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Published on December 11th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Holiday Gift Guide: The 8 Best Green Gadget Gifts

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December 11th, 2008 by
 
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It’s once again time to start looking at potential holiday gifts for the green techie in your life (or maybe time to tell other people what you want). But don’t worry about spending hours combing the web — we have a bunch of awesome ideas for you right here.

The Voltaic Backpack

This tough, lightweight solar backpack is big enough for weekend hikes or everyday use. Pockets and channels are placed throughout the backpack for multiple electronic devices. The pack’s solar panels provide 4 watts of power. A battery pack is included for energy storage.

kill-a-watt

The Kill-A-Watt

This ultra-cool power strip tells you how efficient plugged-in appliances are by the numbers. The Kill-A-Watt monitors Line Frequency, Amperage, KWH, Current Leakage, and more. A surge protector keeps your electronics safe.

plant sensor

EasyBloom Plant Sensor

Do you a lack a green thumb but still have the urge to garden? It might be worth checking out Plantsense’s EasyBloom Plant Sensor. The device collects data on sunlight, soil moisture and temperature in order to determine the suitability of various locations for growing plants. The all-purpose sensor can also diagnose sick plants and tell you if they need watering.

mini kin

Mini Kin Wind-Powered Personal Charger

This little gadget lets you charge electronics with a strong breeze. The Mini Kin comes with a suction cup and adjustable arm, as well as adapters for multiple cell phone brands. According to the product site, the wind-powered charger provides up to 150 minutes of call time from 60 minutes of charging.

clock

Bedol Water-Powered Clock

This slick-looking clock uses water to power itself. Just fill the tank with tap water and a hint of lemon juice to get it working. The water supply needs to be changed every once in awhile, but otherwise Bedol’s clock is self-sustaining.

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The Anklelite

For the environmentally-conscious biker in your life, check out the Anklelite solar-powered bike light. The Anklelite provides 360 degrees of lighting and comes with both flashing and constant modes.

solar charger

Solio Solar-Powered Charger

Solio’s compact charger can store power from the sun or the socket. When fully charged, the Solio can recharge an average phone up to two times or provide 15 hours of MP3 music. One hour of sun provides 15 minutes of talk time or 40 minutes of music. The Solio also features a USB charging cable, mini-USB tip, and cell phone adapters.

hard drive

SimpleTech [re]drive Hard Drive

Simpletech’s attractive hard drive is made with renewable, naturally grown bamboo and recyclable aluminum. The hard drive uses minimal power and comes with an Energy Star power adapter. And for time-conscious consumers, its Turbo USB 2.0 interface is up to 25 percent faster than USB 2.0.

Photo Credits: Voltaic Systems, P3 International, EasyBloom, Mini Kin, Bedol, Pedalite, Solio, SimpleTech

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



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  • Bill

    Great gift ideas! I also like the NatureMill automatic indoor composter which is not on this list but I saw it at Costco today. It’s a cool little composter that recycle food scraps into compost. It does all the mixing, aerating automatically. It also heat the compost so you can use it to compost meat and dairy which I think is amazing because most compost tumblers can’t handle that unless you want your compost to stink up your backyard or attract rats. This conmposter has an air-filter to absorb the smell and the manufacture claim that you can you use it indoor. Well, I’m adding the NatureMill composter to my wish list. Will see how it works.

    If you are interested, check it out at http://www.naturemill.com

  • Bill

    Great gift ideas! I also like the NatureMill automatic indoor composter which is not on this list but I saw it at Costco today. It’s a cool little composter that recycle food scraps into compost. It does all the mixing, aerating automatically. It also heat the compost so you can use it to compost meat and dairy which I think is amazing because most compost tumblers can’t handle that unless you want your compost to stink up your backyard or attract rats. This conmposter has an air-filter to absorb the smell and the manufacture claim that you can you use it indoor. Well, I’m adding the NatureMill composter to my wish list. Will see how it works.

    If you are interested, check it out at http://www.naturemill.com

  • http://www.verdantcomputing.com/ Carl

    Also worth checking out is the HYmini. It’s similar to the Mini Kin, but it also has the option of attaching solar panels or a hand crank to it.

  • http://www.verdantcomputing.com/ Carl

    Also worth checking out is the HYmini. It’s similar to the Mini Kin, but it also has the option of attaching solar panels or a hand crank to it.

  • http://www.alternativeenergyweblog.com/ Alternative Energy Weblog

    Very cool list! Thank you!

  • http://www.alternativeenergyweblog.com/ Alternative Energy Weblog

    Very cool list! Thank you!

  • Ana

    The Anklelite I see myself getting one of those. Nice post.

  • Ana

    The Anklelite I see myself getting one of those. Nice post.

  • Carl

    I think the Solio is really cool , but I am offering it as a prize for a contest on my site and the response is not what I expected. Great post though!

  • Carl

    I think the Solio is really cool , but I am offering it as a prize for a contest on my site and the response is not what I expected. Great post though!

  • Payperbiz

    I think I want the solar powered charger. It’s an energy saver. This Christmas, I’m contemplating on any of these gadgets or first-rate electronics for my hubby.

  • Payperbiz

    I think I want the solar powered charger. It’s an energy saver. This Christmas, I’m contemplating on any of these gadgets or first-rate electronics for my hubby.

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