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Travel Solar Charger – Light and Portable

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

This is a well designed solar charger that has had good reviews for its performance overall. It has useful suction pads so it can be fixed to the window in a bus or car and charge in the sun as you travel. For long trips the internal battery can be charged before you leave from a USB cable and then kept topped up by solar charging fairly efficiently. It isn’t designed to reach a full charge solely from solar charging, but certainly gets enough charge to power ipods and other devices. It has LED lights to indicate the remaining power level. An additional feature is its LED flash light / reading light. Altogether this is a slim design that is perfect for traveling.
Currently on sale at Amazon for $29.99

Solar Charger Strong Enough For Laptops

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Portable solar chargers are often strong enough for cell phones and MP3 players, but when it comes to serious electronics such as the laptop, that you can’t do without even in the wilderness, they can’t cope. This big capacity solar charger and battery changes all that. It can produce 20,000mAh and will keep your laptop functional wherever you are, even miles from the nearest electricity supply. It can also power cellphones and other devices, so you don’t need to bring more than one charger with you. It can also be recharged from car charger or AC when necessary. It has 29 adaptor tips and measures 11” x 8” x 0.7” and comes with a carry bag too.

Costs $199 from ThinkGeek

Sustainable Energy Model Kit for Green Kids

Monday, August 15th, 2011

A fun way for kids to learn about sustainable living and various alternative energy solutions, this kit has loads of experiments and models to build. Kids can find out how to build solar cells, passive solar collectors, a solar oven, a wind power generator, a lemon battery, a greenhouse, an air conditioner and more. It is intended for kids of 10+ and comes with full instructions for all 30 experiments and 10 building projects. It would make a great gift for curious kids who are keen on saving the planet, or just electronic whizzes who want to go green.
The Green Power House currently costs $49.97 from Discovery Store.com

Solar Guitar Tuner for Green Musicians

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Eco-conscious musicians can do away with batteries now and use this handy solar powered guitar tuner by Tascam. It has a solar recharging panel and a large LCD display. For night time gigs when there’s no charge it can be plugged into a USB connector to charge more quickly, so you are never left in the lurch. It has a built in microphone but can also connect via a ¼ inch guitar/mic input. It clips to your guitar strap and has a silicon rubber case to protect it on the road. It comes in pink, orange, black, white, blue or green.
Currently costs $27.09 at Amazon

Solar Trickle Charger Keeps Car Battery Topped Up

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

If you have a car that isn’t used often enough to keep the battery healthy, this is the perfect solution. It is a solar car battery charger that trickle charges when set in the sunshine. It can just sit on the dashboard or in the rear window and charge the car battery whenever it is not in use. An LED light blinks to indicate the charge. If you have problems with the battery gradually draining, this will keep it topped up. However it is not intended to recharge batteries that are totally flat or compensate for faulty batteries, so don’t expect miracles!
Costs $28.55 from Amazon

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