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Old 03-09-2011, 11:41 AM
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Default Crank powered you have them?

A few years back a friend gave my husband a crank flashlight. What a great gift! It has those super bright LED lights, and boy is it powerful. We have since purchased crank lanterns with the same bright lights and even a weather radio. For the radio, a one minute crank gives me twenty minutes of power on the radio. It doesn't take much cranking to have light for several nights with those lanterns. I just love them now and am very happy with not needing to purchase so many batteries.

I was wondering if anyone else uses them and if you are as satisfied with them as we are?
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:49 AM
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I have the flashlights and crank/solar radio, all of which work awesome!
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:47 PM
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I really like and embrace the idea of these .... however, finding good quality ones is a bit of challenge. Often they are poorly built/constructed --- or, they have bad storage/batteries.
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:27 PM
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The trick with these things is you have to wind them at least once a month even when not in use, or the batteries will go bad. If you can wind them in the package at the store, do so to make sure they are holding a charge. If they've been in storage for awhile, they're probably no good. Think how good your deep cycle battery would be if it goes completely dead.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:39 AM
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A small solar-crank radio with NOAA reception. It has work well.
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