Whether you want to make a difference on the environment or you want to have more cost-effective gadgets around the house, solar powered products seem to be the way to go. The technology is improving so fast that the product choices today seem almost endless.
This article will tell you why you should buy solar powered products and highlight some popular, affordable solar gadgets and products that will help you save money and keep our planet healthy-green.
Why Buy Solar Powered Products?
There are so many solar powered products available today that can help you cut down on electricity costs without making the full switch to a solar powered household. Nightlights, backup generators, radios, and may not seem like much, but they can put a nice dent in your electrical bill.
A flashlight and a radio that can operate on solar power can be lifesaving items in times of need. Not only are these essential items around the house but they are also useful on camping trips. Most solar powered generators have enough outlets and USB ports to power up any devices that don’t draw too much power. They’re smaller in size and more convenient to transport than gasoline generators.
Lighting decorations around the yard are always lovely. They can highlight specific features of your house and garden, as well as, provide enough light to get around during the night without carrying a flashlight.
Solar powered products in this category are very beneficial. Not only can they operate from dusk to dawn, but they also cost nothing to run (apart from the initial investment). If you’re particular about having multiple lighting decorations, then choosing a variety of solar products may be more affordable than buying traditional spotlights or fence posts lights.
Caring for the Environment
There’s something about using Eco-products that many people don’t understand. That is, “Using even a little bit over time will save a lot.”
Selecting to use solar for your pathway lights, patio decorations, or a couple of solar powered fountains will over time save you a lot as well as help save the environment.
However, if you do care about the environment and reducing your carbon footprint, then even the smallest of solar gadgets will make a difference for you. So, you’re not only getting reliable products for everyday use but, you’re also able to feel better about yourself.
A lot of people are still concerned that solar powered gadgets are not very reliable. Naturally, some areas don’t offer enough sunlight to charge all lights or generators consistently. Nowadays, more and more solar powered gadgets today come with dual charging features.
For example, solar flashlights may have an additional hand crank for charging. Generators may have a plug-in capability so that you can charge them in advance.
The following products have been chosen for their reliability and usefulness. We hope you find something for your home life.
Light-Weight Portable SOLAR Generator
The light-weight Jackery Portable Generator 240 #Ad can be charged with an optional Jackery Solar Saga 100W (see below).
This generator weighs about 6.6lbs. It's quiet and Eco-friendly. That means no fuel or gasoline needed. No fumes nor any clanging noises. Perfect for outdoor camping, traveling, hunting, or emergencies like hurricanes or other power outages.
What can it do:
Led Lights (5W)
Mini cooler (60W)
The AC output port can only charge/power devices that operate less than 200-Watt.
To figure "Working Times": 240Wh* 0.85 / operating power of your device.
The power station is not TSA approved.
The Explorer 240 portable power station will be turned off automatically when being drawn under 10W power.
- Capacity: 240Wh (16.8Ah, 14.4V)
- Battery Type; 67000mAh Lithium-ion Battery
- Input: 8mm DC, 12V-30V (42W max.)
- AC Output: 110V, 200W (400W peak)
- Car Port: DC 12V, 10A, 120W
- USB Outputs (2): 5V, 2.4 (each)
- Weight: 6.6 lbs
- Dimensions: 9.05x5.24x7.8in
The Jackery SolarSaga 60W Solar Panel #Ad is perfect for the Jackery 240 Portable Generator. This foldable solar charger with kickstand is perfect for outdoor life and when there are unexpected power outages.
Connect this solar charger to the generator and collect enough energy to charge your smartphone and enjoy the benefits in the Jackery Portable Power Station can do outlined in the table above.
- The solar panel is not water proof.
- It is not compatible with the Jackery Explorer 440/PowerPro
- Peak Power: 60W
- Cell Efficiency: 23%
- Power Voltage: 18V
- Power Current: 3.3A
- Open Circuit Voltage: 23.76V
- Short Circuit Current: 3.6A
- Operating Temperature Range: 10C (50F) ~ 65C (149F)
- Weight: 3.3 lbs
Flexible Solar String Lights
Not all solar products have to be beefy generators or massive panels. Something as simple as the Solar String Lights from DeVida #Ad can offer plenty of use. The color is Warm White, and it can accommodate most garden decorations.
This solar product is also quite durable. The wires and lights are waterproof; lousy weather will most likely make them even more beautiful. The arrangement is customizable as you get lighted strands for trees too. This 55-feet of solar powered lights to play with will turn themselves on at night.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly approach to lighting up your garden at night, the warm LEDs from the DeVida Solar String Lights might be the best fit for you. They’re budget-friendly and come with long wires. Enjoy using your creative imagination in customizing your lighting patterns in any variety of ways.
Waterproof Solar Flashlight
The ThorFire Solar IPX6 Waterproof Flashlight #Ad weighs just 6.2 ounces. It can provide light for up to four hours on land and underwater. The IPX6 waterproofing makes it suitable for diving up to 45 feet.
A hand crank and solar powered flashlight may not be super flashy, but it is highly effective. It can come in handy during a power outage or as an emergency light source when you’re out camping.
This solar flashlight has two charging methods. Solar powered and, it also has a hand cranking system. Just one minute of cranking can give you around one hour of light on all 3 LEDs. One hour in direct sunlight will provide you with twice the duration.
A dual-charging solar flashlight can be handy when power is out and, you’re in the dark.
An emergency safety tip:
Place extra lights in places where emergency lighting is needed if the power goes out. This may be your cellar, car, garage, bedroom, or any place where you don’t want to be in total darkness.
Solar Birdbath Water Fountain
Folks who like the traditional birdbath water fountain decorations will appreciate the eco-friendly Solatec Solar Fountain #Ad. This fountain can be used in fish tanks, fountains, pools, and ponds.
The pump comes with four nozzle attachments so that you can alternate patterns. They also change the water height on a range between 11.8 and 19.6 inches.
Of course, with any solar product, it costs you nothing to run. Because of this, you can use more than just one to decorate your garden.
The pump requires very little maintenance. Just the occasional rinsing is necessary to make sure the pump doesn’t get clogged with dirt. It’s also worth noting that the performance increases with the amount of sunlight it receives. During a cloudy day, you might not see the maximum water height level.
Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio
The RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio #Ad is a nice to have “early warning weather radio” when you’re in a region that’s prone to extreme weather conditions.
The radio helps you keep track of your favorite tunes and shows on AM and FM while also keeping you up-to-date on NOAA alerts. Running a battery operated radio all day long may leave it filled with dead batteries. And of course, it will die on you when you needed it most. A solar radio like this solves that worry.
It also comes with a table lamp and an LED flashlight. It has an SOS alarm if you need to send a distress signal. With a full charge, it can give you four to six hours of air time.
It comes with multi-charging options. It can run on batteries and, the charging options include micro USB, hand crank, and solar power. There’s virtually no way you can run out of juice and miss a critical alert or your favorite show while working, camping, traveling or chilling in the backyard.
Although solar products save power, large solar panel systems are still out of reach for many consumers. However, this doesn’t mean there isn’t a wide array of solar powered products that are affordable and can offer plenty of use around the house.
Depending on your needs, a backup generator, a fountain decoration, or even spotlights and pathway lights are economical options. Running lights during the night can get costly if connected to the grid. Besides taking the running cost out of the equation, solar powered products are usually more durable and better suited for harsh weather conditions.