If the sun can’t do it, maybe this can!

We had talked before about using Green Energy to charge up your iPhone on a previous blog post.

It was super cool and totally useful.

The only problem with solar powered chargers and devices is two fold:

  1. The sun needs to be out.
  2. It can take quite a while for a full charge.

Maybe this can help

If you find yourself out hiking or camping and need to charge a dead phone…

Try Blue Freedom

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Blue Freedom is a unique project started to make use of another green resource… moving water!

Way back when… people used the power of rivers and running natural water to power up lots of things! Villages were built on rivers for this reason!

So why not take advantage ourselves and go a little more green, huh?

Well how does it work?

What this little guy does is use the power of running water. You attach the turbine end to a wire which is attached to the device. While the turbine spins under the current it spools the generator inside the device, and Vualah!

The turbine then will spin and generate, at a much faster rate than solar energy, a great deal of usable power to charge your phone.

Take a look at some specifications:

  • Measures about 8 x 2 inches and weighs in under one pound.
  • Very easily packaged and carried along for a hike or camping.
  • Uses Hydroelectric energy to power up devices.
  • Has a battery installed which will charge using the turbine if no accessories are plugged in while it is working.
  • Built in LED so it can be easily used at night – looking much better versus solar powered gadgets now right?

Now this super cool gadget was created with a kickstarter program which is currently trying to raise more money. So be sure to go check it out and nab yourself one of these bad boys!

I had the privilege of trying one of these out before. I was in the back yard of my friend’s home and he had a fountain installed with some decent running water…

(His whole back yard was actually done very well by a lawn service company found here: www.cliftonparklawnservice.com)

So we tossed the turbine in and gave it a shot!

This thing will vary based on how much water pressure is generated through the current, as well as how consistent the water current is.

So keep in mind that its not always 100% perfect, however when it gets going  it can fully charge an iPhone in anywhere from 1-2 hours. Which is pretty impressive for free green energy!

Energy Super Star

We have fun talking about a lot of gadgets here which is all well and good. Something interesting to dive into is a government program which has been making more progress than ever in making the public aware of energy efficient items and appliances through volunteers called Energy Star.

energy star logo

What’s the Scoop?

Energy Star began in 92′ and covers a wide range of activity from new products, homes, commercial buildings, industrial plans, and much more. Basically there are guidelines set up with certain criteria for efficiency which are set forth and those companies who seek to be green and make a difference will be granted some tax breaks and financial help from the government to encourage businesses, organizations, and people to be more aware of how they consume and to make a positive difference in the world.

All well and good in my eyes!

 What does it mean for you?

Well. A lot actually. Energy Star claims that today, 85% of Americans identify the Energy Star logo and that 75% of consumers claim that the logo plays an important role in there decision on items that can be more energy efficient.

It’s no surprise that when asked the question – would you like to purchase A – which does all the same things as B, yet B is less energy efficient and will cost you slightly more in energy costs every year…

Pretty clear choice that saving money in the form of any way is good things and will be greatly weighed in your choice, right?

This mostly applies to consumers who can purchase a number of different energy efficient items for their homes. Here are just a few:

  • Washer and Dryers
  • Dishwasher
  • Air Purifiers
  • Light Bulbs
  • Refrigerators
  • Air Conditioners
  • Computers
  • TVs
  • Water Heaters
  • and so much more…

There are surely more items you didn’t even know about that can sport the Energy Star logo which leads one to be curious next time they are out shopping for just about anything that uses electricity. A great friend of mine does audio video installations here. He told me about all of his components have an Energy Star equivalent available if you prefer them… Oh we do!

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All in one

So you go to work each day, put in your time, and head home. Just a normal week… right?

Wrong!

If your work week consists of spending 8 hours in a cubical you need to discover this super cool green gadget. Its called…

Well it does quite have a name but it is a…

USB Fishaquarium

What is a USB Fishaquarium you may ask?

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Well imagine at your desk you have a spot where you keep your pens and pencils… maybe a small notepad or sticky note pad… a place where you keep your cell phone which you occasionally check throughout the day even though you shouldn’t be.. you know… the usual cubical things.

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Touch the Skies

Many techies out there love the latest and greatest gadgets – seeing what is offered up by the brilliant minds that be. We here at Cool Green Gadgets love to see really innovative and fun uses of technology into new toys and items.

Remember growing up and playing with the little toy red laser pointers. They sold filters to screw on the ends that would make funny pictures or mesmerizing patterns on the wall.

Your mother would always yell at you for pointing it at your sister’s face… Sorry sis.

They were so much fun. Toy around with the cat and run it all around the house while it tries to catch it. Or just be a flat out pain in the neck by tormenting others who you choose to target with the red dot of doom!

Technology has come a long way since the simple red laser days.

Behold.

Arctic Laser

This isn’t your childhood laser. Not even close.

