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  •  Oh! And one more... (none)
    3.  Living in a cold climate, battery-run flashlights don't work well for the long term (like one kept in the car). Can you tell me whether those shake-it-up powered versions (you know what I mean) will work out in the cold?

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    by histopresto on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 12:18:51 PM PDT

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    •  They should. (none)
      Shake up flashlights do not use the chemicals that "misbehave" on cold weather like batteries.

      You could always use of those old bike lights energized by pedaling... Keeps you warm too!

      Nokia has a crank powered cellphone for emergencies in the cold when your batteries are dead.

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      by lawnorder on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 12:38:19 PM PDT

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      •  Shake-Em-Up Flashlight Tied to a Bicycle (none)
        I've thought about attaching one of those shake-em-up flashlights (is "induction coil flashlight" the applicable technical term?) to a bicycle wheel.  Only the weight of the flashlight and batteries and a little more drag should allow me to keep a set of rechargeable batteries going for quite a while.

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        by gmoke on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 03:23:08 PM PDT

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        •  There are vintage bike lights on ebay (none)
          powered by the biker. Not very expensive either...

          At least you can get Junior to pedal while the family reads ;-)

          Perception trumps Reality until a category 5 Reality blows all the spin away

          by lawnorder on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 09:18:40 PM PDT

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          •  Not just vintage (none)
            There are a lot of modern dynamo lights, although they're much more popular in Europe than in the US. If you really want one, you can buy it from a small scale importer.

            The big problem with using them for anything other than cycling is that they're generally designed to depend on a rotating wheel. This means that you need a trainer to mount your bicycle on, and that you're going to need to keep moving to keep the light lit. IMHO, this isn't a terribly useful way of providing lighting for anything other than cycling.

            •  Granted (none)
              But if you have nothing else, you and your family could take turns on an exercise bike to get enough light for reading, cooking, etc..

              Plus if you are housebound thanks to a winter storm it will help you get warm!

              Perception trumps Reality until a category 5 Reality blows all the spin away

              by lawnorder on Tue Oct 04, 2005 at 10:08:08 AM PDT

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