Hand Crank Your Phone Back To Life With Eton’s New Battery

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The BoostTurbine 4000 sounds like something out of a surreal Bizarro world where technophiles are simultaneously Luddites.

It’s a battery brick that Eton stuck a hand crank onto; should the 4000 mAh battery ever run dry, a minute of cranking will bring an iPhone flickering back to life with enough juice for a a quick distress call or a few texts.

This is not the first cranky battery from Eton; the BoostTurbine 4000 doubles the capacity of its predecessor, the 2000.

Eton also unveiled two other batteries today, the Boost 8400 and the Boost 4200. As you may have guessed, the Boost 8400 packs, at 8400 mAh, twice the capacity of the Boost 4200. All three batteries are equipped with iPad-charging 2.1 amp USB output ports.

No word on prices yet, but the trio should ship this fall.

  • lwdesign1

    I think this is a terrific idea to keep in the car just in case you’re stranded somewhere with a combination of a dead cellphone battery and a dead car battery. This could mean the difference of connecting with AAA or the police or not. The simple hand crank means you can generate your own electricity at a moment’s notice wherever you are. It’s also a great idea to keep your iPad running for your kids when you’re camping in the middle of a forest or on vacation and a wall outlet is many miles away. Great idea!

  • BrainGameMayhem

    It’s also a great idea to keep your iPad running for your kids when you’re camping in the middle of a forest or on vacation and a wall outlet is many miles away. Great idea!

    I agree with everything you said except the above. Take the kids on a hike and leave the tablets in the car.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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