October 14, 2009

Green Badge Wearable Solar Cell

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Leon Zhu feels that solar powered cell phones aren't so practical as they are usually kept in a pocket when not in use. The designer's idea is to incorporate a solar cell module with a photo-electric conversion coat and an ultra-thin battery pack that can be worn or clipped to clothes or bags. The Green Badge harnesses the sun and stores it in its built-in necklace to power up those phones. It can also be used as a light source on its own.

Via Design Boom

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October 13, 2009

SolarGorilla Charges Your Laptop

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There is now a solar charger for laptops and notebooks. The Powertraveler SolarGorilla has a clamshell design, two solar panels and comes with a variety of tips. The charger is also compatible with any electronic device with a power socket, such as an iPod, iPhone, PDA, MP3/MP4 player or handheld game. The SolarGorilla is water-resistant, folds up for traveling and has an LED to display charge intensity.

Via SolarGorilla

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October 9, 2009

DIY Solar Print Kit

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With the holidays coming on, you can make your own greeting cards and save a bit of energy and printer ink. Toysmith's Solar Print Kit provides 2 frames, 2 pre-printed stencil sheets, 12 sheets of solar paper, three note cards with envelopes and complete instructions. Refills are also available.

Via Toysmith Solar Print Kit


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October 7, 2009

Helius Solar Backpack

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Helius' Solar-Power Backpack can charge your iPod, PMP, cellie and most other electronic gadgets in about 2-4 hrs. At a size of 18 x 13 x 9" and a weight of a mere 3.5 lbs., the bag supports notebooks up to 15.4", has interior and exterior pockets, a headphone port and is made out of long-lasting 840D nylon. The backpack comes with multiple adapters for most brands of PDAs and cell phones.

Via Solar Backpacks

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October 6, 2009

Bluetooth Headset Has Infinite Standby

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The Stylish Solar Power Bluetooth Headset actually has infinite standby time under sunlight. With 5 hours of listening/talk time, it can support up to 2 notebooks, cell phones or other electronics. The earpiece has a volume control button, noise reduction technology and comes with 4 sizes of headphones and a cradle. Also chargeable by USB, the headset carries a MSRP of $66.90.

Via Mobile Brando

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October 2, 2009

La Crosse Solar Battery Charger

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While solar power is often used to cut back on batteries, we find La Crosse Technology's AlphaPower Battery Charger quite creative. It works with NiCad and NiMH AA/AAA rechargeables and can do both sizes simultaneously. The device has overheat-detection for preventing overcharge. There are four different modes, charge, discharge, recharge and test and 4 LCD displays for readout.

This kit comes with 4 AA and 4 AAA batteries, 4 C and D adapters and a handy travel bag. If you already have batteries, La Crosse also sells the charger separately.

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September 30, 2009

LCNB Bank Erects Solar Drive-Through

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LCNB Bank claims that they have the first solar powered drive-through. It works like any other but has a solar panel that charges a 12V battery to do its thing. There is enough power for about 1,000 transactions without costing the bank extra electricity, even on cloudy days. Built by E.F. Bavis and Associates Inc., would that this device be adapted for drive-through restaurants, dry cleaners, pharmacies, etc.

Via Business Courier

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September 29, 2009

Suspended Solar Globe Rotates Continuously

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Leave it to Hammacher Schlemmer to come up with a deluxe solar globe that rotates. Developed by a team of physicists, photoreceptors inside it gather both sun and incandescent light to power its internal drive. The planet's magnetic field provides the torque to spin it. The globe itself is suspended in a clear acrylic shell in liquid and can rotate 360ยบ in any direction while staying upright. The 8.5" Perpetually Rotating Solar Globe carries a hefty price of $399.99, but it not only turns and displays land and water location, it has 3,5000 place names.

Via Hammacher Schlemmer

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September 25, 2009

Solar Butterfly Wind Chimes

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We don't tend to appreciate "pretty," but these Butterfly Wind Chimes may soften our rough edges. They collect energy during the day and begin to shine when fully charged with their solar powered, multicolored LED lights. At a size of 20" in length and 6' of cord, they come with a clip and suction cup for mounting.

Via Butterfly Wind Chimes

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September 24, 2009

Novothink Surge Charger Series Apple Approved

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Novothink has produced the first Apple approved Solar Charger series. The Surges are available for the iPhone 3G and 3GS as well as the iPod touch 2G. In several different colors, each has a USB connection to charge or sync with iTunes without taking your iPhone/iPod out of its case. It also comes with a Novocord to attach to belt, backpack or wrist and a Solar Planner App to figure your needs based on usage. At a price of ~ $70.00, the Surges provide 30 minutes of power from two hours of exposure. Look for their debut this month.

Via Novothink

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