The Hand Crank Lamp
When the power goes out there are a few options: flashlights/battery operated lights, or candles. Candles aren’t practical with kids, and chances are the batteries are half dead from the last power outage. I know the hand cranked flashlights exists, but it doesn’t provide true ambient light. Designed by Efrain E. Velez, and entered into the Greener Gadgets Design Competition, the Krank Lamp plays off an old technology, but places it in a nice sleek package. The stem of the lamp, shaped very much like an old manual drill, can be cranked for one minute, which provides enough power to illuminate the LEDs for 40 – 60 minutes. To make it extra green, the aluminum body is fully recyclable.