For most people, getting completely off the grid and away from cities, power lines, water lines, Internet connections, and so forth, means living a very hard life. Not that you can’t get used to it and even be very happy, but if you’ve enjoyed modern luxuries your entire life, it will take you a while to adjust.
If you’re rich, on the other hand, you can go off the grid without having to adjust at all. Nowadays, there are all sorts of amazing gadgets and inventions that make off-grid living easier than ever. There are ways to wash your clothes, light your home, get online, cook your food, and heat your house without depending on the grid or having to work very hard. The downside is that most of these inventions are pretty expensive, but it’s fun to dream.
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A couple weeks ago, I came across a video called 6 Great Off-Grid Living Inventions. It’s basically a compilation of commercials, but some of them are really fascinating. I already knew about the Drumi, the SolSource Sport, the Big Berkey, and a few of the others, but most of them I’d never heard of before.
Turns out it’s a whole series of videos by the channel, Cool Gadgets and Stuff. I really enjoyed watching it and wanted to share it with you guys. I put the videos below along with a list of the inventions. If you click directly on the video titles below, they will take you to Youtube where you can find links to all of the inventions.
- Drumi – A foot powered washing machine.
- Solar Home 620 – A portagble solar lighting system.
- Home Biogas 2.0 – Recycles food scraps into energy.
- Kodiak Solar Generator – A portable solar power generator.
- Sonnet – Sends messages even without a cellular reception.
- SolSource Sport – A portable, solar barbecue grill.
- HANS PowerPack – A lithium portable solar generator.
- Source Hydropanel – Pulls water from the air using solar power.
- Nowlight – Generate power for a light just by pulling a cord.
- Solar Air Heater – Heat your home using solar power.
- Sion Solar Car – This is litearlly a solar-powered car.
- Somewear Communication Device – A satellite hotspot no matter where you go.
- Turbulent Micro Hydro Power Plant – The name says it all.
- GoSun Fusion – A hybrid solar and electric oven.
- Semtive Nemoi Residential Wind Turbine – Generate power with wind.
- BioLite SunLight – A solar powered lantern.
- Cappa Water Turbine – Easily generate hydroelectric power.
- Solar Water Heater – Heat up water fast with the power of the sun.
- goTenna Mesh – Allows your phone to send messages even when there’s no signal.
- Turgo Turbine – A hydro turbine for generating power.
- Fenik Yuma 60L – A portable fridge that uses solar power.
- Power Pallet by All Power Labs – Turns organic material into fuel.
- BioLite BaseCamp Stove – A mini wood burning stove.
- Big Berkey Water Filter – Cleans even the dirtiest water.
- HomeBiogas Bio-Toilet – Harnesses energy from organic waste.
- Merax Portable Washing Machine – Small and lightweight, yet works really well.
- K-Tor PowerBox 50 Pedal Generator – Generate power while you exercise.
- Emergency Hand Crank & Solar Powered Radio with LED Flashlight – The name says it all.
- Trucker’s Friend Demolition & Multitool – Combines an Axe, Hammer, Pry bar
- Legion Solar 3 – Use these solar panels and cut your electric bill in half.