Earth Day gives us one day a year to really focus on our environmental impact, take a step back and revisit our daily actions that might not be in the best interest of our awesome planet. It’s also a day for us techies and apocalypse-ready peeps to browse for new gadgets that could help us survive an all out Armageddon-style fall out, because let’s face it … there wouldn’t be an Earth Day without a sliver of doubt that our good ol’ planet might one day cease to support the life it helped to spawn. Here’s our list of eco-friendly, zombie-ready products in show of support for Earth Day 2013:
Goal Zero: Switch 8 Solar Recharging Kit
Need a quick boost? This pocket-sized portable charger is smaller than a roll of quarters, but can still charge your smartphone or GPS on the fly.
If you’re running from the undead, the Switch 8 won’t weigh you down either — It only weighs seven-tenths of a pound and can be easily stored in a pocket.
Switch 8 can be purchased on the Goal Zero websiteor at REI for $119.99.
Bracketron: Stone GreenZero
The Stone GreenZero completely eliminates any stand-by power consumption by automatically shutting off once your device is completely charged — A must have feature if you’re saving every bit of that precious energy … Why risk your life against falling space debris if you don’t have to?
The Stone GreenZero can be purchased at Bracketron’s website and retails for a measly $24.95.
Netatmo: Urban Weather Station
So, you’ve got base camp all set up, but you need a reliable way to determine if the next super storm is moving towards you and your cargo. Consider the Urban Weather Station from Netatmo. It’s the very first personal weather station designed for mobile devices that pairs with its own app to help users track temperature, humidity, air quality, and other notable variables that might just mean the difference between getting caught in the storm and staying high and dry.
The Urban Weather Station includes an indoor and outdoor module so you can keep up with changes in both the environments that matter. It features real-time notifications, an average noise level assessment, a detailed extended forecast, and a nifty light indicator for CO2 levels — a nice feature for ensuring your camp has sufficient ventilation.
The Urban Weather Station can be purchased on the Netatmo websitefor $179.
Etón: BoostTurbine 2000
The BoostTurbine 2000 features a 2000mAh rechargeable lithium battery for alternative power when and where you need it. It boasts Micro-USB port to accommodate most mobile gadgets and can be cranked for one minute to provide four minutes of talk time on an average mobile phone.
The BoostTurbine 2000 can be purchased from Etón’s websiteor Amazon for $59.99.
Stove and thermoelectric generator in one — the perfect combination for lone survival while evading the undead and keeping your electronic devices charged and at the ready.
BioLite’s CampStove uses a patent-pending thermoelectric technology to convert heat to electricity. It has a USB power output that will satisfy most mobile device recharging requirements, and requires zero fuel to lug around — unlike other portable stoves.
The BioLite CampStove can be picked up at BioLite’s websitefor $129.95 — a freaking steal!
Barnett Wildcat C5 Black Crossbow
It’s mean, it’s green, it’s a zombie-ready crossbow from Barnett.
The Barnett Wildcat C5 Black Crossbow is a must have for any apocalypse kit. It’s a solid investment for those that want to keep themselves and loved ones protected during uncertain times.
Check out our previous post on the Wildcat C5 for more information.
The Crossbow itself can be picked up on Amazon for $322.99.
Have any other gadgets that you think qualify as Earth Day approved? Let us know in the comments below.
Chase Williams is a serial entrepreneur, professional procrastinator, dreamer, explorer and risk taker. He's been weightless aboard a NASA C9-B aircraft and his head hasn't quite come back down from the upper-atmosphere. To keep up with his low-oxygen chatter, follow him on Twitter @ChaseHWill