“Emergency Phone” charges from single AA battery

Posted at 6:45 AM, Jan 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-08 06:46:30-05

Las Vegas, NV (WTVR) - Among the high tech TV's, video game systems and tablet computers being unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a decidedly low-tech gadget is gaining a lot of attention. The newest version of the SpareOne--an emergency cell phone that can run for up to 10 hours on a single AA battery--was unveiled.

The original SpareOne has been for sale for more than a year, but the SpareOnePlus rolls out a few new features, including GPS technology that can track someone down during emergencies. The phones also allow you to pop in your primary cell's sim card so you can use your regular phone number. The phone's creator says the product would come in really handy in the wake of natural disasters like super-storm Sandy--that left many in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut without power for weeks.

The SpareOne plus isn't for sale just yet, but the original phone is available to purchase on the company's website, and retails for $99.