It seems like every little thing in my life requires electricity to run or charge. So it's kind of refreshing to look around the marketplace and see that there are a bunch of household goods that are powered by a hand crank. Some of these items will even provide power to other electricity sucking devices.

• Hand-Cranked Paper Shredder from A+R Store $44
• LJUSA LED Flashlight from IKEA $4.99
• Hand Crank Generator from K-Tor $59.95
• Eton American Red Cross Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub from REI $70
• 12 LED Hand Crank Lantern from Harbor Freight Tools $12.99

• Hand Powered Portable Washing Machine from Clean Air Gardening $49.99
• BoostTurbine 2000 from Eton $59.99
• GSI Vortex Blender from Amazon $84.95

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