Human Power Generator from Windstream Power

Good for emergencies, off-grid applications or for when you just want a little exercise, the Human Power Generator from Windstream Power can be pedaled or cranked by hand to charge 12 volt batteries and run small appliances. The product page says the average continuous power that can be generated by pedaling is about 80 watts; 50 watts if you're cranking by hand; a comment from Hugg by a user says 200 watts is attainable (300 if you're Lance Armstrong). The generator is available with a "Portable Power Pack" which includes a storage battery, 300 watt inverter (with 800 watt peak power), LED battery voltage readout, connection cables, and a 120 volt outlet to turn your calories into useful power. For anyone really interested in avoiding grid power, the company's wind turbines and solar applications can also be connected alongside the human power generator to cram even more energy into the power pack. If the Human Power Generators work well enough to power a Medeski, Martin & Wood soundcheck at Orlando's House of Blues (pictured), we're willing to bet it'd be handy around the house. See also the Freecharge pedal generator and a DIY pedal-power project. ::Windstream Power via energyenthusiast at ::Hugg

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