MIT Says Relax & Recharge On A Solar Powered Rocker

Architecture students at MIT, led by Professor Sheila Kennedy, recently unveiled their latest design for the Massachusetts’ based school’s 150th anniversary Festival of Art+Science+Technology (FAST). These solar powered SOFT rockers allow you to plug in and recharge your USB device while relaxing outdoors. With a soft wood construction, the rocker makes use of the balance from human body weight to …

The PowerGorilla: Flexible Portable Power

I’ve been testing a device that just been introduced called the PowerGorilla. It’s a portable power pack that acts an emergency back-up charger for your laptop computer other other electronic gadgets. The battery inside the PowerGorilla is a lithium-ion and weighs just 631 grams (1.4 pounds). The charger will give you an extra 2-5 hours of power, depending on your …

The Greenest Cell Phones of 2008

Most cell phones don’t even come close to being green — their chargers are energy inefficient, they contain hazardous chemicals, and they not are designed for upgrading or easy recycling. Recently though, some the big players in the field like Nokia and Sony Ericsson are making moves towards green design. As far as assessing which phones are greenest, the best …

The Best Battery Chargers (For D and C Size Batteries)

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We briefly reviewed battery chargers in a previous post “The Best Rechargeable AA Batteries“. But let’s take a look at the best “Universal Battery Chargers”. These are chargers that can handle AAA, AA, C, D sized cells, and well as 9V cells.

Juice Bag: Flexible Solar Power

The “Juice Bag” is the first of its kind — a backpack with flexible solar panels built in. This means it’s lighter and less bulky that other solar backpacks. The pack has a capacity of 2500 Cubic inches, and weighs 2.5 pounds. It charges gadgets directly via a built-in female 12V car charger. The solar cells output 6.3 Watts. It’s …

Solar Chill Evaporative Coolers

Notes from Manufacturer: Recommended for drier climates. Works when humidity < 40% Features: Cut your cooling costs by up to 90% Low wattage cooling: from 20 to 150 watts This is a cooler that can run on 1 or 2 solar panels, or a car battery charger More environmentally friendly – no freon Cabinet is 24 gauge stainless steel, warranted …