Last Updated on July 24, 2022 by Mary Pressler
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13 Sun Powered Gadgets Designed to Make Life Easy and Fun
Since the beginning of time, humans have found ways to harness sun energy. Sun charged inventions have come a long way since the first solar engine that powered a printing press in 1882. Today’s devices are not only novel, but highly functional and in some cases, life saving.
Solar operated products not only conserve energy, but lower electric bills too. Check out our latest finds:
Solar Camping Gadgets
1. Weatherproof Solar Powered Lighting
This solar camping light from AKASO can provide up to 16 hours of lighting when fully charged, and it also includes a Bluetooth speaker and smartphone charging ports. It has 8 color modes, including while light and 7 RGB colors. You can use it not only for camping, but also for outdoor gatherings and even during blackouts.
The AKASO camping light can recharge fully with its built-in solar panel. However, it also includes a USB port for faster recharging when a power supply is available. The camping light has an IP66 enclosure that withstands dust and water splashing, making it ideal for outdoor use. Its design is compact and portable, measuring 6.7 x 6.7 x 1.6 in when folded, and having a weight of only 8 oz (228 g). When unfolded, the camping light has a size of 6.7 x 6.7 x 4.3 in.
2. Multi-Function Solar Charging Station
The ERRBBIC solar power bank is compatible with many smartphone and tablet brands, and it can generate its own charge with a built-in solar panel (5W, 1.5V). The 20,000 mAh lithium polymer battery can charge other devices multiple times, before needing its own recharge. The charger has a dual USB port, which means you can recharge two devices at once.
The ERRBBIC charger is also equipped with two potent LED lights, which means you can use it as a flashlight. The device also includes a USB port for faster recharging when a power outlet is available. Thanks to its compact 6x 3.34×0.68 in size and its 306 g weight, the solar charger can be easily carried around, and its housing is dustproof and waterproof.
3. Portable Solar Refrigerator and Freezer
According to the US Energy Information Administration, refrigerators consume 7% of the electricity used by homes. The LionCooler X50A from ACOPOWER has a capacity of 52 quarts (50 liters), and it can be used as either a cooler or freezer. It has a rechargeable and replaceable battery with a capacity of 15,600 mAh and three charging options: AC power supply, 12V car charging, or a 12V 120W solar panel. The unit measures 25.1 in x 15.9 in x 22.8 in, while having a weight of 34 lb.
- With a fully charged battery, you have 12 hours of cooling at a temperature setting of 32°F (0°C). The battery is easily replaceable, which means you can carry additional charged units as backup.
- When using your car or the solar panel under full sunlight, the typical recharging period is 4 hours.
The LionCooler X50A has a quick cooling mode, which reaches 10°F within 40 minutes. The cooler has a power consumption of only 35W, and it uses fluoride-free insulation. The compressor has a 2-year warranty, while the solar fridge and its accessories have a 1-year warranty.
Read more: LiONCooler X50A
4. High Powered Solar Generator for Camping
Jackery is a leading solar generator brand, with more than 1.5 million units sold. The Jackery Explorer 1000 is a portable power station with a rated output of 1,000 W, and it comes with two SolarSaga 100W photovoltaic modules for self-recharging. The Explorer 1000 offers the following features:
- Energy storage capacity of 1,002 Wh (21.6V, 46.4 Ah)
- Three 110V AC power outlets
- DC power outlets: USB-A, USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0, and 12V 10A
- AC adapter, car charger cable, and parallel adapter for SolarSaga 100W panels
- Built-in MPPT controller for maximum solar charging
- Built-in battery protections, supports pass-through charging (can be used while charging)
- 2-year warranty
Jackery solar power stations are silent and user-friendly. Having a weight of only 22 lb and dimensions of 11.84 in x 7.59 in x 9.2 in, the Explorer 1000 is 40% lighter than other power stations of similar capacity. This solar generator is ideal for road trips, camping and recreational vehicles. However, you can also use it at home as a backup power system during blackouts.
