Solar chargers, while logical are holy impractical, especially once our sun burns out, or at the very least night sets in. If you’re in a pinch, what are you to do?
The Eton BoostTurbine 2000 is a back up battery pack designed to charge just about any of your 5V, USB based devices. Plug in your iPhone or Android device and it should provide a complete or almost complete charge. It’s of the 1amp ilk, which means it can charge your iPad, though at half the speed at which it charges your iPhone, but it will work nonetheless.
What makes the Eton BoostTurbine 2000 unique is that it features a hand turbine power generator, also known as a hand crank. If you didn’t know, Eton employs this tech in a variety of their hand crankable radios, so it’s a logical transition for the company. So if you’re in a pinch, and have no juice left in either your phone or BoostTurbine, you can set about cranking the handle for 1-minute, which will fetch you a 30-second call or a few text messages.
Eton says the BoostTurbine 2000 is made from aluminum to make it both light weight and rugged. The hand crank is clearly intended for those moments when you’re in a pinch, where as the micro-USB input is for charging it up by way of the grid. To check the battery’s remaining juice there is a button that activates 4 LED lights, which we assume also serves as a power switch.
The Eton BoostTurbine is also available in a 1000mAh version and retails for $49 ($10 more for the 2000 version). They come in black, white, red, or silver.