Energy Saving Gadgets
Energy Saving Gadgets: Prepare yourself for Electric Picnic with these energy saving gadgets
Electric Picnic is only around the corner and the final line-up has been announced, so why not get yourself prepared for the outdoors with these handy energy saving gadgets.
There’s much more to music festivals than being squashed in a pit of mucky moshing revellers. Half of the fun is all about chilling with your mates beside the tent enjoying the sights and sounds of what going on around you. However, the biggest problem with outdoor festivities in the middle of a field is that you may find it hard to get your hands on some electricity. So that’s why we’ve brought you our pick of the best energy saving gadgets for this year’s Electric Picnic.
Devotec Bluetooth Stereo
The Devotec Bluetooth Stereo is the perfect gadget for getting yourself in the mood for the acts that you intend to see over the weekend. You can hook your phone or MP3 device up to the stereo via Bluetooth and it has a handy solar panel that charges the device while in direct sunlight, so you won’t run out of juice after an hour. The signal stretches up to 10 meters, so you can keep your phone in your pocket at all times. The Devotec Bluetooth Solar speaker can be yours for just €91.99 from the Electric Ireland Online Store.
STK iPhone 4 Power Case
The STK iPhone 4 Power Case is the ultimate gadget for keeping your mobile powered up over the weekend. These day’s, most people have smart phones that tend to drain the power within a matter of hours. That’s where the STK iPhone 4 Power Case comes in handy. You simply slip your phone into the power case (which also acts as phone protector) and watch your phone return to life. The case supplies up to seven hours talk time, 265 hours standby time and 18 hours music playback time. The STK iPhone 4 Power Case is currently available on the Electric Ireland Online Store for just €61.99 and it comes with a manufacturer’s warranty of 12 months.
Gelert Wind-up Solar Power Radio
One of the biggest problems with music festivals is that you’re usually cut off from the outside world. If an asteroid hit the earth or if Friday was declared as part of the weekend, you’d probably be the last person to know. And seeing as you probably won’t find any internet buzzing in the middle of a field, your best bet is to hit the radio waves with the Gelert Wind-up Solar Power Radio. The integrated solar charging panel makes sure that the Gelert stays powered while you're enjoying the festivities of Electric Picnic. The radio plays AM, FM and WB radio and currently retails at just €20.99.
Powertraveller-eXplorer Solar Charger
If you need to charge your mobile for the entire weekend, or for work purposes, then you may find yourself stuck for power, because let’s face it, you’re going to need quite a lot. So why buy a portable charger and ten packs of AA batteries when you can simply harness the power of the sun – for free! Basically, the Powertraveller-eXplorer is a mobile solar powered battery charger. It is made up of two parts: a battery pack called the ‘powermonkey’ and a solar panel is called the ‘Solarmonkey’. When the two devices join forces they become the Powertraveller-eXplorer. The Powertraveller-eXplorer has a tough and water resistant rubberised design and it can be yours for just €81.99 over on the Electric Ireland online store. Perfect for the Picnic.
Don’t worry if you haven’t got your ticket for Electric Picnic just yet, because Electric Ireland is back as the Official Energy Partner to Electric Picnic 2012 (for the fourth year in a row) and they are offering you the chance to win tickets thanks to their innovative Tweet Hunt competition.
Starting from August 13, for five days only, four tickets to Electric Picnic will be given away each day to one lucky winner. It doesn’t take much to win either, as all you have to do is to start tweeting #ShareTheEnergy from 9am on Monday to find the locations of the hidden tickets. The secret ticket locations will be dotted around the country. Head over to the Electric Ireland Facebook page for full details on this competition, and happy hunting!