Boomtune Mini: Portable Speaker Tripod

by Justin Thomas •

The Boomtune Mini is a portable speaker system that incorporates a tripod design and has a 2 x 1W output. It runs on one AAA battery. Boomtune Mini can be used with almost any MP3 player. It appears to only be available in Japan. More information at Yanko Design – thanks for the tip.


Portable, Motion-Detecting LED Lights

by Justin Thomas •

Portable, motion-detecting LED lights are an efficient way to light rooms at night for a few minutes. This portable light from Maxxima, turns on when you enter a room in the dark (similar to motion-detecting outdoor lights), then turns off after 30 seconds of non-motion. It runs on four AA batteries (we suggest using NIMH rechargeables), and should last about …

Portable Micro-Power Kit

by Justin Thomas •


SolarOne’s Harvester is a complete solar micro-power kit. Built to be durable and weatherproof, it produces 750 Watts of power (surge capacity of 1500 Watts). The Harvester contains a 104 amp-hour AGM battery by Concorde — a very reliable battery (for more information see our AGM battery review). The Harvester is an great choice for back-up power or portable remote …

Book Review: Portable Houses

by Justin Thomas •

When some people vacation, they take their homes with them. Those are the people Irene Rawlings and Mary Abel write about in Portable Houses, a book devoted to all sorts of movable shelters and the people who created or renovated them. The examples featured in the book range in elaborateness from a canvas miner’s tent to a Boeing 737 jet …


Portable Summer Cabins

by Justin Thomas •

Mobility during the summer can be important. You may need to take that certain someone to a cabin for a month by the dunes. These portable summer cabins let you experience the outdoors in a comfortable, modern interior. They have large windows and an acrylic dome skylight that allows plenty of light inside. The cabins, made by Pacific Yurts, have …

Mr. Heater’s Portable Buddy Propane Heater

by Justin Thomas •

Mr. Heater’s Portable Buddy radiant heater provides safe heat for chilly garages, tents, patios, porches, cabins, fishing shanties, truck caps, barns — anywhere you want to stay warm. The Buddy may also be used inside your home, in case of a power outage. Certified by CSA International (American Gas Association), Mr. Heater’s Portable Buddy heater uses new heating technology to …


Kar Kool – Portable DC Evaporative Cooler

by Justin Thomas •

Energy Consumption: 18 or 24W DC Dimensions: 12" H x 12" L x 9" Weight: 2 lbs. Best Price: $202 (Alternative Energy Store) or $259 (Southwest Solar) Notes from Manufacturer: World’s lowest energy using cooler. Evaporative cooling for RVs, boats, cars, tents and small rooms at a fraction of typical air conditioning energy costs. Cools hot dry air as much …

Servel Portable Fridge (LP Gas, 120V AC, 12V DC)

by Justin Thomas •

Although not the most efficient cooler, we like the fact that this cooler can be powered by so many energy sources. Notes from Manufacturer: Large enough to hold six 6-packs. Lightweight and compact with rugged turquoise plastic exterior. Comes with ice cube tray, thermostat and push button piezo igniter. Works with three different power sources: LP gas (disposable 1-lb, low …