The Explorer 1000 can operate at temperatures from 14 to 104°F, and it can recharge safely at temperatures between 32 and 104°F. The recharging time is 5.5 hours with a wall outlet, 11.5 hours with a car outlet, and 80% capacity in 6 hours when using both 100W solar panels. The duration of the 1,002 Wh battery depends on the device being powered:
- Smartphone: 100 charges
- Laptop: 8 charges
- Mini cooler: 13 hours
- TV: 13 hours
- Electric grill: 50 minutes
- Coffee maker: 50 minutes
- Microwave oven: 45 minutes
- Kettle: 40 minutes
- Electric stove: 40 min
- Electric grill: 50 min
- Blender: 13 hours
Read More: Jackery Solar Generator
Sun Powered Yard Essentials
These globe pool lights recharge automatically with a built-in solar panel, and they stay on for up to 8 hours when fully charged. Their IP68 housing is dust-tight, waterproof and sturdy; they can be tossed around without suffering damage. They also have a weighted bottom, which means they will not be blown away by the wind. Just keep in mind they are not designed to be used as beach balls.
These globe lights have a diameter of 14”, and their lighting color changes automatically between red, blue, green and white. You can also use them as decoration outside of pools, for example by hanging them from trees. They only weigh 1 lb (0.45 kg) each, and they can recharge fully with 6-7 hours of sunlight.
Read more: Rukars 14” Floating Solar Pool Lights
6. Affordable Solar Heating Option for Above-Ground Pools
The Fafco solar pool heater is an environmentally friendly option for above-ground swimming pools. A solar collector is used to convert sunlight into heat, which is then delivered evenly to the pool water using the SunSaver Heating System.
- The heating system has a special flow chamber, which improves circulation and heating efficiency.
- This prevents a mix of hot and cold spots, keeping your pool at a comfortable temperature.
The Fafco SunSaver Heating system connects directly to your pool’s filtration system. The heating panel has a size of 12×4 feet, and can be mounted on the ground or rooftop. This solar heater eliminates the electricity cost of keeping your pool warm, and you will only need power for the pumping system.
Read more on Amazon: Fafco Solar Powered Pool Heating System
7. Solar Patio Umbrellas
This 9’ x 12’ patio umbrella has built-in solar panels and LED lights, which means you can install them anywhere without wiring. The umbrella has a double-top design: it accomplishes the basic function of shading and cover, while generating its own charge for the LEDs.
The umbrella has an adjustable height and opening angle, operated with a crank lift handle, and it can rotate 360° around its mast. It has an aluminum pole with anti-oxidation paint and 8 steel ribs, and a polyester water-repellent canopy that resists UV rays (UPF 50) and fading. There are two base options, with and without wheels.
The PURPLE LEAF Patio Umbrella has a 3-year warranty, and it has been designed for both residential and commercial settings.
Read more: PURPLE LEAF
8. The Only Smartwatch You Need
This tactical smartwatch from Garmin Instinct can recharge itself with solar power, and it has a tough casing made of fiber-reinforced polymer. The watch comes with many tactical features that are useful when you’re out in the wild or practicing extreme sports. The 53g smartwatch has a 0.9×0.9 in display with a 128×128 pixel resolution, its dimensions are 45x45x15.3 in, and it fits wrists from 132 to 224 mm (5.2 to 8.8 in).
The Garmin Instinct solar tactical smartwatch can operate for 24 days with a full charge, and up to 54 days with solar recharging. Its tactical features include dual-format GPS, waypoints, heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring, altimeter, barometer, compass, and built-in apps for specific sports. The smartwatch can also synchronize with your phone and send automatic notifications.
9. Long Life Solar Flashlight
The tactical flashlight from Delxo uses LEDs for maximum battery life, while having a built-in solar panel and cellphone charger. The flashlight has seven operating modes and a beam range of up to 700 feet, and its aluminum alloy body is shock and water resistant. The flashlight also has a compass, which is useful when camping or hiking. It also includes a safety cutter that can be used for thick ropes, branches, and even jammed seat belts.
