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"Current items which use batteries/electricity and their manual counterparts"
Personal experience would be good here. If you have used the "non-battery/electric" version, a review would be good. Links and pics also helpful.

If you only have an idea to contribute....go for it. Maybe others have found a non-batt/elec version of said item.

Lights - kerosene, oil, candles, solar (even though uses a battery charged by the sun), etc.

Watches - there are some kinetic which wind as you move your wrist, as well as the old fashioned hand wound ones if you can find then at reasonable prices.

I will start by adding a health item which "back in the day" was never battery operated. Now it seems that the battery type are all that exist in most peoples cabinets.

It was easier to find a non/batt than I thought it would be. Until today, I no longer had an old style fever thermometer. Here is my post from another thread to start this one off:

Quote:Many years ago we picked up a couple of the old style fever thermometers which used mercury. We put them "somewhere safe" which means they are no where to be found.

Today we hit up walmart and picked up 2 different kinds. One of each will be in my daily bag and one of the non-battery will be kept at home.

I tested both types and they read a comparable temp. The one w/ the battery will be stored with the battery removed.

If after a few tests w/ actual fevers, I will decide if I should pick up a couple more of the non-battery type. Maybe a good barter item in the future.

Links below for both. The non-batt ran $5.42...Batt one ran $9.52. The batt one was SIMPLE to understand and use. The last batt one that I had, I just tossed because it was NOT simple and goof free. YES, kept the battery

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Item #20030
Color coded "Green" for oral
FDA listed
Limited lifetime warranty
Dual Scale - Fahrenheit & Celsius
Hospital tested
Easy to disinfect or sterilize
Protective case included
Made in Germany

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Faster readings, in as fast as 8 seconds
ComfortFlex tip makes temperature taking more comfortable.
Professional accuracy
Fever InSight large backlit display changes color to indicate temperature level.
Oral, rectal, or underarm use
Memory feature recalls and displays last temperature taken.
Waterproof for easy, more thorough cleaning
Automatic shutoff to help extend battery life
Probe covers and storage case included
Lifetime warranty under normal use

This one did not get good reviews BUT worked flawlessly on my first test. I did not review fever thermometers before buying. I almost ALWAYS research (my wife would say over-research) any purchase I make but this was a spur of the moment thought.
Also made a second bacon grease candle....YEP, eggs and bacon for breakfast today
Ladies of the Second Amendment

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I wear a Casio Pathfinder PAG-240 which is solar....probably one of the best watches ive ever owned for the price.
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There's always the can opener. Always used the manual... never saw much need for the electric.
Broadfork and wheeled cultivator to keep your garden going.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
Another garden tool I've used on occasion is a spade or shovel. Sometimes they're even better than rototillers. I would add hoe as well.
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And those old fashioned tools can be had fairly cheap at yard sales. Will be priceless if the shtf....
Ladies of the Second Amendment

"I regard giving as necessary to right the balance" Hu Chung

The Fiskars hand drills that I used to get from discarded brain surgery kits at TJU work pretty well. They're available online or at hardware stores for $15 or less.
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Yankee-North model 1545 drill

I have two, both are about 100 years old and run like a champ. One has been in our family since new (circa 1911), the other I picked up on ebay from a well-meaning "restorer" for $40-ish.Big Grin

They work as well as modern drills, but you'll need more time and patience to drill steel. Also, your drill bits must be sharp. Upshot: your drill bits will last a lifetime since overheating isn't likely.

I prefer using this drill for plastic & wood since it runs a lot slower & cooler. It's almost as fast, just less destructive...particularly with plastic.

  • Direct drive & low speed (increases torque)
  • 3/8 chuck, the model 1545 accepts all modern drills — both round shank and hex shank. This includes magnetic tool drivers, sockets, Robinson drive bits, etc.
  • Side handle (pictured above, most are missing by now -- easily reproduced). I think it's threaded 1/4"x20.
  • Storage compartment in handle
  • Doesn't use electricity (duh)
Transmission settings:
  • Plain (direct drive)
  • Left hand ratchet-crank turns drill chuck left, ratchets (chuck stopped) in the other direction.
  • Right hand ratchet-crank turns drill chuck right, ratchets (chuck stopped) in the other direction.
  • Right hand double (chuck turns right irrespective of crank gear direction)
  • Lock-locks chuck & crank for loosening & tightening chuck.
Tips from years of use:
  • I've rebuild my two completely from the ground up, they are a marvel of mechanical engineering. They're the "Lugers" of the hand-drill genre. TIP: if you take the transmission apart, do this on a table covered with a clean cloth, and be gentle. The springs aren't available anymore.
  • Keep the transmission lubricated, avoid lubricating the main gear unless you like dirty oil spots on your clothing.
  • Do your homework, especially on models. Some Yankee drill chucks are configured for tapered bit brace shank, like the bit & brace drills. These will not work with modern drills.

Great article on rebuilding/servicing them.
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I have to get one of these yet.

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I think my mom has one, I may have to ask her if she still uses it.
Can't forget about these:

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