Bracketron’s Mushroom GreenZero, Stone GreenZero and Stone Battery Kill Vampire Power

Braketron GreenZero USB ChargerVampire draw is the excess power our devices consume when they are plugged in and fully charged. And according to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, vampire draw accounts for 5-10% of the residential electricity we consume. Bracketron would like to be the next company to end this type of unnecessary power consumption with their new GreenZero line of chargers that automatically shut off when your device is fully charged. Here’s a quick breakdown of their new power saving products:

Mushroom GreenZero: Pressing the “mushroom” on the Mushroom Greenzero immediately activates the charger when connected to your USB powered device. When it’s fully charged or unplugged, the Mushroom GreenZero will automatically shut off and stop consuming electricity. Price: $24.95 to $29.28 Mushroom GreenZero

Stone GreenZero: The Stone GreenZero is the mobile vampire draw killing USB charger that is built for travel. It folds down and has a smaller button that when pressed, starts charging your USB powered device and automatically shuts off when it’s fully charged. Price: $22.56 Bracketron Stone GreenZero

Stone Battery: The Stone Battery is a pocket-sized 1000mAmp battery that has an LED indicator to let you know when it’s fully charged and then it will recharge your mobile devices for up to 3 hours. When it’s connected, the Stone Battery will also automatically shut off when your device is fully charged. Two models of the Stone Battery are available – one for microUSB devices and another with an Apple 30 pin cable for iPhone, iPod and iPod Touch. Bracketron Stone Battery

Hopefully Bracketron’s GreenZone products will find a market with people that are concerned about their power consumption and over time, want to save money. Bracketron is not the first company with products that combat vampire draw but maybe the novel way their Mushroom GreenZone is activated, kicking the outlet, will attract more consumers to their energy saving products.


Buy Less Stuff And Try To Spend Locally On Your Kids This Christmas

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Each holiday, we all receive an onslaught of emails encouraging us to buy most of our gifts close to home. It’s a great goal but unfortunately, most of the stuff our kids ask for say “Made By Small Hands In Foreign Lands” and we normally go that route. I know I do and when I look at my kids’ Christmas list this year, 90% of it is made somewhere outside of North America. So this year, my goal is to spend more locally than previous years.

What can you give your kids that is locally produced? A great gift you can give is your time. Deliver it on Christmas morning as a ‘coupon’ and then let each kid choose what they want to do and make a day of it. They may choose to go to a local aquarium, skating rink, sporting event and then follow it up with a meal at a local restaurant. It might be something you would’ve done together anyway but now it’s your kid choosing what they want to do and it’s local.

Yes, you’ll still buy the stuff they want but by giving your time, you can buy less of it.


Amazon’s Trade-In Store

Amazon Trade-In StoreTaking a bite out of Ebay, Ecoatm and Craigslist, Amazon is now offering its own trade-in program where users can recycle electronics, textbooks, video games and movies. In exchange for your previously loved goods and after reviewing your submission, Amazon will issue a credit to your account that you can use on their website. They’ll even pay for your return shipping. Amazon’s trade-in store is still in beta as they work out the kinks but it makes total sense to return our old cellphones and video games to the place where we probably bought them.