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Solar Gadgets and Gifts

Updated on February 29, 2020

Solar power, like wind power, is a renewable resource and a great alternative to electricity. Over time, our ability to harness solar energy and convert it into something compatible and usable with modern electronics has grown leaps and bounds. While it is not yet cost effective to use solar panels to power your entire house, there are plenty of gadgets you can use to lower your dependency on electricity, which saves you money and can give you tons of enjoyment.

Solar Powered Lights

Rather than equipping your garage with flood lamps, why not try using solar powered yard lamps? The Malibu lighting system provides constant light at no cost (beyond the initial investment of around $35.) There are no wires, so you don’t have to worry about animals breaking your connection. This also means you can use these lights to make neat designs in your front yard! The batteries in the Malibu solar yard lights last about 10 hours, and take about 10 to charge, making these lamps pretty versatile – and good for the environment!

Solar Power Supply

Tired of having to stop work or put away your iPod because the battery ran out and you don’t have anywhere to plug it in? Why not use the Xpower Solar pack? Basically, this device stores solar power and converts it to be used for recharging all kinds of different things. If you plug it in to a wall, or it requires a USB connection to charge, you can use this bad boy.

Solar Powered Jar

These jars are something I happened across and they’re –awesome-. These jars have no switches, no operation of any sort required. You can choose from two colors, a warm orange frosted mason jar, or a cool moonlight blue frosted mason jar. Inside are three solar powered LED lights, which come on automatically when it gets dark, and turn off when it’s light out. These are great gifts, and at around $45 dollars, you’ll never need a night-light or reading lamp again.

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    • spacebull profile image

      spacebull 

      12 years ago from Space

      Great idea for a Hub and some interesting gadgets! Thanks.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I like those Sun Jars, too!

    • Angela Harris profile image

      Angela Harris 

      12 years ago from Around the USA

      We have solar powered lights in our front and back yards. They were so easy to set up. I'm so glad we bought them.

    • Peter M. Lopez profile image

      Peter M. Lopez 

      12 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      I came across a solar powered iphone/ipod charger yesterday that I almost wrote a hub about, but I didn't get around to it. It was sweet. Nice hub and good luck.

    • Whitney05 profile image

      Whitney 

      12 years ago from Georgia

      Sweet hub Charlotte. My dad has solapowered lights to decorate his fence posts. The don't work too well though. It seems the ones partially shaded work better than the ones in direct sunlight. It's weird.

    • writewanda profile image

      writewanda 

      12 years ago

      I just had to include my best solar item at my house. My Realtor bought me a SOLAR WIND CHIME as a housewarming gift quite a few years ago. It is SOOOO cool. Everyone who comes to my house says, Where is that chime coming from. I put it in my kitchen window, I can hear it even as we type!

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