Need a makeshift amp for your phone?

Last weekend we went to a state park and took everything (I’d hoped for camping but whatever.) I mean we’re talking six hundred pounds of drinks, food, clothing, tech, and we were everything wrong with the idea of going into a dark skies park to look at the stars. What we didn’t bring was a Bluetooth speaker, or any sort of speaker options, and after the kids went to bed (cabin, awesome, not camping) on a hot night in a state park with a burn ban looking at the stars, we wanted some music.

Oven amp

TL;DR – look at the picture, grab one of those and see if it works for you – kitchen claw from Dollar General we think.

I had my phone with me, and on that phone I had some FLACs I use for audio testing but man, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is not spectacular in the music playing arena and as such it sounded like a quiet, tinny beast as I tried getting some of my favorite (and only, there was no cell signal,) music to play.

Inspired by a story from a Steve Jobs book, I looked around for something I could use as a natural amplifier, didn’t see anything, and ended up sticking my phone while playing into the above kitchen-claw just to set it somewhere. Lo and behold, silicone kitchen claw brought the amp.

Also evidently crows like David Bowie’s older music, but that’s unrelated.

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Scene from the trip (yeah, I used that Sandmarc filter)
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Paul E King

Paul King started with GoodAndEVO in 2011, which merged with Pocketables, and as of 2018 he's evidently the owner. He lives in Nashville, works at a film production company, is married with two kids. Facebook | Twitter | Donate | More posts by Paul | Subscribe to Paul's posts

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