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You never know when a major storm will knock out your power and leave you without juice for your phone. Battery packs like the ones from Mophie will let you charge for a short time, but if you are without electricity long enough, you will have to think outside the box to power your phone. Ham...

March 5th 2013 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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If there's anything that nature teaches us, it's that our highly technological society is just an extended power outage away from complete chaos. Last fall's Hurricane Sandy left many on the East Coast of the US without power for weeks. No power at the home or office means no power for your iPh...

January 21st 2013 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Is your cell phone dead and there's nary an outlet in sight? It's not an issue if you're feeling zesty and also toting a BoostTurbine hand charger, which Eton just announced as part of its new portable charger lineup. The BoostTurbine2000 and 1000 model numbers denote the mAh of the batteries in e...

October 24th 2012 at 11:19am 0 Comments
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You know what kids in developing nations need besides water, vaccines, and schools? MP3 players... and laptops, lots of laptops. Meet the Cranko, at least that's what we're calling it since Thanko's "Cranking MP3 Player" bores us to the point of Wal-marting razor blades. The 1GB capacity player fro...

March 27th 2008 at 4:22am 0 Comments
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Thanks to Walt Mossberg, we know how important it is to keep a crank-powered radio around the house, and now Sony has joined the likes of Eton and Freeplay in offering one of these necessities to its Japanese customers. The ICF-B01 isn't as full-featured as some of the models we've seen -- for inst...

May 10th 2006 at 9:42pm 0 Comments