I've recently become interested in creating power and light in the event that there is a long-term electrical outage; here's some of my search
[Mods, I will be providing links to products and devices, if this is against ATS rules please remove the thread (and not me!). I do not gain anything,
commission, etc from any of these devices.]
The Pedal-a-watt stationary bike stand.
Very simple, just throw a bike on this stand and you can have pretty significant, versatile electrical power.
The Freeplay Jonta hand-held "torch" [flashlight]
"Wind it for 30 seconds and get 10 mins worth of light. Wind it for 40 min and get a full 24 hours! "
"It burns an efficient 1 Watt LED, which gives similiar output to a standard incandescent bulb but lasts 100,000 hours and has no delicate
The Koolatron Dynamo 3 LED Emergency light
The search results were more like late night TV ads for this product but it seems to be a nice find.
"does not contain batteries or breakable bulbs and gives you up to 30 minutes of power by winding the handle for just one minute."
Solar Power Torch Lamp
This small backyard type lamp is solar powered (duh...) and uses an LED so no replacement bulbs needed.
Seemed a little expensive at around $25
There seem to be myriad designs of emergency lamps that use LEDs so no extra bulbs needed, and dynamo so no batteries needed. I saw devices from $4
USD to over $50.
It would be great to hear people's personal recommendations on lighting and electricity products. Or links if this has been discusssed in-depth
[edit on 27-4-2009 by notreallyalive]