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This Case Lets You Charge Your iPhone By Hand

Submitted by on March 21, 2013 – 8:27 am3 Comments

Since its invention (way back in 2007), the iPhone has kept heavy users tethered to wall outlets and computer cords to charge the handset. And while cases and accessories have provided additional external power, start-up Gridcase has invented a way for you to power your phone all by yourself. The company recently unveiled plans for the Reactor case, which features a hand crank that pops out of the back and charges your device.

The phone is still just an idea at this point, as the company tries to crowdsource funding. It is expected to retail for $149.

TechCrunch points out that the handcrank probably wouldn’t provide much juice. The company careful words their statement, saying the Reactor would provide  “an all-important power boost when critical data must be retrieved or essential communication becomes necessary”.

So, two minutes of data? Or five, if you really exhaust your arm?

Still, I think this is a good idea, even outside the realm of overactive phone usage. Emergency devices like flashlights and radios have long been available with self-contained hand-powered chargers. Even cell phones now have hand-powered chargers, but making the crank self-contained is even better.

What do you think? Would you buy a Reactor for everyday use?

[via Engadget; image via Gridcase]

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