Firewinder (Images courtesy the Firewinder Company)
By Andrew Liszewski

Solar powered lighting for your deck or backyard is pretty popular these days, but here’s another eco-friendly solution to illuminate your next BBQ. While the Firewinder looks like the kind of kitschy outdoor wind chime you’d find at an arts & crafts sale, the spinning motion of its upward spiraling helix is actually used to power a generator which in turn illuminates a set of 14 ultra bright LEDs. The helix design allows the Firewinder to harness the wind no matter what direction it’s blowing, and it features an ultra-light design so even the lightest breeze will keep it going. The LEDs are also located along the edge of the helix which produces a unique lighting effect as it spins.

From what I can tell the Firewinder doesn’t feature a rechargeable battery to store up a charge, so if the wind isn’t blowing, the LEDs won’t light up. It does come with a set of brackets though, for mounting it to a wall, or you can just take the lazy route and hang it from a rope. It’s available from for about $200.

[ Firewinder ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]