The Delxo tactical flashlight has a 2,000 mAh battery that recharges with solar power or via USB, and operates for 4-7 hours with a full charge. The flashlight can also be used as a power bank, transferring charge to your smartphone in an emergency. Thanks to its powerful built-in magnet, you can attach the flashlight to your car or other metallic surfaces, and use it as a work light.
Read more: Delxo Patriot Flashlight
This weather station from Sainlogic includes a 5-in-1 sensor equipped with an anemometer, wind vane, solar panel, rain collector, and thermo-hygrometer. Thanks to these features, the device tells you everything you need to know about the local weather:
- Wind speed (0-50 m/s) and direction (0-360°)
- Indoor temperature (32 to 160°F) and outdoor temperature (-40 to 160°F)
- Air pressure (300 to 1,100 hPa)
- Indoor and outdoor humidity (10 to 99%)
- Dew point
- Rainfall (0 to 9,999mm)
- Moon phase
All these measurements are displayed in an LCD color screen, so you can easily identify each variable. The weather station also offers wireless connectivity with a range of up to 328 ft. You can use it in multiple locations such as rooftops, backyards and even farms. The unit is compact, measuring only 5.3 in x 1 in x 3.8 in.
The Sainlogic weather station also provides a simple weather forecast for the next 24-48 hours based on atmospheric pressure changes: sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, or rainy. Just keep in mind that weather forecasting is an inexact science: weather conditions generally improve when pressure increases, and they degrade when pressure decreases. The station also includes a calendar function, and you can configure alarms based on weather conditions.
Solar Home Security
11. Save Electricity with Solar Lighting
The solar lighting fixture from BRIMMEL recharges with a built-in pv panel, which means you can use it outdoors with no wiring. The lamp operates for up to 10 hours when its 2,600 mAh battery is fully charged, while only needing 6-8 daylight hours to recharge.
- The solar panel is monocrystalline, to ensure high efficiency when charging the battery.
- There is no need to switch the solar lamp on, and it has two automatic options: switching on in the dark with its photocell, or when someone approaches within the range of its motion sensor.
The BRIMMEL solar fixture has a light output of 600 lumens and a warm color of 3000K, equivalent to a conventional 60W bulb. Thanks to its IP44 rated aluminum housing, the solar light can be used in outdoor locations like gardens, garages, patios and yards. The light fixture dimensions are 5.6 x 5.6 x 10.6 inches, and its weight is 2.57 lb.
Read more: BRIMMEL , Stylish Outdoor Lighting
12. The Solar Security Devices Every Home Should Have
The Blink Outdoor security camera is solar-powered and wireless, and it offers 1080p HD daytime video and infrared night vision, with a framerate of up to 30 fps. The camera can also capture images, which are stored in a 640 x 360 resolution.
- The camera also includes two-way audio, which means you can hear visitors and speak to them with the Blink Home Monitor app.
- It also has a motion sensor for improved detection, and you can configure automatic alerts for your smartphone.
- Although the camera has its own app, it also offers compatibility with Alexa.
The Blink Outdoor solar camera has a size of 71 x 71 x 31 mm and a weight of 48g, while the solar panel mount has 140 x 111 x 100 mm dimensions and a weight of 329g. The camera can operate at temperatures from -4°F to 113°F, and it comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
Read more: Blink Home Security
The REOLINK Argus PT security camera is 100% solar powered and wireless (2.4 GHz WiFi). The camera works with Alexa and Google Assistant, and it can provide live footage for up to eight users with the REOLINK app. The security camera offers the following features:
- 4MP HD resolution, up to 16x zoom, night vision up to 33 ft
- 105° field of vision, 355° pan (horizontal range), 140° tilt (vertical range)
- 128 GB MicroSD storage, 7-day REOLINK cloud storage, timelapse function
- IP64 weatherproof design
- Operating temperature range from 14 to 131°F
- 2-year warranty coverage
- Mounting height up to 9 ft
- Digital PIR (passive infrared) motion sensor with siren
The REOLINK camera is designed for a quick and easy installation. It can be used indoors and outdoors, and you can configure instant push notifications and email alerts. The camera can distinguish between humans and vehicles, avoiding false alarms.