Sony CycleEnergy USB Charger
Wind up your external battery pack to power your portable devices…
Running out juice when you’re on the go is a something many of us have learned to live with. Fortunately, there’s a slew of companies pushing the envelope to give us the most efficient, and compact external battery packs for your mobile devices.
Sony’s new portable CycleEnergy USB charger offers a new take on portable energy by rolling back the technology and including the option to use a little elbow grease to generate power.
Like most portable battery chargers on the market, Sony’s can also be charged via a wall outlet. But for extreme emergency situations, the CycleEnergy USB charger (CP-A2LAKS) features built-in hand crank, which requires the user to vigorously rotate the handle until enough energy has converted to power your device.
Sony CycleEnergy Portable USB Battery Charger
Don’t expect massive amounts of power from cranking the handle, Sony claims that three minutes of rotating the handle produces about one minute of talk time. But in an emergency situation that could just save someone’s life.
Using AC power to charge the built-in 4,000mAh battery takes just two hours and provides enough power to charge a smartphone twice. Sony has also included dual USB ports so you can charge two devices at the same time.
While possibly not the most efficient way of charging a device on the go, it does overcome many of the problems other portable battery chargers face; long durations of low light and leave solar charges unable to provide juice; fuel cell charges obviously need juice; and rechargeable battery packs are only good if you remember to charge them, and manage to reach and outlet before it’s too late.
The device is set to go on sale in Japan on June 20th and will be priced at around $100.
- Christopher MacManus; Survive with Sony's hand-crank USB charger. Cnet, 05/18/2012.