LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – When Sandy hit NYC and New Jersey last year, hundreds of thousands of people were left without power and no way to recharge their iPhones. After the 2,463rd round of Temple Run and your iPhone dies, what are you supposed to do? Talk to people?
Eton’s newest line of portable battery packs will make it possible for anyone to power-up their iPhone even during a diaster. All you need to do is put in a little old fashioned manual labor for a few minutes and you’ll create enough juice to make a short phone call.
The BoostTurbine 1000 comes with a turbine power generator attached to the battery pack, so that when you can’t access an electrical outlet, or experience a power outage, you can still charge your battery. With 1000mAh of power, the battery can boost your battery life up to 50% or so. It’s pretty lightweight, plus it’s made from aluminum to be more durable.
Eton told me that the crank isn’t meant to charge the entire battery because that’d take you a really long-ass time to generate enough electricity – like over 6 hours or something, they guessed. But if you’re in a bind and need to make a quick, 30-second emergency call to your family to inform them that, no, the asteroid that just crashed into New York City barely missed your apartment so you’re fine, then yeah, the BoostTurbine is awesome. It may even save your life during the apocalypse when we’re all breaking Amish.