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8 Awesome Solar-Powered Gadgets Every Home Should Be Using

Brent Dirks Updated 14-04-2020

Solar power provides cleaner, more sustainable electricity. But few people can afford to mount solar panels on their houses, and few power providers have invested significantly in solar power generation. So it’s time to take solar power into your own hands.

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We’re highlighting great solar-powered devices that will help reduce your power bill and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

1. YELOMIN Portable Solar Power Bank

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Your smartphone will always have a charge with the YELOMIN Portable Solar Power Bank. The 20,00mAh cell can completely recharge a smartphone three to five times depending on the model. There are two USB output plugs so you can charge two phones simultaneously.

When the power bank is depleted, just set in near a window to recharge. LED lights will let you know when the solar panel is working and the battery’s status. As a nice touch, the power bank also sports a flashlight with three different modes.

2. Soliom S60 Solar Outdoor Security Camera

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Solar power can help protect your home when you’re using the Soliom S60 Solar Outdoor Security Camera. The completely wireless camera is made to withstand extreme temperature swings and is waterproof.

When the camera detects motion, you’ll receive a notification on your smartphone thanks to the companion app. The camera will also record a video clip and store it on a memory card and store it in the cloud. At night, built-in IR LED lights will help brighten up what’s happening outside.

To find more about the camera, make sure to take a look at our Solim S60 review.

3. LECLSTAR Solar Motion Sensor Outdoor Light

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Even if you’re not interested in a surveillance camera, solar power can still help provide extra security for your home. The LECLSTAR Solar Motion Sensor Outdoor Light is easy to mount with the included sticky pad or two screws. There’s no need to worry about wires or anything else as the light will recharge during the day.

Waterproof and made to withstand all types of weather, the light features 268 bright LEDs that provide up to 1,800 lumens of light. The built-in motion sensor can detect movement up to 26 feet away and with a 120-degree field and will automatically turn on the light for 30 seconds. When motion is no longer detected, it will automatically shut off.

4. ACOPOWER 150Wh Portable Solar Generator With 50W Solar Panel Combo

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Even generators are making the switch to a solar-powered future. The ACOPOWER 150Wh Portable Solar Generator with 50W Solar Panel Combo is a great way to harness solar power around the house. The generator sports two USB output plugs, two AC outlets, and three DC ports that can adapt to different equipment. While it won’t power large home electronics, it can provide enough juice to charge electrics and operate smaller appliances like a fan or lamp.

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An included solar panel can completely charge the generator and its 40,800mAh battery in six to eight hours and folds up when not in use. The generator can also charge in a car or through a regular wall socket.

5. Logitech K750 Solar Wireless Keyboard

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Your computer already draws a lot of power—why use even more to power your accessories? Logitech’s K750 Solar Wireless Keyboard charges from the sun or artificial light and will keep a charge for up to three months in total darkness.

Measuring in at just 1/3-inch thick, it will be at home on any desk. And there’s no need to worry about wires; just plug in a small receiver into any free USB port. The keyboard is compatible with Windows 10 all the way through to Windows XP.

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6. Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight

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A flashlight is another essential tool for any house. But it always seems that whenever you need one, the batteries are missing or out of power. That won’t be a problem with the Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight. The flashlight takes power from a built-in solar panel. And even if you can’t get near the sun, there is a hand crank or USB cord to use as a backup.

You can select from three different options on the 250-lumen flashlight—flashlight, floodlight, or red emergency light. On a full charge, the flashlight can run for up to 48 hours. You can also charge a smartphone using the built-in USB plug.

7. Eton Rugged Rukus Solar Powered Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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Though it won’t give you the sound quality of a full-on speaker system, the Eton Rugged Rukus Solar Powered Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is highly portable and stores enough power to play music for eight hours on a full charge. The solar panel fully charges the speaker in less than five hours of direct sunlight.

It will also charge your smartphone via the USB port. The speaker is water-resistant as well, making it great for poolside listening and social events.

8. Lattis Ellipse Keyless Smart Solar Bike Lock

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The Lattis Ellipse Keyless Smart Solar Bike Lock is made to keep your bike safe and secure. The lock is made with 17mm forged steel and features a dual locking mechanism to fend off thieves.

If someone tries to tamper with the bike lock, you’ll receive an alert via Bluetooth on your smartphone. And when you’re ready to remove the lock, just place your smartphone near it, and it will automatically unlock. In case your phone isn’t available, there is a capacitive touchpad to enter a code as a backup.

Those smart features take power from a built-in solar panel that will constantly charge the lock under normal use. In an emergency, you can also charge it via the built-in micro-USB port.

Great Solar Gadgets for Your Home

Putting solar panels on your roof is really expensive and environmentally unsuitable in many locations. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start powering your home with solar energy. Using the devices above, you can charge your phone, light up the dark, listen to music, and even secure your bike with solar power. And that’s a great first step to a cleaner world.

Solar-powered devices are also great to use during power disruptions. Make sure to take a look at our list of other gadgets to protect yourself in case of a natural disaster 10 Must-Have Gadgets to Protect You Against Natural Disasters Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards, floods, wildfires, droughts. The earth can be cruel. If you underestimate the strength of natural disasters, you may find your life forever upended in the blink of an eye. Read More .