This baby is what technology has created, and better yet… made it affordable.

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Out of the Clouds

We are definitely in the digital age. Everything is done on computers, laptops, and more than ever, smart phones.

Remember the days when you’d be your mom to use the actual camera – snap a photo and then flop it around in your hands until it develops?

Those days are long gone, sadly.

Nowadays everyone has thousands of photos they’ve snapped on their smart phones and uploaded to the cloud – never to be seen or enjoyed again. There is something about taking pictures so easily now with our phones that make them so dispensable.

Have you noticed that you were never much into photography as a child, at least this goes for me, a kid growing up in the 90’s. But really, there was something special about photographs back then. You had hard copies of them so you had to deal with things like keeping them from bending or tearing or making sure they were in a proper frame.

They were pieces of memories to view and enjoy scatter around the home or flipped through in large bulky albums.

Now there have been many clever ideas that came up to solve the millions of photos floating around the cloud… companies now can collaborate photo albums for you and ship them to you using all smarty pants technology and sorting algorithms to give you some usefulness and value out of all those pictures you uploaded on facebook.

Here at Cool Green Gadgets – we miss the old days and are super happy to show you this!

The Impossible Instant Lab

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What a fitting name for this beauty!

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Charge from Anywhere, Literally! Well kinda…

Got my HTC One – Check

Laptop – Check

Tablet – Check

(I mean how could I survive anywhere without these, right?)

Come to find out you forgot your charger!! Well… that was basically your lifeline juice to all this technology and now you’re rendered useless, stranded, alone… oh the horrors!

Fear not my techie lovers! For there is a new way, an ECO FRIENDLY way to keep those devices full of electrical goodness! It’s a solar panel charger for your devices!!

Take a look:

solar phone chargerThis is the latest and greatest from Wagan Tech! How cool is this – a solar panel that folds up for easy transport where you can actually charge your electronics…

We said the same thing. HOW STINKIN COOL

But why not? We have solar panel technology and plenty of devices to take advantage of it; hell, we have solar panel roofs powering entire homes now – so why not take advantage of this super cool eco-friendly technology to help us with what our generation is attached to – i.e. their electronic devices.

What about reliability?

Okay so we are talking solar panels and so naturally we understand certain limitations;

  1. You need sunlight. This baby won’t help you if you are stranded anywhere between 8 pm and 6 am without enough power in your phone or tablet. You can always keep it in your car for an emergency back up – but there are many variables like time of day as well as weather conditions which may interrupt the effectiveness.
  2. You need to lug it around. Sure we have become used to a carrying case holding our tablets and laptops so this may not be a huge disadvantage – but I cannot ignore the reasonably large padded folder I’ll need to keep handy wherever I may roam (<– great song might I add). So there is debate on how user friendly this device is…I mean they do their best to keep it wrapped up in a small package with very familiar characteristics that closely resemble the laptop and tablet cases, but I can guarantee it will lug some unwanted weight.
  3. Is it worth the coin? This puppy comes in over $100 which makes us think, would it be more beneficial to just buy and store a couple more chargers in some opportune places like your car (maybe your electric car?), work, and in your laptop case? This price tag isn’t terrible considering its longevity potential an eco-friendly benefits, but it does leave one to make some hard comparisons.

It will be determined by the people to see if such a gadget takes seed among the masses but we can confidently say we love this gadget – such a clever way to integrate a fantastic technology that solar panels offer into a very usable and practical solution.

With cell phones, tablets, and laptops going nowhere anytime soon – why not enjoy some delicious free solar energy to keep your toys in top function… and if it’s a cloudy day – just think of Annie

The sun will come out tomorrow!

 

Modern Times and Modern Rides

Take a look around nowadays…

Electric StationThere are more hybrid and electric cars than ever before! Chances are you’ve probably seen one or two full electric charging stations  on highway rest stops already, right?

We are in an age of advancement with brilliant minds seeking alternate fuel methods. This has led our generation to view an unprecedented number of full on plug in electric cars…

did you ever think we’d get here? It’s like super futuristic isn’t it?

These cars run very well and the batteries last long enough for any person’s everyday traveling needs throughout the day. But just how mainstream are these electric cars, could you name any?

It may surprise you to know that all the major players in the auto industry have taken up the electric car as a model that is needed to compete in sales… take a look:

The Chevy Spark. GM manufactured, this puppy gets you 80 miles to a charge. Not crazy impressive by regular car standards… but for just under $27,000 and fully electric I’d say that is pretty fair bargain and very capable vehicle!

The Nissan Leaf. Another major manufacturer producing a pure electric vehicle which is a 5 door hatchback offering commuters who drive under 100 miles per day a fantastic all electric solution.

The Ford Focus Electric. Don’t think Ford would miss out on the shift in technology relating to cars… this bad boy gets the job done with the rest of the competition with a bit larger room to spare inside.

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