There is quite a variety of eco-friendly gadgets on the market these days for anyone concerned about minimizing their carbon footprint, conserving the planet or just saving money on energy bills. Explore the array of technological innovations that just might help save the planet while making life easier.
Soda Can Water Clock
H2O manufactures these unique timekeepers that are designed to look like a clock within a soda can. The clocks are completely powered by water. The water level only requires checking and possibly replenishing twice a year. The high contrast face provides a digital read-out display. The device is available in black, blue, green or red. A smaller water clock manufactured by Bedol makes the perfect traveling companion. In addition to time, the Bedol version also displays the day and date.
Water Powered Shower Radio
Designed to attach to a faucet water supply, the radio features a miniature power turbine that functions via water pressure. An internal battery also stores energy when not running. Capable of broadcasting FM stations, the device also comes equipped with memory technology that stores your favorite station and volume settings.
USB Rechargeable Batteries
The latest rechargeable battery comes in a form that revitalizes via a USB port or a standard NiMH charger. The charge in these batteries typically lasts longer than toxic alkaline counterparts. Rechargeable batteries also typically have a longer lifespan. Hidden beneath the positive end cap of each battery lies the USB plug. Once plugged in, the batteries charge to 90 percent in about five hours.
Solar iPhone Charger
Created by Eton and known as the Mobius, this ingenious device serves as a protective iPhone case and a charge booster. A miniature solar panel is embedded onto the back of the cover. After one hour in direct sunlight, the phone has enough of a charge to make two or three calls. The convenient free energy source ensures phone functionality if stranded without a means to recharge by conventional means.
Designed and manufactured by SolSource, the parabolic cooking devices rely solely on energy from the sun to bake, broil, fry, grill or steam foods. The device features a metallic frame that holds the highly reflective four foot dish. Each solar BBQ is created using 100 percent recycled materials and needs no conventional fuel and emits no toxins. The grill is perfect for use in a backyard, balcony or rooftop. Completely portable, the unit serves as the perfect cooking device when camping in rural locations.
Traveling Solar Panel
Whether traveling long distance, hiking, camping out in the wild or any other off-grid location, the Goal Zero Nomad 13 solar charger keeps mobile devices and laptops powered. The device contains a battery that stores a charge when not in use. Each panel capably recharges multiple items at the same time as long as they are rated less than 13 watts. Included in the package is the iPad sized panel, a 12 volt cable, USB plug and a connector that allows attaching another panel if desired. There are also pockets for storing mobile devices.