Gadgets

The Hand-Crank Charge Phone Case

The dreaded dead battery is a constant First World worry these days, but a portable solution could soon be at hand.

The Ampware team has created the new 'Crankcase' - a phone case with a built-in battery and, crucially, an integrated hand-crank power generator. Using efficient, powerful dynamos, it offers a seriously impressive rate of electrical power generation for the effort you put in.

They claim that one minute's crank time can charge a phone for 40 minutes, and just five minutes' will give you an extra three hours of juice.

In addition, using a cable and its USB port, it can be used to power any device; for example, five minutes' cranking will power a tablet for 90 minutes.

As if this wasn't enough, its crank arm can be used as a stand for your phone.

Currently available for iPhone 5, 5S and 6 (with others in development), they're looking to raise $50,000 (£34,000) on Indiegogo - they currently stand at a tenth of that at the time of writing.

Watch the video below and preorder from just $29 (£20), with shipping due in October this year; head here and never fear not being able to take a terrible band photo at a festival ever again.

[via Gizmodo]