February 28, 2011

Umeox Apollo Solar Cellphone


The Chinese company Umeox's Apollo made its debut at this year's Mobile World Congress. The solar powered cellphone runs Android, has a 3.2" 320x480 display and has a GB of storage with MicroSD card. The phone needs about 2.5 hours to fully charge, but it must be done frequently to keep it from dying completely. No launch day set, but the unveiling shows a glimmer of solar gadgets to come.

Via Umeox

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February 7, 2011

Get Solar Radio Now, Before Next Blizzarama


If you started to panic when you heard about the upcoming blizzard last week, you amassed extra water, candles, a portable radio and scads of duct tape. (We don't know what the latter is for. We only know that hardware stores sell out before disasters.) Prepare for the next cataclysm with Kaito's Voyager Solar/Dynamo Emergency Radio. The KA500GRN can reach AM/FM/SW1/SW2 stations, has a reading light and LED flashlight, and comes with earphone, USB cord and 6 cellphone tips.

Via Solar Radios

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November 29, 2010

Eton Solar/Crank Radio/Charger


Grundig's Eton Solar Radio is so impressive that it made it into this year's Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. At a portable size of 5.25 x 2.5 x 1.75", the water-resistant device has NOAA weather, AM/FM, built-in LED flashlight, USB charger, carabiner clip and a bottle opener. At a price of $50.00, the radio can also be hand-cranked in gloomy weather or at night. A similar model is available for the common masses for $20.00 less.

Via Neiman Marcus

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November 22, 2010

Kikkerland Double Rainbow Maker


Having a rainbow in your room is so passé. This year, get a Kikkerland solar-powered Double Rainbow Maker to cheer up anyone's bah, humbug approach to the holidays. Swarovski crystals create the effect while the panel allows the device to revolve and refract light in multiple directions.

Via Kikkerland

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November 15, 2010

Solar Toothbrush Zaps Plaque, Stains


The last time we heard the word 'ionic' was in connection with the "Ionic Breeze," a supposedly revolutionary air purifier from Sharper Image that ran silently. At a price that seemed way overpriced for the masses, we expect that this was not a staple in most homes.

So now we find the Soladey Ionic Toothbrush, due out next year, that contains a titanium dioxide rod that is said to generate negatively charged ions (electrons.) It does this from reacting with light and interacting with water and saliva. Further claims say that it needs no toothpaste but will still cut down on plaque and whiten teeth. While a solar toothbrush sounds like a good idea, that introductory $29.95 price sounds a little iffy to us.

Via Soladey

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November 8, 2010

Logitech Solar Keyboard


Logitech continues to spit out those clever peripherals. This time it is the super-slim wireless Solar Keyboard. Ambient light solar panels are placed on top of the 1/3" device so it needs no charging for up to 3 months. Other features include a 2.4 Nano Unifying receiver, chiclet keys, and plug and play USB set up. The K750 can be preordered now at a price of $79.99.

Via Logitech

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November 1, 2010

Solar Fridge Developer OBP Honoree


Emily Cummins recently became an Oslo Business for Peace Honouree for the work she has done developing a solar refrigerator that was originally devised by Mohammed Bah Abba with his pot-in-pot refrigerator. Her fridge can be made of cardboard and recycled metal with organic material such as soil or sand placed between the chambers that is soaked in water. The sun warms the material, the water evaporates and the temperature is reduced to 43º, a process that is similar to the way that your body does when it sweats.

The fridge is already being used in various African countries like Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The 23 year-old is the first female and only European to be so honored by the jury of Nobel Prize winners.

Via Inhabitat

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September 20, 2010

Kikkerland Dynamo Solar Radio


Who knew that the same company that produced strange, wind-up toys would also have the ingenuity to produce strange, waving royalty? At a of size 6" tall , the Kikkerland Solar Queen will wave from either a window sill, garden or your car windshield. With the solar cell located on her purse, she will arrive in one of three pastel colored dresses.

Via Kikkerland

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August 9, 2010

Solar-Breeze 2.0 Robotic Pool Cleaner


Solar-Breeze 2.0 claims to be the planet's first robotic pool cleaner that gets its energy from the sun. The solar device can clean up dirt, pollen, suntan oil and other debris from the surface. Its software is advanced enough to keep the Solar-Breeze working to areas where it will receive the most rays and the excess power ensures it will run into the evening. Get yours for $499 at the link below.

(Thanks, Jennifer)

Via Solar-Breeze

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July 26, 2010

Rheem Provides Solar Water Solutions


Rheem features SolPack active solar water heaters for both residential and commercial needs and can be combined with either a gas or electric system. It goes without saying that the energy efficient devices can save you some funding in the long run as well as a federal tax credit. Rheem promises that the heaters can provide up to 80% of your hot water, depending on where you live. Visit their site if you are thinking of going solar.

(Thanks, Danyell)

Via Rheem

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