Pedal the K-Tor Power Box generator as you would a bicycle for 20 watts of output to charge phones, tablets, small laptops, and external batteries on camping trips, in emergency situations, or wherever you need some extra juice.
Why We Love It
Power Box is built using the same design as the K-TOR Pocket Socket, featured on Grand St. as an essential for the survival technique junkie on your shopping list. Power Box ups the ante on its little sibling’s output, producing 20 watts versus the Pocket Socket’s 10. Power Box is lightweight and portable, folding to 12 x 5.5 x 3.5 inches and weighing just over 4 pounds. This shoebox-sized generator is a perfect addition to emergency and survival kits while camping, or stashed in the trunk of your car.
Power Box is a vision of efficiency – it uses good, old-fashioned exercise to convert generator output into 120 volts of DC power. If this seems high, you’re right – check out K-TOR’s patent to see how the magic is made. The Power Box features a convenient universal outlet (so you can leave your converters at home while traveling the world), and its usage extends far beyond that of traditional generators. Instead of limited to phone chargers and other USB devices, the Power Box can juice any AC-powered device that requires less than 20 watts, including laptop chargers and external batteries. Simply plug your electronics into Power Box and pedal as if you were on a bicycle. It’s comfortable and fun to engage, and is designed for continuous use while sitting. You can push the pedals with your feet or hands, but the real idea is to go hands-free while “cycling”, making it easy to do other things when charging your goods. After all, that wooden duck isn’t going to carve itself.
Why We Love It
When you’re running out of power on your laptop, camera, or phone, selling your soul to the devil seems like a fair trade for a charge. Luckily there’s no need for Faustian transactions thanks to Power Box, a portable way to power up anywhere. We test-ran Power Box in a few different locations, and while it isn’t necessarily ideal for use on hardwood floors due to occasional slippage, it’s perfect for grass and dirt. Once it warms up around here, we plan on taking Power Box to every camping destination as a reliable backup charging solution (and a bit of a workout, too).
We love the concept of using physical output for electronic charge, particularly when it’s an emergency source. Cycling the Power Box is decent exercise, fun, and easy to sustain while powering all of our devices. It’s compact and relatively lightweight, which is truly astounding considering how much power it, and our quads, are able to produce.