by Samantha Javier @ 10:46 am 1 comment »
If you’re like me and about to do your Christmas shopping, let me give you a head start with this list of neat little green gadgets that you can get for your significant other or a friend. There are so many gnice options for eco-gifts this Christmas, but I’ll list just a few to help you on your search or help you get started on your own ideas.
First, have you ever checked out water powered clocks and gadgets? At ThinkGeek.com they have a sweet $12 water powered clock. Just fill the clock’s liquid reservoirs in the back with any liquid of your choice and it will display the time and date clearly for you to read on your desk. It works by extracting the electrons from the liquid molecules to provide the electric current. (more…)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
by Maureen O'Connor @ 10:18 am 172 comments »
UPDATE: It’s official: Congratulations to our 2 lucky winners (Sharon and Ian) … Thank you veryone for participating … stay tuned for the kickoff of our next Great Green Giveaway.
If you’re the outdoor type and an iPhone user this may just be the giveaway for you and your pals. The good folks at Snow Lizard are giving two lucky winners their choice of an SLXtreme 5 (above – for iPhone 5/5S) or SLXtreme 4 (below – for iPhone 4/4S) solar, battery-powered iPhone case. The rugged, waterproof, battery-boosting cases for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5S can keep your iPhone charged-up and protected wherever you go – even below water. Two winners will have their choice of case and color (see below for color info).
Note: the SLXtreme 5 will be available in early December – the winner will get one of the first ones available. Contest is open to residents of USA or Canada. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
The SLXtreme 4/4S is available in black, orange, yellow, urban camo, white and tan; The SLXtreme 5/5S will come in orange, yellow or black.
There will be two winners selected at random. Retail value: SLXtreme 4 $129.99 / SLXtreme 5 $149.99; prize includes free shipping to USA or Canada.
To Enter – do AT LEAST ONE of the following … leave a separate comment for each action and receive additional entries:
- Leave a comment on this post telling us what type of outdoor activities you might undertake while using your SLXtreme case (and which case you prefer).
- Follow Snow Lizard Products on Instagram or Twitter – or like Snow Lizard on Facebook.
- Like Alternative Consumer on Facebook, and/or Follow AltCon on Twitter.
- Post this contest to your favorite social media site, ie Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog… & leave a comment on this post (with a link).
- Check out the Snow Lizard Products website and let us know why you like this product and company.
- Tweet about the giveaway (no more than once per day), be sure to include @AltCon and/or @SnowLizard_Gear.
For prize notification: be sure to add the following to your email address book: m at AlternativeConsumer.com.
Giveaway is open to residents in USA and Canada. Contest ends Wednesday December 4, 2013 at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be selected in our Random Drawing, and notified by email on December 6, 2013. Winners have 24 hours to claim their prize, or the offer is null and void. note: the winners’ first names will be included in this post.
As always, we will not share your email or contact info with anyone. Good luck!
- Waterproof down to 6 feet and dirt resistant to protect your iOS device from outdoor elements. You can now take photos and shoot videos under water.
- Built-in solar panel will provide a trickle charge when you can’t get to an outlet.
- In-case USB Charge/Sync.
- Poly-carbonate, rugged casing withstands drops, falls and spills.
- Lio polymer battery (iPhone 4/4S – 2000 mAh and iPhone 5/5S – 2550 MaH) and solar charger keeps your iPhone powered so you can hike, ski, camp and play longer. The integrated battery can double the battery life of your iPhone.
- Secures and protects the iPhone while leaving access to the phone’s camera, volume buttons, speakers and multi-touch display.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
by Samantha Javier @ 9:01 am post a comment »
Have you ever had your phone or camera die when at the beach and a perfect photo opportunity comes up? If this has happened to you, then I have some great news and a unique green solution. OC Outdoor Solar now has a KickStarter program online for you to back the project to make this solution possible.
OC Outdoor Solar will provide a clip on, flexible solar panel that can be attached to and folded into a beach umbrella. What’s great is that this is not just a solution for when you’re at the beach, but also when hiking, at a music festival, or anywhere else – whether or not you use the umbrella with it.
The USB cord is 3 meters in length, which is a little less than 10 feet, which is long enough for you to lounge on your beach towel while having your phone or USB device plugged in. The weight of the solar panel charger is 0.4 pounds, measures 8.5 inches by 18 inches when expanded, and 8.5 inches by 4.5 inches and 1 inch in width when folded, making it easy to take along with you. It will take about four hours in direct sunlight to fully charge a typical smartphone with an empty battery, and if you spend a day at the beach or take a hike I’m sure you’ll be out for longer than this.
I think this product is a great idea, and will be convenient for those who spend a lot of time outdoors and aren’t always near an outlet to charge their USB device. In addition to keeping you charged on the go, charging your gadgets off-grid also has some larger benefits – you will be helping to slow global warming by using less electricity, you’ll save money and you’ll be getting your own little slice of energy independence. You can check out the OC Outdoor Solar’s project at: kickstarter.com
related: if you need more portable solar power capacity check out our GoSol Power review
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
by Jennifer Hui @ 8:50 am post a comment »
GoSol Power is a company that specializes in solar-powered products and portable power generators. These products are engineered by the Genesis Technologies Group which creates innovative products that are effective, portable and environmentally friendly. The solar products are mobile and grid-free, hence widening the opportunities to use solar power instead of depending on toxic and polluting non-renewables. The line of portable products includes: generators, power boxes and charging stations with a sprinkling of accessories as well.
Generators: They offer generators which are portable and self-contained, which reduces the costs of connecting to power grids when you travel to remote locations. Basically, it gives you the opportunity to be energy-independent through harnessing energy from the sun. The features of generators are pretty awesome, too:
- Up to 14,400 Watts of power
- Unique solar tracking technology
- Automated deploy and stow
- No Noise
- No Black Exhaust Smoke
- No Diesel Fuel
- Operational 24/7
- GPS locator and Wi-Fi capable
Power Boxes: The Power Box is literally a box of power that is reliable and portable. The case is water-proof and contains a foldable solar panel – seriously, how cool is that? You can keep your electronic devices charged everywhere you go – for those who perpetually attached to their phones/laptops/tablets. You can go camping, fishing or hiking with this box of technological goodness! Would surely come in handy in emergency situations. (more…)
Monday, October 14, 2013
by Ross Dulmaine @ 10:58 am post a comment »
An e-bike with understated style, elegant in its design, look and simplicity – the Faraday Porteur is an electric bike designed for those with good taste and more than a few bucks allocated to their alternative transportation budget.
In addition to its sexy retro design and high-end functionality this uni-sex EV offers some other neat stuff. Unlike most clunky-looking e-bikes with their boxy battery packs and boring silhouettes the Porteur packs some style – a battery is hidden in the bike’s classic-looking frame, a snazzy (more…)
Monday, October 7, 2013
by Ross Dulmaine @ 1:10 pm 1 comment »
Love ‘em or hate ‘em there’s no denying that America is awash in a sea of verdant green lawns and they’re all thirsty.
With all our crazy weather patterns and changing climate extremes, water conservation has become an important issue in our everyday lives. Andrew Howlett came up with the idea for the Lono app and Sprinkler Controller to allow people the ultimate real-time control of their lawn watering functions. The controller works with either your existing or new sprinkler system.
Lono has wifi, bluetooth, a battery backup, display, snooze button, and slots for up to 20 zones all surrounded by a splash resistant case. Lono is designed to let you control your sprinkler system anywhere, anytime with your smart phone. (more…)