Green Tech

Anker 625 Solar Panel Review: It Keeps the Powerhouse Going

We recently reviewed the Anker 757 PowerHouse, which is their new portable power station. It is packed with features and super high quality. The Anker 625 Solar Panel is a 100W recharging solution that will keep the 757 powered up on the go or in emergencies. We were able to test it out in the hot Texas sun; let’s look at how that went.


Swagtron Swagcycle Pro Pedal-Free eBike Review: All of the Fun, None of the Work!

My son recently learned how to ride a bike, and it’s opened up a whole new world of excitement for him. In the fearless way of all small children, he’s jumping curbs and taking frighteningly tight turns like a pro. On the other hand, I am old and have a bad knee, making it a lot harder for me to keep up with him. So when I had the chance to check out the Swagtron Swagcycle Pro, I was super excited for the assist!


Acer Aspire Vero Notebooks Help You Make Every Day Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day, which marks the 52nd anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. If you’re of the “reduce, reuse, and recycle” mindset (as I hope you are), and you’re in the market for a new laptop, you might want to look at the Acer Aspire Vero notebook line. The Aspire Vero uses 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics in its chassis, 50% PCR plastics in its keyboard caps, comes in 100% recyclable packaging, and is held together with standard screws for easy disassembly when it’s time for repairs, upgrades, and eventual recycling.



Piana Technology E/Smart Fiber Is Cool, Light, and It Helps the Environment!

Likely, you don’t give much thought to the amount of polyurethane foam in our everyday lives. Everything from our beds to chairs to cars and airplanes is stuffed full of PU foam. It’s not recyclable, and when it hits the end of its life, we just dump it in a landfill. But there may be a better option soon available with the reusable Piana Technology E/Smart Fiber.


WHOOSH! Keeps Your Devices Sparkling Clean, and Now There’s an Eco-Friendly Refill!

WHOOSH! products make it easy to keep your devices and displays sparkling clean. Their products don’t contain harsh ingredients that can be harmful to you or your device, and their products are designed to be safe for you, your screen, and the environment. Now, they are getting even more eco-friendly with concentrated refills for their reusable bottles and cartridges.


Coalatree Switchback Shirt Review: Comfortable, Cool, Eco-Friendly Shirt Made from Coffee Grounds and Plastic Bottles

“I’d like a shirt made from old soda bottles and coffee grounds,” said no one ever. That is, until Coalatree, purveyors of “Eco-Minded Goods,” created their Switchback Shirt. At $79.99, the Coalatree Switchback Shirt is not inexpensive, but it’s an unusual shirt with a lot going for it. Available in several colors, the Switchback Shirt is currently on sale for just $67.99.


Incipio Organicore Case Review: Protect Your Phone and the Planet

Around Earth Day, we told you about the Incipio Organicore iPhone and Samsung Galaxy cases; they’re biodegradable, and the Eden Project has a 1 for 1 promise to plant a tree for each case sold. We’ve had an iPhone 11 Incipio Organicore Case in for review. It turns out that Organicore is more than just environmental promises; it’s also excellent smartphone protection!


P&G’s EC30 Line Highlights Sustainability and Carbon Neutral Cleaning

If you think about the products you buy to clean yourself and your home, you’ll recognize that in many cases, the first ingredient is water and the packaging is plastic. Proctor & Gamble has created the EC30 Line to address these issues. By removing water, liquid stabilizers, and fillers, these cleaning products contain only the essential ingredients. They are sustainable, and for every EC30 product purchased, conservation projects in the US are funded.


Samsung Goes Greener and Offers More Accessibility with New TVs

At Samsung’s (virtual) press conference presentation yesterday, the company announced new products and initiatives that reflect their commitment to innovation. Televisions that are more immersive than ever were on display, as were innovations that can make entertainment more accessible to more people. Here’s a look at some of what they shared.


Razor EcoSmart Metro HD Electric Scooter Is a Fun Yet Practical Ride

I had previously reviewed the e Prime Air, one of Razor’s motorized scooters. It’s a fun way to get around, but between our hilly roads and my being 185 pounds, the motor couldn’t always keep up. The new Razor EcoSmart Metro HD Electric Scooter I received for review is even more fun and has a more powerful motor.


Xiaomi Impresses with Their Latest Launch

Xiaomi may not be the first brand that people in the US think of for smartphones, but they are ranked at #4 worldwide behind Samsung, Huawei, and Apple. Their smartphones have garnered praise from stateside reviewers for having excellent cameras, best-in-class features, and, most importantly, affordability. But Xiaomi makes more than just smartphones; they also sell home, health, and lifestyle products that include routers, fitness bands, LED desk lamps, air purifiers, and electric scooters, to name just a few.


Gear Diary’s Best of CES 2020 Awards

Another CES has come and gone, and as we have in the past, we’ve sorted through hundreds upon hundreds of products to bring you the ones we thought were the most exciting, useful, disruptive, or clever. Take a look at our Best of CES 2020 award picks, and see what you think!


Segway-Ninebot Unveils Futuristic New Personal Transportation Options

Remember the scene in Jurassic World where the protagonists tour the island and —spoiler alert — are eventually attacked by dinosaurs inside futuristic-looking gyrospheres?  Well, Segway was inspired by these vehicles to create the Segway S-Pod, a safe, self-balancing personal transportation vehicle built for enclosed campuses like airports and malls.  Segway-Ninebot is also debuting the new Kickscooter Air T15 as well.


Segway Ninebot Poised to Debut New eScooter and eMoped at CES 2020

Having already established itself as a leader in “last mile” innovation, Segway Ninebot plans to expand its foothold on the market with two brand new electric micro-mobility vehicles in 2020.  The Ninebot eMoped and Ninebot eScooter will help travelers get from point A to point B much more efficiently and cost-effectively thanks to intelligent safety features.



Woken Compostable Espresso Pods Remove the Single-Serve-Coffee-Making Guilt

Everyone likes the convenience and choice offered by using a single-serve coffee maker, right? But one of the biggest problems is that single-serve coffee makers produce unrecyclable waste. Some coffee pod makers offer to recycle used pods, but you have to return those used pods to them. Woken Coffee makes user compostable pods that reduce waste with minimal effort.



Swagtron Debuts Lineup of Sick New Electric Vehicles at CES 2019

At CES in Las Vegas, our friends at Swagtron dropped details on a ton of new, upcoming products for 2019. Swagtron is continuing their evolution from their beginnings with hoverboards to affordable alternative transportation options. In 2019, you’ll start to see a lot of new Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs), including e-bikes, electric scooters, and electric skateboards.



Birksun Boost 2 Solar Backpack: Clean Power on the Go

I split my time between writing freelance, playing music, and helping my entrepreneur wife run her makerspace. So as you can imagine, I’m on the go a lot. I visit a steady rotation of local cafes, bookstores, and libraries — laptop and smartphone in hand so I can do my work, stay in contact with clients, and work on music.