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Hand cranked emergency power

FreePlay solar powered hand cranked radio

I've had this hand cranked radio since I got it at a post Y2K clearance sale.

It comes in handy for power failures like on Monday. Just crank it 50 times and you've got about 20 minutes of radio.

The solar cell needs direct sun and does not charge a battery.

A bonus feature is a DC out jack that allows something small and external to run off the powerful spring winder.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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