Father’s Day is right around the corner, but there is still time to get dad something totally cool and totally green. Let’s face it, men love their gadgets and, as high-tech gifts go, green gadgets sport some of the coolest technology available. Our list of Father’s Day gift ideas is full of useful, money-saving, high tech and just plain fun stuff that will tickle your dad pink and might just make his friends green with envy, too.
The Eton Raptor really is a must have for any level of outdoor enthusiast. Its mono-crystalline solar panel charges a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery that can charge a cell phone (via USB) and power the Raptor’s digital AM/FM/WB tuner, altimeter, barometer, digital compass, LED flashlight and alarm clock. It’s weatherproof, so it can withstand the elements, including rain. Speaking of which, should the sun not be so plentiful, the Raptor can also be charged via DC adapter. And we’re just getting started; the Raptor packs in several other nifty features that dad is sure to dig, too. (Did we mention it can be used as an iPod speaker?)
Available in three different colors at Amazon for about $122.00.
Every entertainment center, home theater and computer station should be equipped with a high-quality surge suppressor anyway, but these advanced power strips from Accell won’t just protect Dad’s expensive equipment from power surges, outages or brown-outs, they will also put an end to the constant, unnecessary leaching of power that electronics are known to do while in “stand-by mode.” The Green Genius line provides clean, quiet power to devices when they need it, and cuts them off when they don’t. Its smart sensors detect when your TV or computer has been turned off and shuts down associated electronics such as DVD players, receivers and printers so they don’t sip power for hours while sitting unused. “Always on” outlets will provide constant power to devices like DVRs and wireless Internet routers that actually do need power all the time.
Available at Amazon for $35.00.