We’ve all been there with a dead iPhone. There are a lot of battery options out there, including some that are built right into a case. All of these solutions require previous charging prior to leaving your home.
Start-up company Ampware is attempting to change all that by borrowing an old solution for this problem.
Ampware launched its Indiegogo campaign today for the CrankCase, which puts a literal crank right on your iPhone so that you can manually provide power in case of a dead battery. This iPhone 6 case uses a patent pending design, which includes a pop-up hand crank, built-in USB sync/charging cable and a second USB port for charging other accessories. The crank also doubles as a kickstand, as well.
According to the Indiegogo product page, CrankCase will provide 40 minutes of talk time after one minute of hand-cranking. Ampware states that it also has an output of 500mA to any attached device.
The CrankCase is currently available for pledging with an early bird price of $49, with an estimated ship date of October.
Crank Your Phone Back to Life: Ampware Introduces CrankCase
BATON ROUGE, La., March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Ampware (www.getampware.com) today announces the launch of CrankCase, a smartphone case with an integrated hand-crank generator. Taking technology back to the basics, Ampware utilizes compact electric generators to produce energy to power your mobile devices.
Designed for any situation where you might not have access to mains power, CrankCase’s patent pending device allows for convenient use. Users can utilize CrankCase wherever there isn’t easy access to outlets or traditional chargers.
“After Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, we realized that staying connected with loved ones in disasters is almost impossible without power,” said Mark Gabriel, co-founder of Ampware. “We designed CrankCase to be reliable so you don’t have to worry about having a car charger or wall outlet to power your mobile device. In an emergency, you can always generate enough power to stay connected with your family and friends.”
With CrankCase, one minute of cranking can give a user 40 minutes of talk time. The CrankCase will be designed for popular smartphone models, but will be launched for iPhone 5/5S and 6 for pre-order now. However, Ampware will also have CrankBox, which can charge any mobile device through a micro-USB connection.
CrankCase and CrankBox are now available at an early-bird price for $49 and $29 respectively on Indiegogo. For more information about Ampware, visit www.getampware.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Ampware is assembled in USA.
Founded in 2014, Ampware (www.getampware.com) is an innovative brand set on redefining the way consumers use mobile power accessories. Focused on bringing technology back to the basics, Ampware integrates hardware, firmware and industrial design for an unparalleled product experience. Motivated by helping others, every Ampware product serves a unique purpose, creating solutions for people in times when they need help most. Stay powered with Ampware through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.