Gear Review: The Pocket Socket

You are out in the woods and you need to call home to let your family know that you are well. You grab your cell phone and the battery level indicator says you have 30 percent battery left. You forgot you used it to take pictures of the captivating views you saw during your hike. So what do you do? There are a few options as having a spare battery (if your phone has a removable one), or a case which contains an external battery. The other option would be a solar powered charger, which could be very costly in some cases and not as dependable as the weather would dictate your ability to use it. Have you ever thought about a human powered charger?

Pocket Socket

Box, Band, And Instructions

This is where the Pocket Socket from K-TOR comes into play. The Pocket Socket is a hand crank generator that generates up to 10 watts of electricity. I was intrigued by the concept so I felt that we needed to put it to a real-life test. If you have been prepping for any length of time, you know that you depend on your gear to perform when needed. I know our readers don’t put items in their bug out bags that they cannot count on. Whether backpacking or leaving your home in an emergency, there is no room for subpar gear.

When I first inspected the Pocket Socket, I was a little taken back by the size. This was because I didn’t fully understand the unit’s purpose. Stick with me a bit and I will explain. Inside the box is the Pocket Socket, printed instructions, and a large rubber band wrapped around the handle of the socket. You will notice the printed instructions do say “Read Before Operating”, which I would highly suggest. It is also recommended that you watch the online demonstration video prior to using the Pocket Socket. I feel this will answer a lot of your questions and give you a visual as to how the device truly operates. After reading and watching, it was time to get this to a field test.

You will notice the device is a little heavy, but yet it folds up well and does not take up too much space in your pack. Just make sure you

Ready to make electricity!

Ready to make electricity!

don’t lose the large rubber band as it has another purpose other than keeping the Pocket Socket shut when not in use. I will explain this in a minute. Now keep in mind that you will need to bring your wall charger for whatever device you need to keep charged as the Pocket Socket uses the standard electrical socket found in every American home. This is awesome as most devices use a USB connector in which this would require some folks to have to buy one separately. Kudos to K-TOR for making that happen. You will see that the Pocket Socket is designed to charge any portable, rechargeable device that is under 10 watts. And yes, this includes the portable Apple products such as iPad’s, iPhone, and the iPods. Now for the field test.

So I was on top of the mountain and wanted to give the battery in my iPhone 4 a little life. As in the instructions, I connected my charger and used the rubber band to keep it attached to the Pocket Socket. As I stated earlier, the rubber band serves another purpose; it allows for the user to get a solid grip on the device and you are cranking it. I began to crank it and presto, my iPhone was charging. But then it stopped. Why? Because I wasn’t cranking fast enough. The instructions say that you need to crank it at a minimum of 2 revolutions per second, so there was the issue. While it took a few minutes to get oriented to cranking the device, I was able to obtain a charge on my iPhone’s battery. The instructions suggest that you rest after 3 to 5 minutes of continuous cranking. I would highly suggest it. If you need to, you can pass it off to someone with you to crank while you rest. So with about 10 to 15 minutes, I had enough battery power to make a phone call. This would be golden in a life or death situation. Just to make sure the company’s claims were correct, we tried this on an HTC smartphone and obtained the same results.

Earlier I said that I misunderstood the Pocket Socket due to the weight and size. It is because we are used to ultra lightweight and super compact gadgets. The truth is this is a portable generator. It is not a backup battery, but is a hand held generator. You can create electricity in the palm of your hand. Its rugged construction seems to give it the ability to withstand the abuse you may put it through. The Pocket Socket is worth its weight in gold when you have no electricity available. Solar powered devices are great, but do require sunlight in order to operate and this is where the Pocket Socket fills the gap. Trouble doesn’t only come during the daytime.

Pros:

  • Easy to operate
  • Universal connection
  • Durable
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Size
  • Charging time

Now don’t take the cons as negative. We are always candid with our readers as you all depend on these items, and with some folks being new to self reliance and “off-the-grid”, the luxuries are missed. This is a generator and acts as such. The Pocket Socket performed as advertised and lived up to our expectations. We didn’t experience any malfunctions or problems with the device. It provided the electricity we needed.

In conclusion; the Pocket Socket should be considered a part of your backpacking, bug out, or get home bags. Kudos to K-TOR for the innovative idea and we look forward to seeing more from them. The MSRP for the Pocket Socket is $59.95, and it can be purchased through K-TOR’s website. This is a fair price for a piece of mind while you are out and about. Have fun and stay safe everyone!

 

-SP

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