The Ray: A Suction Cupped Solar-Powered Cellphone Charger

The Ray Solar Powered ChargerThe Ray is a smartly designed solar powered charger from Brandon Craven that can stand on a table top and most importantly, attach to your windshield with a suction cup to face the sun and charge your electronic devices. Charging your cellphone can be handled directly through the Ray’s USB connector via the solar panel or by drawing power from its included battery. You can pre-order the Ray through Quirky.com. Once they hit 2000 pre-orders, they can go into production. [Quirky via Gizmodo]

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IKEA’s Solvinden Line Of Solar Powered Lighting Products

IKEA Solvinden Solar Power Lamps
Checkout IKEA’s new Solvinden line of solar powered lighting products. Kind of a cool gift idea for the kids; a solar powered reading and nightlight that the kids are responsible for recharging. [BoingBoing.net]

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Is This Jubbling? 12,000 Square Foot Home With 3,000 Square Feet Of Solar Panels

Rizzone Family HouseI knew the day would come that I would kick my own crotch over Jubbling. The whole mindset behind Jubbling is to spread the word and idea that you don’t have to be extreme to reduce your footprint on the planet and that every act and informed choice to reduce your consumption can help. But the Rizzone family’s new home in Newport Beach CA is a true Jubbling enigma.

They were recently profiled on ElectronicHouse.com for adding 3,000 square ft of solar panels to help power the 12,000 square ft home they built. The home includes:

Two kitchens, nine baths, a four-car garage, a gym, a 14-seat home theater, 16 TVs, an infinity-edge pool, outdoor cooking area, motorized and movable glass walls, nine zones of heating and cooling, 17 zones of audio and video, and an indoor waterfall.

According to the Rizzone’s, it’s been a “labor of love” and allowed them to the send a message to their two children about the importance of energy efficiency.

In addition to the solar panels and to aid the efficiency of their home, the Rizzones insisted on all LED lighting and to reduce cooling costs, their Somfy shades are timed to automatically drop down in order to block the sun. Their home was also built using recycled steel studs, concrete walls that help warm and cool the home, blown-in cellulose insulation, Energy Star-rated appliances and a rainwater harvesting system for landscape irrigation.

But is this Jubbling? They built a 12,000 square foot behemoth that only the consumption gods would appreciate. I’ve struggled with this but I have to conclude that, yes, it is Jubbling.

The Rizzone’s could’ve easily stayed off the radar and built 12,000 square foot home less energy efficient and without solar panels. They could’ve gone even larger with their house by avoiding solar and LED lighting and we would’ve never heard about them. It would’ve been just one more big ass house we all pointed at and said “look at that big ass house.”

And the Rizzone’s are taking their Jubbling to the tree lined streets of Newport Beach. Neighbors are not too happy about the glare from their solar panels and have protested their addition. But Steve Rizzone has used this as an opportunity to preach the solar gospel: “As we’ve talked to more neighbors and educated them on the benefits [of solar power], we’ve been able to turn some of the naysayers into believers,”

Now the part about the Rizzone kids learning about energy efficiency thanks to the building decisions they’ve made – I’m not buying it. Now if they did want to impart some knowledge on their children, they should start by adopting me. I’ll buy into everything they’re selling and I’ll even help install a clothesline in their backyard.

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Neon Green ‘Soular’ Backpacks and Piggy-Backpacks

Neon Green Piggyback Soular BackpackBased on Neon Green‘s own specs, you should be able to extend the standby time of your cellphone by a couple hours using their product and maybe that would be enough. Their new Capsoul 3-in-1 backpack and Piggyback Soular backpack use a thin-film solar panel that produces 11.1V of output in full sunlight and stores the generated power into a rechargeable Piggy Power Bank (also from Neon Green). Both packs will charge in artificial lighting but at a lower rate. The Piggyback Soular model may find greater acceptance because it will attach to your current laptop-specific backpack or hiking pack and it will also work as a standalone shoulder bag. It should be emphasized, Neon Green’s soular packs are about phone charging in a pinch and not much more.

No word on when these bags will be out. [Gizmodo, Crunchgear, Neon Green/Scratch Tracks]

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