Green gad­gets

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For those who don’t want to go the whole hog and make a ma­jor in­vest­ment, there are a num­ber of in­no­va­tive gad­gets that can be used to charge smaller de­vices such as phones, tablets and low-en­ergy LED lights with­out us­ing mains elec­tric­ity. Devil Watt ( dev­il­, an Amer­i­can com­pany, has launched a range of com­pact ther­mo­elec­tric gen­er­a­tors that are sim­ply mounted on a wood-burn­ing stove to gen­er­ate enough en­ergy from oth­er­wise wasted heat for light­ing and charg­ing, and since they are wa­ter-cooled they can also be used to drive mod­est heat­ing sys­tems.

Check out Waka Waka (, which makes so­lar power banks that will charge all man­ner of de­vices via mul­ti­ple USB ports. These cost from €49.95 to €99.95 and claim to of­fer up to 200 hours of light off one day’s sun­shine. And Bi­o­lite ( bi­o­li­teen­ makes a mini wood­burner that, as well as boil­ing wa­ter for your morn­ing cof­fee, drives a gen­er­a­tor to power up mo­bile de­vices. It costs around €180.

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