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Alternatives to Batteries

Power outage? Here's an outlet-free way to revive your dead device.

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This story appears in the May 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Your cell phone/smartphone/BlackBerry has become an indispensable part of your workday. But how long can you talk between charges? A full day? No way. And entrepreneurs often find themselves out of the office for most of the day--or several days in a row.

A new approach to an age-old problem (well, as old as cell phones, anyway) is Turbo Chargefrom Voxred International. It's a low-cost way to gain virtually unlimited power for your cell--one AA alkaline at a time. Not much larger than a single AA itself, the $20 Turbo Charge comes with your first battery and an adapter for your phone. Additional adapters are $3 each, or pay $25 for a Turbo Charge with a whole set of adapters and a carrying pouch ($48 gets you two chargers and two sets of adapters).

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