The world's first Steampunk iPod charger

Crank up your tunes away from all civilization
Crank up your tunes away from all civilization

Should you ever find yourself on that proverbial desert island and you want to fire up your iPod and while away the hours until help arrives (hopefully), you're in luck. The world's first Steampunk iPod charger is here.

A rather inventive fellow named Thomas recently got the bright idea to hook up a Lego Technic Motor to a Jensen #75 steam engine via a rubber band to make a crude generator. (These are things you should look into if you're plannig on an extended stay on that desert island.)

From there, Thomas built a 5V regulator circuit and soldered in a female USB connection to power any USB device. Since he wanted to use it to charge his iPod, he put in a diode and a .5 amp fuse to provide some circuit protection. (Pretty smart, huh? Go ahead and way it - it's genius!)

As you can see from the video below, the finished product works like a charm.

Good one, Thomas. Somebody give this guy a job in the Energy Department. (Thanks, Steampunk Workshop.)

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.