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Eco-friendly mobile gadgets

By admin on April 27th, 2016

Are you looking to contribute your quota to saving the planet, or to cut down on your electricity bills? We’ve got you covered here with these affordable eco-friendly mobile gadgets.

eco gadgets

 

SolarKindle Lighted Cover

This gadget features a solar panel in its polyurethane body. It allows you to charge its 1500 mAh reserve battery whenever you are under a light source. You can now read your Kindle with more freedom and less worry about a flat battery.  There is equally a built in 800 lux LED reading light for people who love to read at night and you get a notification when the reserve battery is getting low.

Neon Green Lil’ Piggy Power Bank Keychain

Solar chargers are popular because with them, you can enjoy a quick game at a mobile casino like www.luckyadmiral.com or extend the length of that video call with your loved one; essentially do what you want to do for longer. Unfortunately, a good number of the solar chargers in the market today are a bit too big for most people. The Neon Green Lil’ Piggy Power Bank Keychain has changed that as with it, you have one of the smallest and most convenient solar chargers.

It is small enough to go on your keychain and the lithium battery is powerful enough to charge an iPhone or any Android phone. The solar charger also notifies you when it is time to charge it. There is a panel to capture the sun’s energy but it can equally be charged through conventional means.

Thinksound ts02 Headphones

Thinksound’s earbuds with sustainable hardwoods have been heralded for their excellent output and the ts02 is no exception. Apart from providing quality sound, the ts02 is made of 8mm earbuds with PVC-free cables and wood housing that provides authentic sounds. The earbuds are available in Silver Cherry or Black Chocolate Finish and the packaging is recyclable.

Anokimobi E-pouch

Anokimobi is a British company that has been around for a while, developing products for smartphones. Its ecoskin and e-pouch are widely known because they use Biomaster silver ions to create an antibacterial surface. The e-pouch is made up of recycled plastic bottles as well as biodegradable organic cotton.  An interesting addition to the E-pouch is the wallet section which gives you room for your credit cards. The pouch also comes in a variety of colours.

LG Rumor Reflex

According to LG, the Rumor Reflex is their greenest mobile phone yet. The mobile phone has a five-star rating for its energy-efficient battery charger which is made of 31% recycled materials. It is indeed eco-friendly.  In the Rumor Flex, PVC, beryllium, halogen and other environmentally unsafe materials have been eliminated. The mobile also comes in recycled packaging made with soy inks.

Ecobutton

This is a big USB-attached button that will remind you to save electricity. A quick press puts your notebook into power-saving sleep mode.  You can now conserve energy by hitting the button when answering a phone call, taking a break, eating a snack etc. Used in combination with setups like theGreenResolve, you can see considerable savings in energy costs.  It doesn’t hamper productivity in anyway because your laptop will wake up quickly as soon as press any key.  The software that comes with the gadget also takes note of how much power and money the gadget has saved you and the extent of your carbon footprint reduction.

How Electric Radiators Are Changing Modern Home Heating

By admin on September 12th, 2015

Night Storage Heaters have been a part of modern life for so long that they are generally just accepted as being the most efficient way to heat a home. This is largely due to the convenience they offer, which has led to consumers neglecting the potential of an alternative.

However, 21st century technology has evolved to such an extent that not only are modern electric radiator systems reaching new heights of technical superiority, they are now so  eco-friendly that we all have a duty to embrace them and take advantage of the environmental benefits they offer to contemporary homes and businesses.

Old fashioned storage heaters have been proven to harm the environment by releasing trace elements of carbon, which when combined with the hundreds of thousands of storage heaters being used on a daily basis around the world poses a genuine environmental issue that can not continue to be ignored and is being addressed by many organisations

There is also a real threat to human health due to this carbon emission as the dry burning heat that storage heaters produce has the potential to cause inflammation of the lungs; an ailment that is more likely to affect children and asthma sufferers.

Modern electric radiators are able to avoid this carbon release thanks to several technological developments such as Magmatic Heat Retention (MHR) technology.

Electric radiator

MHR acts as an updated environmentally friendly version of storage heater technology by using  small tablets to retain heat while the radiator is switched on, with the capability of releasing this heat gradually later once the system is no longer connected to the mains, only modern radiators consume just a third of the energy needed by those older models.

MHR tablets are so advanced that they also work much faster than old storage heaters, being able to generate heat from the coldest temperature settings to the very hottest in less than half an hour.

Another key modern technical advancement that lets electric radiators perform in an eco-friendly way while also providing the best possible user experience is Multi-Fin Designed (MFD) technology.

MFD works by using a series of small fins located inside the radiator that will evenly circulate heat around a room for greater comfort and faster heating times, using less energy and lowering electricity costs in the process

Many electric radiators offer a technology that combines MHR and MFD for maximum efficiency. When these technologies are used together they release a hybrid air that combines the comfort offered by radiated heat with the equal distribution provided by convected heat. German electric radiators are particularly well known for combining these capabilities.

