THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Now how about this for a reader giveaway – a Solio universal hybrid solar charger! The good folks over at BuyGreen, who provide Green Standards that track the Source Material, Manufacturing, Use, and Disposal of all the products they sell, have offered to give away one of Solio’s solar chargers to a lucky reader of The Good Human. With a retail value of $99 this is a pretty nice freebie for a reader, and one that I hope will help them to charge their gadgets using only the sun!
These solar chargers are made with high efficiency solar cells, a recyclable shell, and a high capacity lithium-ion battery, and come with all sorts of adapters that make it work with many different gadgets:
If your gadget has a different tip than one of the ones that comes with the charger, you can buy tips separately that are gadget-specific. But I imagine most gadgets will work with one of the tips included. I have one of these Solio units and use it to charge up my iPhone all the time. I keep the solar panels in the window when I am not using the unit, and then when the phone needs charging I just plug my phone in – it works like a charm. I rarely, if ever, use a wall outlet to charge up my phone anymore. Plus, it acts as a portable charger for when I travel or go camping, so my iPhone never runs out of juice!
I am pretty happy with my Solio unit, and have not had any problems with it at all. I am sure whoever wins one will feel the same way! While buying a gadget like this might not be seen as green in some circles and situations, if you have a real need for it (maybe you lost your charger or you go camping a lot) and will use it for all your charging needs, I would prefer to see people buy a solar unit as a replacement rather than one that just plugs into the wall.
BuyGreen is one of those companies that are truly “green” in their operations and in what they sell; they are not a greenwashing company like so many websites are. They take the time to make it easier for you to understand why a particular product is considered ‘Green’ and have developed a set of standards which are applied to every product sold. The standards address the total ‘lifecycle’ of a product in a manner that is simple to understand. These guys are approved by Co-Op America and they give 1% of their sales back to environmental causes through One Percent for the Planet. So if you are looking to do some shopping while doing your best to do it the “green” way, you might want to check them out and see what they have to offer – they help you know exactly what you are buying and its impact on our planet!
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.
So…I bet you want to enter to win this Solio unit, right? Well, to get an entry is actually pretty easy – First of all, you need to be subscribed by RSS or email subscription to The Good Human. If you aren’t, please make sure to do so, as there is a secret code inside those daily posts that you will need to email me in order to gain entry to the giveaway. If you don’t have my email address already, you can use the contact form to send it to me. From all valid entries that are received, I will use a random number generator to choose a winner. The giveaway closes Friday morning, July 3rd at 7am MST, and the winner will be notified soon thereafter. Contest open to US residents only, and you must not have won a contest on The Good Human in the last 30 days. Good luck to everyone, and thanks to BuyGreen for this great giveaway!
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