Summer means it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the sun. To help you get the most out of your summer activities and also showcase your love for renewable energy, we put together this list of our favorite cool solar-powered gadgets you can buy.
Whether you are hiking, camping or simply strolling around town, you can depend on these four handy devices without worrying that they will ever run out of batteries.
1. ECEEN Solar Charger Backpack $79.99
Keeping your electronics charged up can be difficult, especially when you are camping or travelling. ECEEN’s Solar Charger backpack was made to solve this problem. This lightweight and durable bag features a seven-watt solar panel that can charge your cell phone, tablet or other small device on the go.
Available in multiple color combinations, this water and tear-resistant sun-powered backpack would feel at home both in the city and on a nature trail. Moreover, the bag’s solar cells are proudly made in the United States, so you can also feel good about supporting the U.S. renewable energy economy.
2. Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Power Station $199.95
For those times when you need a more substantial source of off-the-grid power, Goal Zero’s Yeti solar-enabled generator might fit the bill. Equipped with a 168 watt hour (14Ah) battery, it features a standard plug, 12V ports and USB ports, and can charge up to five devices at the same time.
The only drawback is that the solar panels have to be purchased separately. Luckily, Goal Zero’s Nomad solar panels come in a variety of sizes and price points.
3. Sunflair Mini Portable Solar Oven $89.99
Cooking over campfire might be fun, but it’s also a lot of work and may not be safe during the dry season when an ember can easily cause a forest fire. This is when the ultra-portable Sunflair Solar Oven can prove to be useful. Rather than relying on fire or electricity, Sunflair uses a special material to convert the sun’s UV rays into heat.
It comes with its own pot, trivet and an oven-safe thermometer, and can heat food up to 285 degrees Fahrenheit. The best part is that the sun-powered oven can be used year-round, including in places where open fire may not be allowed, such as national parks, beaches and tailgate parties.
4. Eton Rugged Rukus Xtreme $179.99
Those who like to spend time off the grid but don’t want to sacrifice sound quality when listening to their favorite tunes will appreciate what this wireless dual-powered smart speaker has to offer. Its top-mounted solar array allows you to jam all day long, while its eight-hour battery could mean that the party won’t have to stop until long after sundown.
Shock-proof and weather resistant, the Rukus Xtreme is suited for all-terrain applications and can also be used as a charging station for your smartphone or other USB-powered devices.
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*Ecotech Institute is not affiliated with any of the products or manufacturers on this list. All opinions stated are not guarantees. Each individual’s experience may vary.