old things he had around the house like an old cell phone battery and a CPU fan. In addition to the simple parts, he used transistors and germanium diodes.
He had to switch the power in the fan from alternating current to direct current. You might remember these terms from science class…or from a pretty famous rock group.
With a little bit of fancy soldering…
…Plus an old cell phone battery…
The technical construction of the wind turbine charger was finished.
To finish off the project, he waterproofed the charger with electrical tape.
All that was left to do was take it for a spin.
This DIY project makes me wish I had the awesome technical skills to create something like this, but since I have no idea what a germanium diode is, I”ll stick with glitter and hot glue for the time being.