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Get your green on with Kinesis Industries’ gadget that can charge your cell phone or MP3 player by either solar or wind power. The K3 is heavy duty, weatherproof and can provide 30 minutes of talk time or 300 minutes of music after one hour. When full, it can charge a cell phone about 5 times and an iPod or other player about 10 times. It has a USB port built in with various adapter tips and an inside space for storing them. Due out in June, contact Kinesis for price and more specifications.
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Home Energy International in Holland has created the Energy Ball, an egg beater shaped wind turbine. Moving parallel to the wind, it generates less noise than the wind itself. It works at speeds as slow 4.5 mph while the average turbine needs about twice that to turn. The Energy Balls are sold in 1 and 2 meter versions, for $3,500 and $7,000 (not including installation,) but we would much rather see these dotting the landscape than more nuclear power plants.
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Get your kids thinking about alternate energy sources with the Tamiya Loopwing Wind Power Generator Set. The windmill has a loop-wing design with low-friction connectors that needs very little breeze to run. A rechargeable vehicle is included that, after a 5 to 10 minute charge, can run for 1 to 2 minutes. The set has a double gear for light wind and triple for strong, and the base can also be used as a handle. Pre-order for $67.00, which sounds expensive until you realize no fuel costs are involved.
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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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