Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Work on Surviving the Apocalypse: Minimalist Getting off the Grid

You've heard about "getting off the grid," which has always suggested massive arrays of some capital-intensive thing like photovoltaic cells or wind farms. But there is a simple, elegant, inexpensive way to do minimalist grid-evasion. How about a small, light, well-made radio that can run--a long time--on a few turns of a hand crank that also powers a built-in flashlight, emergency blinker, and siren, and also charges cell phones? The sound is remarkably rich, volume impressive, and there are a ton of cool case options. LL Bean