Another good reason for homes and businesses to embrace modern radiator designs is the trendy designs they boast. Modern radiator appearances are able to match the style of any modern décor thanks to having a sleek design that fits appropriately into a room without distracting from its surroundings. This is a look far removed from the unflattering appearance of old storage heaters.

West Country Heating offer a number of sophisticated modern electric radiators ideal for use in all homes and businesses. Contact them today to learn more.

Top 10 most useful Eco Gadgets available today

By admin on August 12th, 2014

Are there any useful eco gadgets available today? A million dollar question! Eco gadgets as all of us are aware, are environment friendly and save us a lot in terms of energy bills and conservation. With the threat of global warming looming large, it is wise to shift to a more eco-friendly lifestyle, without a doubt. In this piece, we have analyzed the presently available gadgets and tried to showcase the more useful ones. In fact, there are many more of such gadgets across the globe, however, not many suit our present lifestyles. Check out his list and find out how you can substitute the presently used energy-gobbling products at your home or office.

1. Water Powered Can Clock : Manufactured by H2O Power, this can shaped clock is powered solely by water and incorporates the latest long-life hydro-power technology.

Although, the device looks a little weird, consider the possibilities of its uniqueness sitting in your drawing room. Actually, it is quite stylish the clock itself has a high contrast display.

Water Powered Can Clock

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K3 Solar and Wind Charger

By Anny on May 11th, 2013

Here is a unique charger that can be powered both by solar power as well as by wind energy.  The gadget has a built-in solar panel which coverts solar energy into an electric charge which can be used to charge your mobile phone, iPod, camera  etc. A mini turbine mounted on the top rotates when placed against the wind and turns an internal dynamo which again generates electricity. The rechargeable internal battery of the gadget  can also be charged by a normal ac charger.

K3 Solar and Wind Charger

The gadget is quite useful when you are travelling, trekking or camping. It’s one of a very few portable gadgets which charge by wind energy and is a perfect alternative to conventional charges, especially when you have no access to electricity. The gadget can be arranged on your motorcycle or jeep so that it directly faces the wind while you are driving.  Under standard conditions, an hour of sunlight and a sufficientlystrong wind should charge your  phone for about 30 minutes of talking.

The device has an USB port which can be used to connect it to an external power source such as from a computer or a vehicle power outlet. It also comes with a mini and micro USB tip making it useful for a vast variety of phones. A built-in LED power indicator shows the current power status

The K3 Solar and Wind charger is priced at $99.95 and can be purchased from the below link.

http://www.earthtechproducts.com/k3-solar-and-wind-charger.html

Dimensions: 3 Inches in Length, 3.1 inches wide and a height of 9.3 inches

Color: Green and black with a white mini turbine

Weight: 10.6 Ounces

Battery specifications: Rechargeable Lithium ion cell (4000mAh) DC output- 5V 1amp 5W

The package includes a the K3 Solar and Wind Charger gadget, multiple device tips, USB cable AC Wall Adapter, a handy drawstring bag and a user guide.

Plugless Power Vehicle Charging System for Electronic Cars

By Anny on April 27th, 2013

Electric vehicles are fast becoming an alternative to fuel powered vehicles as they are non-polluting and cost efficient.  However, they require a wired charger which needs to be connected to the vehicle while charging. Often this is not quite feasible as your packing space might not have a socket nearby. To overcome such choke points in using electric powered vehicles, Evatran Inc which is a Virginia based technology company has introduced a revolutionary device that can charge your vehicle wireless using the principal of electromagnetic induction. It safe, convenient and hands-free and allows you to charge your vehicle anywhere.

Plugless Power Vehicle Charging System for Electronic Cars

Here’s how it works: The device needs a floor mounted parking pod along with a separate adapter unit in the vehicle. The parking pad uses the electric current to create a magnetic field which is received by the adapter in the vehicle. This is again converted into a current which charges the vehicle. The parking ad is floor mounted and is controlled by a separate power control module. Also included is an indicator which guides the user in aligning the vehicle correctly and displays the charging status. The system automatically gets activated once the vehicle is in the correct slot and shuts off whenit’s fully charged. You also have an option to turn off the charging and move your vehicle after sometime and can also use a normal cord based charger.

It currently supports the Chevrolet Volt ad the Nissan Leaf models. The model is yet to be released and is estimated to cost around $3000 along with installation by their team of professionals. A pre-launch unit was also installed in Google headquarters in March 2011.The device can be installed in your home, office as well as in commercial establishments.  It can also be used by fleet owners who would need to regularly charge their vehicles.

To know more, just access www.pluglesspower.com

Logitech K750- Light Powered Wireless Keyboard

By Anny on April 25th, 2013

Logitech is a renowned name in computer consumables and its latest addition the Logitech K750 solar powered keyboard is a must have for every gadget enthusiast.  The K750 suits Windows based operating systems while its counterpart the K760 is designed for Macs, iPad and iPhones. Both the keyboards are solar powered and can also charge from a normal light in the room or even from the monitor lamination. The device is super sleek with  a thickness of just 1/3 inches and comes with a long range wireless connection of 2.4gHz.

