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Hand-cranked phone charger for disasters, travel, backup

When your phone runs out of power and you’re in a literal or figurative emergency, the feeling of panic can be overcome with a nature-powered charger.

hand crank iphone charger

hand crank iphone charger

Gadget of the year?

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, many people are still without power, and any natural disaster may leave residents in a bad way. One of the worst feelings is being without communication, particularly when help is needed.

Alternatively, having a smartphone without power can simply be a nuisance when traveling, especially at conferences. But accessory manufacturer, Etón has developed a hand-cranked cell phone charger. Etón is a licensed emergency gear maker that has co-branded with the American Red Cross to create the Boost Turbine, a hand-crank device that is a USB jack that produces spurts of energy for critical times – one minute cranking the turbine creates enough energy for 30 seconds of talk time or a few texts. The idea is to create enough energy to call 911 or connect with loved ones.

The BoostTurbine is available online, starting at $50, and a colored case adds another $10. Keep one around the house or car, or ismply packed when traveling for a quick notification in case of emergency.

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