If all the coverage of Sandy and the East Coast power outage has you wondering how you would charge your mobile phone if the electricity were out here for days, let us ask: How would you?
One possible solution for iPhone users: the Plug Battery Charger from the Monrovia design studio and Web store MollaSpace. The Plug is a portable lithium ion battery that recharges Apple devices on the go, without needing a wall outlet.
One end of the Plug is a USB port, so you can power up the device on your home computer or laptop before any outage. The other end is a twin-pronged cover that lifts off to reveal the Apple connector. If the lights go out, you've got a miniature generator ready to go. The Plug can charge iPods to 100% or iPhones to about 30%, the company says.
For more day-to-day-use, the device is small enough to slip into a bag or pocket. Price: $26.
We first reported on the Plug in April, when it was released. It was part of a roundup of amusing office accessories, including dog- and moustache-shaped paper clips and a concrete pen.