4 Best Electricity-Free iPhone Speakers

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Migrated Image / Anatoliy Omelchenko YouTube screencapture 

Well -- you, dear readers, have made it clear that when it comes to speakers for the iPhone, you prefer electricity-free options. When we posted about the iBamboo speaker two weeks ago, the campaign had only raised about $1,500. Our post about the super eco-friendly speaker took off like wildfire on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media networks. With 10 days still left on the Kickstarter campaign, the iBamboo speaker has not only hit its goal of $10,000 but surpassed it, hitting over $16,200. It's clear you love electricity-free speakers, so here are a few of the best designs we've seen so far.


Inventor Anatoliy Omelchenko's bamboo speaker is essentially a 1-foot length of bamboo with a slot carved out of the top for the iPhone to snuggle into. The sound reverberates through the pipe and amplifies the tunes you're listening to. And that's about all there is to this simple speaker -- and it seems to work quite well if you listen to the video. You can still place a pre-order or back the project on Kickstarter for another 10 days.

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Tristan Zimmerman ScienceAndSons / Facebook.com 


Lloyd pointed out the Phonophone to us back in December as a great option for a stylish speaker. "The designers at Science and Sons have done a terrific job of value engineering the Phonophone; I think it looks more elegant and appears to work even better than the original; they claim that 'This clever device amplifies the volume emitted from an iPhone internal speaker roughly 4x (approx. 60 decibels).'"

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Jim Simon / Koostick.com


Jim Simon's Koostik offers a more compact look, made out of a chunk of wood. It doesn't work quite as well as iBamboo, and it's definitely more resource-intensive as bamboo is more renewable than the walnut, cherry, or birdseye maple the Koostik is made from. But this might suit your style better than the simplistic iBamboo.

ipod speaker from trumpet photo
Christopher Locke / HeartlessMachine.com


The work of Christopher Locke is like a more retro, DIY, steampunk version of the Phonophone. The speakers are made from salvaged trumpets and machine parts. Comprised of brass, steel, and stainless steel, the Analog Tele-Phonographer pieces are going to for $400. These clever designs are more than just steampunk-style speakers -- they're also functional. Just listen: