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New case for the Apple iPhone 5 lets you crank-charge the battery

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New case for the Apple iPhone 5 lets you crank-charge the battery
Imagine this. You're on the road, you need to read a very important email and your job depends on it. So you whip out your Apple iPhone 5 but you heart stops. The battery is dead and there are no outlets available for you to plug in the recharger. All you need is a little power just to read this email and reply to it. Looks like your job really is in jeopardy.

The Reactor case lets you crank your Apple iPhone 5's battery back to health

The Reactor case lets you crank your Apple iPhone 5's battery back to health

While the above sounds like a pretty bad situation, if you had the Reactor case, you could easily re-charge the battery on your Apple iPhone 5 by cranking the handle on the case. Gridcase's Reactor also comes with a small 400mAh cell that will boost the battery on your phone and allows you to crank the cell indefinitely. The only problem is that this case has not yet been produced. In fact, it is being crowdfunded by a site called CrowdSupply which is similar to KickStarter but apparently not as restrictive according to the product's developer Jim Clark. Over the next 44 days, Clark hopes to raise $350,000. So far he has $396 in funding as of Wednesday morning (keep in mind that the page just went up).

A pledge of $99 will get you one of the first 10,000 units, to be shipped in November. And if the funding is successful, you can expect Reactors for other phones as well. Clark says that he picked the Apple iPhone 5 for the first Reactor because of its smaller size compared to the Samsung Galaxy S III. The theory is that by being able to engineer the case for a device the size of the iPhone, Gridcase will more easily be able to build the case for larger phones. Additionally, the large installed base of businessmen using Apple's iconic smartphone also led Clark to select the phone for the first Reactor. The expected retail price will be $149.

If you're interested in funding the Reactor, or for more information, click on the sourcelink.

sourcelink: Reactor via TechCrunch

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posted on 20 Mar 2013, 09:54 9

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5207; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Now this is also called "INNOVATION", not from Apple. :)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 10:14 3

2. bachir8k (Posts: 84; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


OMG, i would like to see iphone users cranking the handle to start-up their phones, same as you starting a 1915 car, hahahahah. Simply buy a phone with a better battery-life :)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 11:07 7

4. quakan (Posts: 1156; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Battery cases/packs are for the power users. Regardless of what phone they have, they always manage to run through the battery power quickly.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 15:46

13. bachir8k (Posts: 84; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Then simply buy a smartphone with a removal-battery, mmmm such GS3 or GS4 :D

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 12:45 7

8. TheMan (Posts: 398; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Actually, the century-old crank seems appropriate, given iOS's ageing UI.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 10:43 1

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6230; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Possibly worse accessory ever. And this guy desperate too raise cash for this? Why not buy solor recharge battery

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 11:09 1

5. quakan (Posts: 1156; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I can't see this catching on in the battery case market.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 11:42 6

6. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1148; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


My Note 2 is having a good laugh right now.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 12:43

7. pwnarena (Posts: 840; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


that's the tech our flashlight is using.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 12:47 3

9. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Hand crank is for undeveloped countries not USA or Europe.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 15:50 1

14. bachir8k (Posts: 84; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


yes it's for the 3rd world poor consumers with a brand new IPhone 5, right???

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 23:42

15. quakan (Posts: 1156; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


It's okay, I don't think he thought that one out all the way.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 13:55 1

10. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


why not take thishttp://www.kickstarter.com/projects/epiphanylabs/epiphany-one-puck
and strap it to your back?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 15:25 1

11. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


If you care that much about battery life just get a RAZR MAXX HD. Talk about going overboard.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 23:28

12. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Given that the OS is more than 5 years old, this accessory suits it well.

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