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Those of us around the TUAW newsroom are always looking for alternative power sources for our gadgets because we are so dependent on them. Whether it’s because of a transformer failure down the street, a widespread outage due to a hurricane, or just because we’re nowhere hear a power plug, the TUAW team loves to write about these little generators. There are solar iPhone cases and twig-fueled cookstoves that put out enough juice to keep you going, and now there’s the Eton BoostTurbine 2000 (US$ 59.99).
As much as I like the name of this unit, I think the folks at Photojojo have a better name for it — The Crankerator. That’s what powers this sturdy aluminum box; an external hand crank that pops out and lets you (or your kids) charge an internal 2000 mAh battery pack.
You can build up some amazing arm muscles while charging the BoostTurbine; a minute of cranking will provide about 30 seconds of power for your phone. Unless you’re really bored or extremely desperate, you probably won’t use the crank to charge the BoostTurbine up to full capacity. The idea is that before you board Oceanic Flight 815, you’ll plug the BoostTurbine into a computer or some other USB power source using the included USB to micro-USB cable and charge it up.
Then, after you’ve exhausted all of the power and you really want to watch Fringe reruns on your iPad instead of the prattle of your fellow survivors, you can while away the hours turning the crank to charge the battery.
There are four blue LEDs on one end to signify how much charge the battery pack has; pushing down on an inset button for about two seconds activates the LEDs, as does turning the crank.
How much power will your favorite device get from the ol’ Crankerator? That 2000 mAh is enough to charge up an iPhone 5 (1440 mAh battery). The current rating of the device is only 1 amp, so there’s no way that you’ll be able to charge your iPad.
The BoostTurbine weighs just 7 ounces so it’s not going to weigh down your backpack, and as I mentioned earlier it is a solid piece of aluminum. My only concern is that the crank handle — the most critical piece when you’re in the field — is made out of plastic. If it breaks, you can always use your Cast Away skills to fashion a new handle out of tree branches and seashells.
That crank isn’t really that hard to turn once you get it started, but you’ll find that keeping the speed up for a few minutes is a challenge. It would be interesting to adapt one of these to a bicycle or water wheel to make power generation a breeze.
In case you don’t need that full 2000 mAh capacity, there’s a 1000 mAh version of the BoostTurbine available directly from Eton for $ 49.99.
Eton BoostTurbine 2000 charges your phone, builds arm muscles originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sat, 20 Apr 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Coming on the heels of Facebook’s debut of the Google Android-based “Home” app launcher earlier in April, the company is now said to be in talks with Apple to possibly collaborate on such an initiative for the iPhone.
According to a fresh report out of the Far East, Apple’s next-generation “iPhone 5S” could employ a rear-facing camera with an improved 12MP sensor capable of producing high dynamic range images and better nighttime photos.
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How does the wireless internet work on a i-pad or tablet? Is it like a cell phone or does it work off of your?
Question by Fred Freeze: How does the wireless internet work on a i-pad or tablet? Is it like a cell phone or does it work off of your? Is it like a cell phone or does it work off of your house router/internet? We live out in the country where we can not get cable for internet. I hope I can get an i-pad and use it for my internet needs.
We do have HughesNet satellite for our internet. It is slow. I can watch some short video clips on some internet sites.
Any suggestions……i’m tired of having two computers running while i am waiting for one to download, i view the other one.
Answer by ENXOIt depends if you’re getting solely a WiFi model or a WiFi + Cellular model. WiFi is the wireless Internet connection that powers your computers Internet while cellular data functions exactly how data on phones do. If you have no cell service where you live with whatever company you’re using, you will get no data connection. Which means your Internet will not work. But if you have wifi at your house you can connect to that.
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Apple and Samsung’s ongoing international patent struggle took a novel turn in Australian Federal Court on Wednesday, with Samsung’s counsel questioning whether Apple’s claims to “beauty” and “elegance” in its iOS interface is enough to justify an enforceable patent.
According to new findings published on Tuesday, Apple rode strong demand of its new iPhone 5 to sell more handsets in Japan than any other manufacturer during the full 2012 calendar year, a first for the Cupertino, Calif., company.
During President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook was in attendance when his company was mentioned as one of the country’s leading corporations that plans to bring jobs back to America.
Adding to the litany of rumors regarding a forthcoming Apple-branded smartwatch, a new report claims the company has a team of at least 100 designers, including a senior director of engineering, working on the project.
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According to research firm ComScore’s latest report, Apple has reached the #2 spot on the list of most popular mobile phone makers, taking the slot previously held by LG. iPhone users now account for 17.8% of the U.S. mobile market, while LG tags close behind at 17.6%. Samsung still leads all other manufacturers with 26.3% market share, up from 25.6% just three months prior.
Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S III are likely the two biggest factors in both company’s recent gains. Motorola and HTC both rank below LG on the list, accounting for 11% and 6.4% of the market, respectively.
ComScore: Apple ousts LG as second most popular mobile phone maker originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sat, 01 Dec 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.