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Jan 12

The Most Useful Product at CES Also Happens to Be Low-Tech and Cheap

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The many horror movie victims who ignored our advice to “Run!” “Turn around!” or “Don’t enter an isolated cabin, forest, or rural Texas town with a low cell battery!” finally have a better chance of survival. A phone that relies on a single AA battery for power debuted at CES 2012 Show in Las Vegas this week.

Xpal Power (the same company behind Energizer batteries and PowerSkin) created this phone specifically for emergencies in which you have no electricity or your primary phone died or disappeared. Add the WaterBlock coating, and this phone will even be impervious to water. Keep it in your car or stick it in your backpack before a weekend hike and rest assured it will stay charged for up to 15 years (if unused) with an Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA Battery (included).

You can pre-program important phone numbers for easy to access to visitor, travel, and emergency services and talk up to 10 hours on that single battery. It’s probably the most low-tech item at CES 2012 and the cheapest at $50, but the most reassuring item to put in your car, give to your kids, or bring with you on a trip in the backcountry.

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