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

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.

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

Related phones

iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

2. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 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 :)

4. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

13. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

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

8. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

5. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

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

6. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

My Note 2 is having a good laugh right now.

7. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

that's the tech our flashlight is using.

9. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Hand crank is for undeveloped countries not USA or Europe.

14. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

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

15. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

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

10. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

why not take this and strap it to your back?

11. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

12. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

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