Pack your emergency kit with crank-powered devices that will allow you access to a radio, a flashlight, and to charge your other electronic accessories.
Crank the hand turbine on this rechargeable weather alert radio for one minute to produce enough power for 15 to 20 minutes of radio use. Its LED flashlight also includes a red flashing beacon for emergencies. A glow-in-the-dark locator makes the FRX3 easy to find.</BR> <strong>Features:</strong> AM/FM radio; alarm clock; auxiliary input for additional audio devices; digital tuner; glow-in-the-dark locator; crank charging; LED flashlight; NOAA weather band radio stations; headphone jack; solar; USB phone charger.</br> <strong>Weight: 1 lb. 5 oz. </br> Dimensions: 6.9” x 5.8” x 2.6” </br> MSRP: $69.99</br> URL: <a target=blank href=http://www.etoncorp.com/en/productdisplay/frx3-american-red-cross>etoncorp.com</a></br> FB: <a target=blank href=https://www.facebook.com/EtonCorp>EtonCorp</a></strong>
Stay in contact with the outside world with the XT511’s built-in 22-channel GMRS two-way radio. It can be powered five different ways, including a hand crank. The XT511 is also equipped with features that include silent operation that mutes all tones for quiet operation and high/low power settings that let you adjust transmit power to conserve battery life.</br> <strong>Features:</strong> 22 channels; 121 privacy codes (Up to 3,144 channel options); NOAA weather alert radio; 5 call alerts; eVOX – 3 sensitivity levels; keypad lock; flashlight; USB connector; 5 power options (4 AA batteries; rechargeable battery pack; dynamo crank; AC adapter, or DC adapter)</br> <strong>Weight: 1 lb. 3.2 oz.</br> Dimensions: 7.25” x 6.38” x 2.75” </br> MSRP: $89.99</br> URL: <a target=blank href=https://midlandusa.com/product/xt511-base-camp/>midlandusa.com</a></br> FB: <a target=blank href=http://www.facebook.com/MidlandUSA>MidlandUSA</a></strong>
The Pocket Socket battery charger’s hand crank will charge any rechargeable device that consumes less than 10 watts of electricity. It features a standard 110-volt outlet that’s ready for most North American devices.</br> <strong>Features:</strong> Generates up to 10 watts at 120 volts; ambidextrous design.</br> <strong>Weight: 15 oz.</br> Dimensions: 2.5” x 2.25” x 6.875”</br> MSRP: $64.95</br> URL: <a target=blank href=https://www.k-tor.com/hand-crank-generator/>k-tor.com</a></br> FB: <a target=blank href=https://www.facebook.com/pages/K-Tor/165259710195003>ktorllc</a></strong>
This compact LED flashlight only needs one minute of hand cranking to provide up to 30 minutes of flashlight power for three LEDs of light, one and a half hours when using one LED, 15 minutes of radio, or 8 minutes of mobile phone usage.</br> <strong>Features:</strong> Flashlight; AM/FM radio; alarm; mobile phone charger; headphone jack</br> <strong>Weight: 9.6 oz.</br> Dimensions: 7” long</br> MSRP: $10.99</br> URL: <a target=blank href=http://www.harborfreight.com/emergency-crank-radio-flashlight-98319.html>harborfreight.com</a></br> FB: <a target=blank href=https://www.facebook.com/harbor.f.tools>harbor.f.tools</a></br> IG: <a target=blank href=https://instagram.com/harborfreight/>@harborfreight</a></strong>
The Power Box is a pedal-powered generator that can be used with your hands or feet. Electrical power is generated by pedaling like you would on a stationary bicycle. Charge your electronic devices or power your laptop or various appliances through its rechargeable battery. The Power Box has a universal outlet that allows you to use power plugs from anywhere in the world. It can be disassembled for compact storage, but its components are not self-contained, so a container is required to keep the parts together.</br> <strong>Features:</strong> Universal pedal-powered electricity generator – produces up to 20 watts; converts the generator output to 120 volts DC with 85 percent efficiency; charges modern cell phones, smart phones and all Apple products.</br> <strong>Weight: 4 lbs. 11 oz. </br> Dimensions: 12” x 5.5” x 3.5” </br> MSRP: $195.00</br> URL: <a target=blank href=https://www.k-tor.com/pedal-powered-generator/>k-tor.com</a></br> FB: <a target=blank href=https://www.facebook.com/pages/K-Tor/165259710195003>ktorllc</a></strong>
