A convenient and practical vending machine that does not rely on electricity power to sell merchandise, following hand cranking vending machine from Japan is specially designed to adapt to increasing of earthquake as well as other natural disaster.

Surprisingly, according to Michael Keferl from CScout Japan, there are nearly 5.5 million vending machines located across Japan’s islands to help serving a population of 127 million, not to count in those odd banana or apple vending machines. Meanwhile, half of the vending machines are selling soft drinks, 118k selling razors and socks!


While those fancy electricity powered vending machines are common in Japan, here comes the disaster resistant hand-crank type of vending machine from Sanden that allow vendors to still supply their vending machines even in post disaster time where electricity black-out is something common in that kind of situation.

Let’s roll the video to see how the hand-crank vending machine works…

As you’ll see in the video, it’s not the easiest task, but seventy cranks into it you can fully power the machine and dispense up to seven bottles before a recharge.

While many machines are designed to dispense free drinks during emergencies, they aren’t much use without electricity. Coca-Cola has attempted to solve the power problem by going solar, but in a dense urban environment even the best solar panels aren’t going to help much. No word on the added cost to each machine for the hand-crank, though it’s safe to say that the physical overhead needed will at least dissuade hoarders to a degree.

[ Source: JapanTrends ]