SolarLED: Rechargeable Solar Lantern

by Justin Thomas •

This system features a flexible solar panel, a fluorescent lantern, and a rechargeable battery that lasts for 6 hours. Best Price: $39.95 (SurplusLED.COM)

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Ultralight Hammocks

by Justin Thomas •

This Hennessy Ultralight Backpacker Hammock is a compact and inexpensive shelter. Uniquely designed to be stable while entering the hammock, and to provide support while sleeping. It has an oversized rain-fly to protect you from the elements while you are sleeping. We like these expedition hammocks because they weigh 1 lbs. 7oz., and are substitutes for an ultralight tent, fly …

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Self-Cleaning Glass: Pilkington Activ Glass

by Justin Thomas •

"Pilkington Activ" glass needs little cleaning, reducing consumption of detergent and water. The active glass has a special nano-scale (extremely thin) coating of microcrystalline titanium oxide which reacts to daylight. The reaction breaks down dirt on the glass, and when the water hits the glass the dirt slides off. The chemical used — titanium dioxide is a fairly benign compound …

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Flexible Solar Panels

by Justin Thomas •

If you boat, hike or are basically remote, these panels are the most portable way to produce electricity yet devised. The panel above, weighing 4.7 pounds, produces 32W of 12V power, and rolls up so you can pack it. They are extremely durable and can withstand rain or being stepped on. Best Price: $268.75 (AltEnergyStore)

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Efficient Sweetener: Stevia

by Justin Thomas •

Stevia is a herb native to Paraguay whose leaves are extremely sweet. In fact they are 10-15 times as sweet as table sugar, and refined extracts are 200-300 sweeter than sugar. I can’t abide artificial sweeteners, but I use Stevia to make lemonade, and it tastes great. It takes just one dash of the extract to sweeten an entire pitcher. …

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CMG Bonfire Camplight

by Justin Thomas •

Featuring the latest LED technology, CMG’s 3-ounce Bonfire Tent Light uses a proprietary LED circuit and a three-bulb cluster that will never burn out. Unlike a traditional candle lantern or fuel cell, this lightweight, packable and durable alternative has no open flame, no burning fuel and no breakable glass. Powered by a pair of AA batteries, the Bonfire offers high …

Brunton Lamplight

by Justin Thomas •

The Brunton Lamplight is a tiny but powerful LED-powered lamp and flashlight in one. Brunton managed to focus a single LED light into a highly focused beam with the Lamplight—plenty for finding a trail in the darkness or hunting down the mouse that’s been stealing from your campsite. The Lamplight makes full use of the LED efficiency with 200 hours …

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Waterless Urinals

by Justin Thomas •

These waterless urinals are plainly more efficient than the ones currently in use in most bathrooms nationwide. They can save up to 45,000 gallons of water and more per year per urinal. They also require less maintenance, and are less prone to plumbing problems. They have no moving parts. Urine is contained under a special biodegradable liquid called BlueSeal. According …