This lantern only needs a minute of cranking to provide 20 minutes of bright LED light. With three brightness settings, this portable lantern provides ample illumination where and when you need it, all without batteries. The top of the lamp features a hook for hanging.</br> <strong>Features:</strong> 60 seconds of cranking generates up to 20 minutes of clear light; three modes: dim, bright and super-bright; high-impact ABS housing with aluminum frame and clear thermoplastic lens; can also be charged with a 120V AC/DC adapter (not included).</br> <strong>Weight: 1 lb. 6 oz.</br> Dimensions: 10.5” x 4.875”</br> MSRP: $12.99</br> URL: <a target=blank href=http://www.harborfreight.com/12-led-hand-crank-lantern-96200.html>harborfreight.com</a></br> FB: <a target=blank href=http://www.facebook.com/harbor.f.tools>harbor.f.tools</a></br> IG: <a target=blank href=http://instagram.com/harborfreight>@harborfreight</a></strong>
Aside from a powerful radio that can receive AM, FM, SW1, SW2 and seven weather bands, the KA550 also boasts an AC type brushless generator powered by hand crank.</br> <strong>Features:</strong> 6 power options (dynamo cranking power, solar panel power, aa batteries, rechargeable battery pack, ac adaptor, usb port); 5 led reading lamp; white led flashlight; red led blinking light for emergency alert.</br> <strong>Weight: 1 lb. 3.5 oz.</br> Dimensions: 8.25” x 2.125” x 5”</br> MSRP: $69.95</br> URL: <a target=blank href=http://www.kaitousa.com/KA550.htm>kaitousa.com</a></strong>
Perfect to stuff in a glove box or bug-out bag, the FRX1 is a compact all-purpose, rechargeable weather radio with hand-turbine power-generator capability. It feels solidly built, and one minute of cranking produces enough power for 15 to 20 minutes of radio use.</br> <strong>Features:</strong> AM/FM radio; glow-in-the-dark locator; crank charging; headphone jack; LED flashlight; NOAA weather band radio; available in various colors.</br> <strong>Weight: 8 oz.</br> Dimensions: 5.4” x 2.5” x 2.5”</br> MSRP: $24.99</br> URL: <a target=blank href=http://www.etoncorp.com/en/productdisplay/frx1-american-red-cross>etoncorp.com</a></br> FB: <a target=blank href=https://www.facebook.com/EtonCorp>EtonCorp</a></strong>
Which disasters or attacks are you most concerned about? Natural? Chemical? Biological? Economic? The list is long, but of the numerous threats that we might need to contend with, the one that could possibly disrupt or even shut down modern civilization suddenly and most devastatingly, is arguably the loss of electrical power. Whether you like it or not, we are living in a connected, digital society that is dependent on electricity for everything from preserving our food to communications, security and banking.
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It doesn’t matter if the grid shuts down for the long or short term, locally or nationally; if the power stops, chaos is sure to rear its ugly head. There are plenty of ways our nation’s power grids can go down, including natural disasters or even an electromagnetic pulse attack (think Ocean’s Eleven sans Clooney). Are you prepared for such a disaster?
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We recommend that everyone have an alternative source of electricity or two on hand, such as portable gas-, diesel- or solar-powered generators. Depending on its size, a backup generator can help power major appliances, such as refrigerators, life-saving medical devices and other electronics. With an electrical generator, fuel and other supplies, you will be much better prepared than most to ride out the worst of it. But what if you’re away from your bug-in location? What if all you have is what’s on you when it hits the fan? Chances are you won’t have a generator strapped to your back, no matter how portable it is.
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Look no further than your very own bug-out bag, car trunk or desk drawer. Because you are always prepared, you have already packed your emergency kit with crank-powered devices that will allow you access to a radio for communications, a flashlight to light up the dark, and even a means to power and charge your other electronic accessories. Let’s take a look at a few useful hand- and foot-cranked devices that will keep you and your electronics powered.
For More Information
Eton Radio FRX3 – American Red Cross
Eton Radio FRX1
Midland XT511 Base Camp Radio
K-TOR Pedal Generator – The Power Box
K-TOR Pocket Socket
Kaito KA550 Multiband Radio
Gordon Crank Flashlight with Radio
Luminar Hand Crank Lantern
This article was originally published in BALLISTIC™ Summer 2015 magazine. Print Subscriptions are available here.
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