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February, 2012

Green gadgets

5 Green Gadgets for 2012

It's a new year. Why not start it off right with something cool and green? High-tech gadgets are all over the place, featuring some of the most innovative technology out there. We picked five useful, money-saving, high-tech and just plain fun gadgets that will make sure you're a real trendsetter in 2012.

Water Powered Clock

No batteries, no electricity, no problem. Just fill up this little guy with some water and its LCD screen is good to go for up to 12 weeks. The ergonomic design is sleek and modern, and comes in two colors—blue or gray. If you think it's time to go green, pick one up for around $25 at Hammacher-Schlemmer.

Pivot Power Strip

Cell phones, laptops, TVs, mp3 players, lamps, and more. Good luck getting all the different sized plugs and adapters to fit on a single power strip. The quirky Pivot Power Strip's unique design gives you the freedom and flexibility to actually use every possible outlet. You can even wrap around furniture and squeeze into hard to reach places with its long cord. Get yours for $30 on Amazon.

Laptop Solar Charger

Most solar chargers can't power much more than a cell phone. But with a powerful 16,000 mAh battery and 31 unique adapter tips, this solar laptop battery charger will charge just about any portable electronic device. Say goodbye to messy cables and your bag of power adapters. Even on those cloudy days without sun, you can plug it into a wall socket to recharge. It's not cheap at over $150 on Amazon but might be well worth the investment for the modern green traveler.

Battery Powered Lawnmower

Finally, someone came up with a lawnmower as green as the grass it cuts. Created by Neuton, it features a 360 watt-hour Duracell rechargeable battery that lasts for an hour, depending on your lawn. Surprisingly, it packs enough punch to handle even long, wet grass. The coolest part might just be how it's stored—it folds in half and stands vertically to help save valuable garage space. And at just 12 cents per charge, you'll save yourself a few greenbacks, too. Buy it from Neuton.

LED Desk Lamp

Whether you're up late paying bills online or just surfing the web, this portable LED desk lamp saves you from lighting up the whole room. It clips to just about anything—monitor, laptop, tabletop, shelf—and can be aimed at whatever angle works for your space. With two settings and 11 LED lights providing bright illumination without the heat, this might be the perfect green addition to any office or bedroom computer. It's a very reasonable $25 on Amazon. Plus, it just looks cool.

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