A stylish lifesaver and light saber* in one device. The Forever Last hand-crank-powered combo radio and flashlight was designed by Richard Thalheimer, the guy who started The Sharper Image.
One minute of cranking equals 20 minutes of AM/FM radio play time, or 40 minutes of flashlight/nightlight lumination (a cap is supplied to provide the transition from flashlight to nightlight)--and you can use both at the same time, too, if you'd like. No batteries means, less energy to produce in the first place, less waste in the end, and no toxic waste from the batteries, either.
Who cares? Richard says, "People need a stylish radio and flashlight but do not want to keep buying batteries."
Why bother? "People fumbled in the darkness for a flashlight during a power outage or needed to listen to a radio during an emergency situation only to discover that the batteries were dead."
Richard even suggests keeping it on your nightstand and cranking it for a minute so that you have some music to fall asleep to that will automatically shut off. It's available over at richardsolo.com for $29.95, with free shipping in the US and no sales tax outside of CA to boot.
- Image from Treehugger.
*We know for all you die-hard Star Wars fans it's nothing like a light saber, really, but it reminds us of that, and what kid--or childish-acting adult--couldn't pretend it was a light saber?