Nursing your smartphone’s short battery life can be a real nightmare when waiting to be rescued after your car breaks down. But, with Xpal Power (the company behind Energizer and PowerSkin) that may not be much of a problem. They have developed the SpareOne, a super-cheap phone that runs from a single AA Battery and will reputedly maintain its charge for up to fifteen years.
The dual-band GSM phone is designed for emergencies, transmitting its location alongside its call ID, or as a loaner phone for big corporate events. You’ll get an Energizer AA battery and a microSIM in the bundle which will set you back $49.99 when it arrives at some point this quarter. At that price, we can imagine throwing a few in the trunk for breakdowns, when we’re doing our Bear Grylls routine, or during the Robopocalypse.