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750

The PVC free construction is also made from fully recyclable materials and the design process leaves a minimal carbon footprint. One full charge allows you to use the keyboard for up to 3 months in total darkness . You can place it in the sun for optimum charge, else the indoor light including the monitor would be sufficient to charge it. Smooth, comfortable and fluid keystrokes make you effortlessly use the keyboard.

The built-in Unifying receiver also allows you to add a compatible mouse, keyboard etc-  by using the same tiny received plugged-in to the USB port. It’s quite a good choice if you are looking for a wireless keyboard as it eliminates the need for a battery charger and is powered by light.

The package comes with the keyboard, unifying receiver a, wireless extender and a handy cleaning cloth. You can buy it from leading retailers and can also purchase it from their website or from Amazon at the below link.

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wireless-Solar-Keyboard-K750/dp/B004MF11MU

iZen Bamboo Bluetooth Keyboard

By Anny on April 23rd, 2013

Bamboo accessories are fast becoming a fashion trend as the raw material can be easily sourced and used in multiple ways. One such electronic consumable application of bamboo is the Bamboo Bluetooth keyboard from iZen.  The use of bamboo does away with plastic panel which often end up in landfills or is incarcerated. Not only does this reduce the pollution associated with using plastics, but also reduces the carbon footprint for the product manufacturing cycle as the basic raw material is naturally available.

iZen Bamboo Bluetooth Keyboard

The device is a wireless keyboard and uses Bluetooth technology to communicate with the computer. It can be used for normal computers, Apple iPad’s, iPhones and Android tablets with Bluetooth protocol. It entirely built with bamboo which includes the case and keys and is both attractive as well as Eco-friendly. The device has a built in rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charges with a USB 2.0 cable  which is included in the package. It works well with Mac as well as Windows powered computers and comes in Mac styled keyboard layout along with multimedia keys. The product just weighs 1.1lbs and can be purchased online  from http://www.izenbamboo.com/. It costs $9.

Do also check out their other utility product ranges made from Bamboo which include a sleek iPhone case, an Ipad Sleeve, a desktop Bamboo keyboard with mouse and many more. Using Bamboo is an Eco-friendly alternative to plastic and also looks unique and stylish too.

iZen Bamboo is a Colorado based company which uses Bamboo in all its featured product and contributes 1% of its profits to environmental organizations worldwide.  Bamboo grows much faster than regular trees and does not require any special soil, fertilizers or pesticides and can be used for diverse applications.

Vine.com -Your one Stop Eshop for Eco-Friendly Goods

By Anny on December 13th, 2012

Quidsi.com today launched vine.com which is an exclusive store for Eco-friendly products. You can now shop from thousands of Eco-friendly brands across a wide range of categories in the comfort of your home. All items are backed by Vine.com’s 365-day return guarantee policy.

Vine.com- Your one stop eshop for eco-friendly goods

 

All of their products are thoroughly reviewed to ensure that they are either from natural organic sources, or are non-polluting, or have been through an Eco-friendly manufacturing process. This ensures that you shop with a sense of pride for having contributed in safeguarding the environment.

You can search products by name, brand, category, certifications and also by criteria such as organic, gluten-free, cruelty-free, fair trade or energy efficient. A dedicated team of phone and email customer support staff would be available 24/7 to help you with your issues. You can also check the exclusive “Vine Picks” which are individually certified by their team. You also have an option to search for local retailers within a geographic range. By this you can promote local businesses and also reduce the environmental impact that shipping would have.

They have a huge selection of products which included apparel and accessories, sports and leisure goods and also gifting ranges. You can also shop for fair trade, made in USA and cruelty free listings. They also have an exclusive section for pets as well as for health and wellness.

The site offers gift certificates from $25 to $1500 which can be redeemed on merchandize through vine.com and their family of sites . Your referrals would get a flat 15% discount on their first purchase. The site offers free shipping for orders above $49 or $39 for combined purchases from their other sites. Shipping is fast, and you would get the product within 2 business days.

Recycled Pulp Fashioned into Doughnut shaped Pulp MP3 speakers

By Anny on August 12th, 2012

Pulp MP3 speakers

Sharing the music and videos with friends is really amazing, but better it would be if the gadgets would charge from renewable energy like solar powered electric energy or keep the Go Green rules followed. At the moment, the market is offering us eco-friendly speakers which are more like acoustic docks which boost the audio source and they can be charged with renewable energy sources. Their experience is not satisfactory however, and to deal with this problem, Chin Yang and Balance Wu have developed Pulpop MP3 speaker that has been made from recycled material and will work on vibration speaker technology for audio amplifying through the surface that supporting it and a hollow space which is beneath the doughnut design. (more…)

Body heat powered Computers a step closer

By Anny on August 10th, 2012

Body heat powered Computers

Heat is the greatest enemy of modern electronics and leads to spawn errors and fry the all components of gadgets. But latest technology have turned heat to be utilized for our advantages by creating such eco-friendly devices that will run and charge on heat evolved from our bodies and external atmosphere. It resulted in advanced thermal computers that run off of body heat or other form of heat energy which will be present around us. (more…)