(This is the latest in a regular weekly series of spotlights on green technology that’s accessible to you and me. If you have a product to suggest for coverage, please send a note via my contact email.)
I've got water on the brain (figuratively, not literally) this week, so the solar-powered RainPerfect gadget caught my attention as something that would be useful in my own backyard.
The $139 product from Rule Industries combines a pump with a solar panel to pull water out of your rain barrel and water your lawn, run a low-pressure sprinkler or act as an aid with other irrigation activities.
The solar panel charges a NiMH battery to make the pump work; a single charge can pump up to 100 gallons of water at 13 PSI. RainPerfect can be used with rain barrels that range in capacity from 40 gallons to more than 65 gallons; it screws onto the barrel.
The RainPerfect product comes with a limited warranty of 1 year in the United States (two years in Europe).
The video below shows the unit in action:
Past Green Gadgets of the Week:
- Philips LED replacement for 75-watt bulbs
- K3 Wind & Solar Charger
- Logitech solar wireless keyboard
- Voltaic Spark solar iPad cover
- Samsung Replenish smartphone (from Sprint)