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Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Green Giveaway: Snow Lizard Battery Powered, Solar iPhone Cases – 2 Winners

 slxtreme 5 solar iphone cae orange

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).

slxtreme 4 solar iphone case black

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. (more…)

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Clip-On Solar Charger for Power On-the-Go

clip-on solar charger

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.

clip-on solar charger folded.

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:

related: if you need more portable solar power capacity check out our GoSol Power review

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

GoSol Power for portable solar power


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

gosol power box

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…)

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Monday, October 14, 2013

a stylish electric bike – the faraday porteur

faraday porteur electric bike

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.

faraday porteur e-bike

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…)

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Monday, October 7, 2013

green gadget: lono lawn sprinkler controller and app

lono app

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 smartphone app

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…)

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

kickstarter find: cell phone microscope lens

micro smartphone lens

Here’s something a little different. Young inventor Thomas Larson has created a micro lens that readily transforms almost any cell phone or tablet into a macro-close-up microscope. You can take photos or videos of objects at up to 60x magnification with the phone’s built-in zoom. Larson is funding the manufacture of the lens via a Kickstarter project and has already reached his funding goal.

micro phone lens.

The tiny removable lens has a base magnification of 5x and affixes to the phone with a simple stick-on adhesive. The simple device is said to be durable and has no moving parts. The lens is made in-house by Larson using patent-pending platinum catalyzed silicone technology (sounds fancy). (more…)

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

recycled fabrics become eco gadget sleeves – Ryan Frank + TAPEgear create SHRED

shred recycled fabric iphone case

Keep your precious gadgets and Apple products safely protected with these funky-looking, eco-friendly designer cases. The Euro design team, TAPEgear, has recently introduced the SHRED collection – a line of eco-sleeves for laptops and i-gadgets made from 100% recycled textile waste mainly derived from old clothes and recycled household fabrics. It certainly has that look. (more…)

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

eton rukus solar – solar-powered wireless speaker system

eton rukus wireless solar speakers

Summer fun can sometimes require a soundtrack to fully optimize your outdoor, or off-grid experience. Eton specializes in solar-powered sound systems – their 3.5 lb rukus solar boombox (above) is a portable, solar-powered wireless speaker system. Great for campers, tailgaters, beach-goers and off-grid endeavors of all kinds.

eton rukus solar wireless speakers

The rukus solar can wirelessly stream your music from any source with Bluetooth connectivity – like smart phones, tablets or computers. The speakers are lightweight and and easy to transport – the Rukus has an integrated handle. It also has a USB output to charge most smart phones and mobile devices and it features: a storage net to securely protect your small device during transport, full-range speaker drivers, stereo sound, bass boost and a rechargeable Li-ion battery (7.4V 1500mA). Comes in green, black or white. $129.99 @

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