DIY mechanics can now build a Hybrid to save some bucks and help the planet. The XR3 holds two passengers and can get 125 mpg on diesel and 225 mpg when combined with electricity. Weighing a mere 1,480 lbs., designer Robert Q. Riley promises fast acceleration and a maximum speed of 80 mph. With a clam shell canopy and three-wheel platform, use battery power alone for up to 40 miles distance. You can build the XR3 in a diesel only model for less than $10,000.00 while a Li-ion version can cost up to $25,000.00. Plans will set you back $170.00 to $200.00.
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The HYmini is no ordinary charger/adapter. It utilizes wind and solar power as well as being able to plug into an ordinary wall plug to power up your MP3 player, PDA, digital cam or other 5V devices. The removable wind turbine literally turns green when charging at a 9mph minimal wind speed. It also features an LED night light and built in Li-Ion polymer rechargeable battery power bank. At a size of 5.4 x 3.4 x 1.3-inches, the handheld HYmini is available in black, green, or white for $49.99. Get the basic package online with solar panel and armband at a temporary sale price of $69.99.
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The Ultra Thin Credit Card Voice Recorder is another example of carry less, but do more. The 3.4 x 2.2 x .26-inch device weighs only 36g but holds 1GB of memory for almost 70 hours of record time. It has a rechargeable Li-ion battery with up to 4.5 hours of record/playback time and has flip-out USB 2.0 connectivity for file transfer or deletion. The Voice Recorder, which can also be used as an MP3 player and USB flash drive, includes earbuds and a neck strap, and is available for a price of $69.99.
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