Archive for July, 2009

Solar-Powered Battery Charger

Friday, July 17th, 2009


Rechargeable batteries are great, but you still have to use mains power to refill them. Well, not now – this solar-powered charger make rechargeables really eco-friendly by using sunlight instead. It works with both Ni-MH and Ni-Cd batteries.

The charger costs $31.99 from SmartHome.icon

Eco Kettle

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009


The Eco Kettle saves water and power by keeping a reservoir of water separate from the heating compartment. Instead of boiling too much water every time, you just press a button to release the right amount (measured on a scale on the side) and no more.

The kettle is available for £29.95 (UK) from the Ethical Superstore.

Solar-Powered Rodent Deterrent

Monday, July 13th, 2009


Although we love nature, some yard-invading parts of it are less welcome. This sonic deterrent for gophers, moles and other burrowing creatures does no harm, but irritates them and encourages them to move home. It’s powered by a built-in solar panel.

The deterrent costs $17.95 from SmartHome.icon

Soldius Solar Charger for iPod, Cellphone, and BlackBerry

Saturday, July 11th, 2009


Light and compact enough to fit in a pocket, this solar charger can connect to mobile devices and charge them in 2-3 hours. It comes with the necessary adapters and is available in black or white.

The charger costs $89.99 from GreenGadgets.

SideWinder Cell Phone Charger

Thursday, July 9th, 2009


The smallest, lightest and most portable charger ever made. It generates power by hand-cranking – wind it up for a couple of minutes and it’ll charge your phone for 5-6 minutes of talk time or 30 minutes on standby. It even has a built-in emergency LED light for use in the dark.

The SideWinder costs $29.00 from Amazon

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