The Giz Wiz and Inside MAD

Episode 1107 (1:57:59)

Dick DeBartolo

Dickie D is back and Leo is very thrilled to be featured in the October 2014 issue of Mad Magazine along with Lisa and a bunch of TWiT Staffers! This week's gadget is the Champ Survival Sidekick is an 8-in-1 Multi-tool and flashlight. In a single device that looks like a flashlight you’ll have these eight emergency tools ready when you need them: Glass breaker and seatbelt cutter. Hand crank and a USB connector for emergency mobile device charging. A 3 LED flashlight. Red flashing distress light and a magnetic base to hold in place on a car or any metal object. There’s also a barebones compass, but hopefully you’ll have your smart phone or GPS for direction. The hand crank can charge pretty much any phone, but you’ll need the specific USB cable that came with your phone to do that. The Champ Survival SideKick is available in black or white. Includes USB to micro cable for charging the internal rechargeable battery. The hand crank can keep your phone running, but I doubt if it will fully charge it. The internal battery is just 550 mAh and there’s just so much hand cranking you’ll feel like doing. Under $25 on Amazon and it’s Amazon Prime, so free shipping if you’re a member. (Price as of 8/7/14) (There’s also a model with a built-in NOAA Radio, for about $50.)