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Published on March 13th, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Wind-Up Eco Media Player Charges on the Go



We’ve seen lots of wind-up electronic devices in the past few months, but the Eco Media Player is far and away the most stylish, advanced one yet. The device is the brainchild of Trevor Baylis, the creator of the first wind-up radio. Only one minute of hand cranking provides 40-45 minutes of battery juice. When fully charged, the player’s lithium ion battery can provide 48 hours of music and seven hours of video–a huge upgrade from the iPod (mine plays 5-ish hours of music before petering out). In case you don’t feel like giving your hands a workout, Baylis’ media player comes with a USB charger.

The Eco Media Player also has decent technical specs–a 2″ LCD screen, 4GB flash/8GB internal memory, compatibility with mp3, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG, and Audible file types, and integration with Windows Media Player 10 (it works with iTunes as well). With a super-bright LED “torch” mode and 3-minute phone charger included in its design, the Eco Media Player could also be useful in emergency situations.

You can buy the Wind-Up Eco Media player at Real Goods Solar for $199.

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



  • Brennan

    It’s tough to say whether this will take off as it does look slightly clunky and it might not be the coolest thing to be cranking the thing on the subway etc but who knows the flashlights have done pretty well but that is kind of a different industry.

  • Brennan

    It’s tough to say whether this will take off as it does look slightly clunky and it might not be the coolest thing to be cranking the thing on the subway etc but who knows the flashlights have done pretty well but that is kind of a different industry.

  • http://www.proformagreen.com John Simonetta

    Another example of the tons of new products that at either solar or crank driven. We are seeing more and more radios, flashlights, chargers, etc., like this in our work everyday. Heck for $199 you could get a V-bag http://www.proformagreen.com/eco-volt.shtml

  • http://www.proformagreen.com John Simonetta

    Another example of the tons of new products that at either solar or crank driven. We are seeing more and more radios, flashlights, chargers, etc., like this in our work everyday. Heck for $199 you could get a V-bag http://www.proformagreen.com/eco-volt.shtml

  • Uncle B

    Guaranteed an off-gridder’s delight! Great for campers, and tent-dwellers of this great republican depression (GRD) and must be distributed to them for free by government grants and decree instead of bailing the goddamn New York Shysters, Shylocks, Swindlers and Banksters who brought this great nation to its knees – we reward those who clearly committed TREASON – Even China publicly executed those who tainted its milk supply! The least we can do for those who suffer the most for the GRD is to give out these comforts – but we don’t – we are hard-ass capitalists and that’s the way it is in America, home of the free, the brave, the callous the unfeeling, the exploiters and the exploitable, careful, you may be next!

  • Uncle B

    Guaranteed an off-gridder’s delight! Great for campers, and tent-dwellers of this great republican depression (GRD) and must be distributed to them for free by government grants and decree instead of bailing the goddamn New York Shysters, Shylocks, Swindlers and Banksters who brought this great nation to its knees – we reward those who clearly committed TREASON – Even China publicly executed those who tainted its milk supply! The least we can do for those who suffer the most for the GRD is to give out these comforts – but we don’t – we are hard-ass capitalists and that’s the way it is in America, home of the free, the brave, the callous the unfeeling, the exploiters and the exploitable, careful, you may be next!

  • http://www.dfdsolar.com Solar Products

    The products is really most stylish, advanced one yet. How much it is ? and where can we buy it ?

  • http://www.dfdsolar.com Solar Products

    The products is really most stylish, advanced one yet. How much it is ? and where can we buy it ?

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