Alternative Energy Sources to Power Your Tech Devices

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Whether we care to admit it or not, we rely pretty heavily on our tech devices. Our eyes are glued to Google maps and Siri takes care of dialing our nearest and dearest. Our dependence on tech demands that devices be in full working order at all times. When running out of energy is not an option and plugging in is not readily available, alternative energy are a wallet-friendly and eco-friendly way to juice up. We’ve rounded up some alternative modes of energy (and the devices that use them) to power your most important equipment.

Solar Energy

Offgrid Solar Backpack and Bags

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These nifty panels can charge phones, tablets, laptops, game systems and more. The panel can be purchased separately or as part of a bag, from which it can still be removed. $99-$399

Solar-Powered Helmet

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It’s unclear if this prototype has been mass produced as of yet, but this wind and solar-powered bike helmet allows you to charge your device while you bike to your destination! Arrive to a meeting all powered up. $22

Lucio

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This tasteful table serves as a light-powered energy point that recharges electronic devices. Unlike other charging systems, this table is a fully functional and attractive piece of furniture in the home. Still in prototype.

Wind Energy

Trinity

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When you hear “wind turbine,” you probably don’t think small or portable. Trinity is a portable power system that harnesses wind power just as those do in a massive field. This mini powerhouse offers a USB connection and a tripod for easy charging. You can preorder it on Kickstarter now. $299

Kinetic Energy

Kinetic Cell Phone

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All this proposed phone requires for talk time is a few turns on the wrist. Although it might not be the “smartest” on the block, the ease of recharging makes it pretty clever in our book. Other kinetic-based charger prototypes have also been circulated in the more recent past. Still in prototype.

RollOn

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The RollOn brings new meaning to the phrase “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” The top wheel of the device is rolled by the user to charge this MP3 player. The designer suggests that the user get creative when they roll the device for a deeper emotional connection between user and product. Still in prototype.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Horizon MiniPak

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The MiniPak claims to charge smartphones, GPS handhelds, Go-Pro type cameras and MP3 players, USB lighting devices, USB fans and USB speakers for MP3 players or smart-phones. The Hydrostik cartridge is refillable with the use of Horizon’s own Hydrofill refueling system. The cartridge is also recyclable and allows hydrogen to be stored in a solid state. $299

The Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle and the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

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Both of these hydrogen-powered models have zero fuel emissions and solely emit water vapor. This clean means of fueling gives us hope for the future. Contact for pricing.

Hydro Energy

H2Only Battery

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These batteries run on, you guessed it, liquid of any form are available as a light or flashlight recharges when liquid is poured onto it. The logistics sound a bit messy but H2Only seem to have succeeded where others like them currently produced, come up short on the juice (in all forms). Still in prototype.

Tell Us

Have you used or read about the next big thing in tech and renewable energy? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

 

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