CES 2013: SpareOne Emergency Mobile Phone Can Help Save Lives

By Surojit Chatterjee email: s.chatterjee@mobilenapps.com | Jan 07, 2013 10:34 AM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

2013 International CES (or CES 2013) got underway, Sunday, Jan. 6, with CES Unveiled, where one of the displayed honorees of Innovations Awards was SpareOne, an emergency mobile phone that runs on a single AA battery.

Follow us

SpareOne, a recipient of the CES Design and Innovation 2013 award for the 'Tech for a Better World' category, is a unique handset in the sense that it can run on a single AA battery. In fact, it's the only handset in the world that can run on AA battery and there's a good reason for that - it's supposed to save human lives and is being pitched as an emergency mobile phone.

"SpareOne is the ultimate emergency, safety and communication device in the absence of power or during natural disasters," its maker XPAL Power Inc. said.

The device features a dedicated 911 dial button and can be used without a SIM card. A SIM card can also be inserted for the user to dial any of the 9 pre-set speed dial numbers. SpareOne supports dual band GSM 850/1900 MHZ or GSM 900/1800 MHZ.

SpareOne has been designed as a weather-proof device as it operates in extreme temperatures of -22F to 140F. It also comes with a talk-through re-sealable, floatable, 1 meter submersible waterproof bag with humidity-proof seal.

The emergency mobile phone has a torchlight that can provide 24 hours of continuous white LED light and boasts of 15 years of battery life (when unused) or 10 hours of talk time (while in use) or 30 days of stand by time.

 XPAL Power also introduced SpareOnePlus, the successor of SpareOne, at CES Unveiled. SpareOnePlus comes with all the features of SpareOne and more - it boasts of a cell ID location-based service through a free smartphone app, which offers information such as messages/call history and geolocation, and features an audible numeric feedback that communicates more intuitively with the user.

Both SpareOne and SpareOnePlus measure (h x w x d) 4.3x2.9x0.9 inches (194x118x23mm) and weigh 2.64oz (75g). Alkaline or Lithium AA battery is recommended. The battery is replaceable.

SpareOne comes in white and red colors while SpareOnePlus is available in silver and black colors. SpareOne's officially priced at $99.99 but if you look around, you'll get it for around $50. A word of advise - better to get hold of one because you never know when you'll need it.

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

© 2013 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Featured Video : Ericsson Announces World-Leading Launches Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2014

Join Our Conversation

Smartphones
Shazam for iOSApple to integrate Shazam into iOS 8, allowing users to ask Siri what’s playing?
Sony PlayStation 4 on the rise: Seven million units sold, future update hinted
Amazon’s upcoming 3D smartphone leaks in first images, with more spec details
Google: All Glass spots claimed in Explorer Program after April 15 one-day sale following KitKat update
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Gadgets
Amazon LogoAmazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC LogoHTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google DowntimeGoogle blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Chrome Remote Desktop app for AndroidChrome Remote Desktop for Android now available for free from Google Play
Adobe Lightroom mobile hits the iPad, coming soon to iPhones
Apple updates Mac iWork for iCloud suite – What’s new in Pages, Numbers and Keynote?
Microsoft launches Office for iPad, makes Office Mobile free on Android and iPhones
Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps