Wondering what to get for the tech nerd in your life who's also a green geek? We've rounded up 10 products (well, 11 products) we've had our eye on that can reconcile these two sometimes opposing forces into one. That we're jonesing to be the recipient of some of these goes without question.
1. The Battery Wizard: recharging rechargeable batteries is one thing but recharging the disposable kind to keep it out of a landfill? That's the kind of wizardry we like!
2. Solar Powered Portable Speakers: I'm always replacing the batteries for my iPhone's portable speakers. Not anymore. A little light or a lot powers them up.
3. HP P2055dn LaserJet Printer: As much as we'd like to go paperless, it's just not happening. So, for the times when you need to print out something, we like this printer. Duplex printing and faster warm-up (meaning we can turn it on only when we need it) plus it uses minimal energy in power saving mode. Combine it with soy ink to green it even further.
4. Freedom Dynamo Electric Shaver: With a wind and go lever, this shaver powers up with enough juice in one minute to last a full shave.
5. Samsung Blue Earth: Although it's hard for us to even think about giving up our beloved iPhone, for those of us willing and able, you might want to try this model with a touch screen, lower energy consumption, made of eco-friendly materials.
6. USB Bamboo Keyboard and Mouse: help keep your favorite green techie's desk a little more warm and sustainable with this USB-ready bamboo keyboard and mouse from Brando Workshop. The standard 106-key keyboard and scrolling mouse works with PCs and Linux.
7. Zero S Electric Motorcycle: What's hotter than a guy on a bike? A guy on a electric bike! And the fact that you think this look works for your loveable geek will make him blush with pleasure.
8. Revolution Eco Media Player: Wind this up and listen to your music, thumb through your photos, record a memo, watch a movie.
9. iGo's Power Smart Wall: this device comes with four outlets, two of which shut down automatically when the device is turned off to cut vampire power.
10. Kindle: Although we downloaded it a few months ago, we only recently began using the Kindle application for our iPhone. We're not sure why we resisted the idea of a Kindle for so long. Not only does it save paper but it's convenient. Now it's time to upgrade to the full size version. (A solar version, by LG, will be released in 2012).
11. Novothink's Surge for iPod Touch: Have you ever been out and about with your iPod Touch and suddenly find you're losing juice and you're nowhere near a place to charge it up? This solar cell charger case eliminates that worry.