So I was inspired by this iPod charger
posted by TJ Roshan - and I thought 'I can do that with the power connectors I have around the house and in my car.' So here is what I created to charge my iPod (or any USB chargeable divice).
These were components which I had - I simply had not put them together this way. First an Apex hand crank radio / flashlight ($14US). As you can see this flashlight actually came with a attachment that allows one to charge external devices using a "cigarette lighter" type attachment (see detail picture below).
I plugged a Griffin PowerJolt Dual Universal
($15US) USB adapter (an adapter I purchased for my car) into that device. From there I can plug any USB connector and charge any USB device that I own. In fact I can charge two devices at one time. This is great because I own a few. As you can see I attached my iPod and it worked. Here is how I know it worked.
The battery on the iPod that I connected was complete drained (it would not turn on). I plugged the iPod in and cranked the crank for five minutes. I then played music on the iPod to find out how long it would play with only five minutes of effort on my part. The iPod played for 1hour and 25minutes on the charge! Very nice.