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Green Gadgets: Wind up Crank Handle LED Lantern with Multiple Features

Updated on March 19, 2011

Non-electrical "green" gadgets have been more in the news than ever before especially after an extended power outage spread across multiple states due to an ice storm. When the cold and the dark sets in even a little light can bring comfort. You have probably seen the wind up flashlights but have you seen the wind up lantern?

The “Wind ‘N Go Portable Lantern” measures 11 inches tall and 3 inches around. It is large enough to help you navigate a dark room with enough light to keep you from tripping and bumping into things. Yet it is small enough to easily store away until a need to use it arises.

Nine LED white lights provide the light to navigate by and 6 flashing LED red lights broadcasts emergency situations. There is even a 120-decibel siren incase you need to attract attention from someone that may not be in range to see the red flashing LCD lights.

Wind 'N Go Portable Lantern/Radio
Wind 'N Go Portable Lantern/Radio

Similar wind up LED lantern

Hand Crank Gadget

An integrated AM/FM radio is included for your listening enjoyment or for listening for the latest weather reports. An included auto input cord lets you listen to your iPod or other MP3 player as well.

If the white and red LED lights, the AM/FM radio and the siren is not enough features to make it work the price there is also a night-light a compass and a frequency sound that can repel mosquitoes. No more mosquitoes? I’ll take three.

For those of us that do not mind a little bit of manual labor this lantern can be powered by turning a hand crank. A few minutes of cranking should provide nearly an hour of light. If you throw caution to the wind and use several of the features all at once maybe a longer cranking session will be in order. Still, absolutely no electric will be needed. If you are less likely to perform manual labor there is an included 12V DC adapter (auto).

This would be a great accessory to get you through a power outage or it would be fun for the kids camping in the backyard or even under a blanket in the den. No dangerous fuel, not fumes but a lot of fun. Add a couple of wind up flashlights to the mix and you have an emergency lighting package ready to go.


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      Joanie Ruppel 9 years ago from Texas

      I've got one of the wind up flashlights and they work great. Comes in handy in a power outage, and I've taken it on trips to remote areas that have no stores and no electricity.

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      jim10 9 years ago from ma

      My father- in-law has a wind up flashlight. It seemed to work great when we all went camping.