Reader balders2 shares a clever tip to take advantage of the USB ports available on most HDTVs or video game consoles: Use them to charge your gadgets in a pinch.
Recently the PSU on my computer died. Because I use my computer to charge my phone, I thought that I was stuck with a dead computer AND phone for the night.
I went in search of loose USB ports around the house. First I tried the one on my Toshiba LCD TV, which actually worked. I didn't want to leave my TV on all night [Ed note: to clarify, most TVs need to be turned on to charge via USB; bad for charging overnight, not so bad for charging while you're vegging out in front of the TV), so I tried the port on the back of my Wii. To my surprise that worked, too.
I'm not suggesting this as a permanent fix, but if you're in a jam it works rather nicely.