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  1. Ed
    May 14, 2018 at 1:04 am

    Check out metrosolarmatics.com for affordable smart solar lighting products and generators that is scaleable as your usage requires. Panel make & size /type of battery determine the service life of the system. Perhaps electric companies should consider changing their aging generational infrastructure to solar.

  2. Marvindon
    October 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    test soft

  3. Anonymous
    September 2, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    The one Achilles' heel of solar, as well as all other alternative energy generation, is that it is becoming a victim of its own success. As more and more people are generating more and more of their own energy, the power companies are losing more and more income. To prevent that loss, these companies are raising the fixed costs for their customers. (Fixed costs are those that customers pay regardless of how much electricity they use) Power company customers wind up paying for less.

    The current issue, October 2015, of Consumers Report is devoted in part to "going solar." It's a must read for anyone interested in home solar energy generation.

    • creektilghmank45
      July 3, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      You can use inplix instructions to build it yourself guys.

  4. Anonymous
    August 30, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Try finding sufficient sunlight in the UK to power up even the most modest solar device - and our fuel bills are much, much higher than those in the US!

    I'm afraid I've had to give up on solar devices completely - they were rarely sufficiently charged to be of any use. I wish someone would sort out the human-powered charger thing so that one could dash out to the shed and do three-quarters of an hour's cycling or something and then use the resulting power with a clear conscience!

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 31, 2015 at 5:28 am

      Piezoelectric energy is fascinating, isn't it? I agree with you here. Till solar energy becomes more efficient, I think piezoelectric is a great bridge for alternative energy. But eventually, solar is the only way to go because of how inexhaustible and powerful it is.

    • Dann Albright
      August 31, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      I just moved from the UK to Colorado, which gets tons of sun, so I definitely understand your point. I had a solar lamp in York and it would stay lit for about 30 seconds on average! As Mihir mentions, that can be a great bridge into alternative energy, but hopefully solar advances enough that it'll be viable in England. Some devices can be fully charged in an hour or two's sunshine, and that might work, at least in the summer. And some devices can now be charged with electric lights. Here's hoping the UK gets to take advantage of solar power in the near future!

    • Anonymous
      August 31, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      You cannot judge the effect solar will have on your house by comparing to cheap gadgets. Granted, you're in the UK, so pricing and incentives are different, but here in Upstate NY (which is about the same latitude as you), we get ample sunlight for solar. The sun is always shining above the clouds, and clouds don't block UV. Our city's in the midst of an initiative to go all solar by 2025, and everyone's jumping on board because it's a no-brainer.

      Again, you can't take advantage of the grants and tax incentives we have right now, but for the US readers: go solar, now. With the costs being as low as they are, it's practically free. My coworker next to me just got his install done...$28k for install, after breaks and grants it comes to about $10k, or $100/month for the next 10 years. His current electrical bill is $150/month, so he's already getting "paid" even before selling the excess current to the power company. Total system ROI is under 7 years, after which he can minimally expect another 18 years of guaranteed use of the panels, but more realistically they'll outlive the house.

      Anyone tells you solar isn't efficient enough for home use has in no way done their homework.

      • Anonymous
        September 2, 2015 at 6:02 pm

        If anyone has not gotten solar installed yet, they better do it before the end of 2016 because government subsidies will be phased out by then.

        "Anyone tells you solar isn’t efficient enough for home use has in no way done their homework."
        "Efficient enough" is a relative term. Currently commercially available panels are at best 25% efficient. If you have low energy needs or the room for a very large array of panels, 25% efficiency may be "enough" for you. Granted that some energy from solar is better than none. However, for someone with limited space or someone who wants to get off the grid, a 50% or 75% efficiency is much more desirable.

        • Dann Albright
          September 2, 2015 at 9:45 pm

          Government subsidies are being phased out? I hadn't heard that. That's really unfortunate. They're a great way to encourage people to take advantage of renewable energy! Hopefully something else comes into play that will serve the same function.

      • Dann Albright
        September 2, 2015 at 9:45 pm

        Tony, that all might be true, but this article isn't about installing solar panels on your house (which may or may not be effective in England; I have no idea). It's about little devices that you can use to start cutting down on your electricity consumption. And those, which have much smaller panels, do tend to suffer in the UK. It's not about the latitude; it's about it being cloudy all the time, especially in the winter. Seasonal affective disorder is big in the UK for a reason.

  5. Anonymous
    August 29, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Sorry, Dann, but with the exception of the Solar Backpack, the Window Charger and the Stick-on Outdoor Lights, the solar devices are more trouble than they're worth. You have to bring them out in the Sun, then remember to bring them out of the Sun so you can use them. More time is spent trundling them around then using them.

    Yes, it is "kewl", chic and environmentally responsible to be green but 9 out of these 12 devices are just too inconvenient to use. They would be something that Bill Nye and Ed Begley Jr. would use for no other reason than because they are solar powered.

    • Dann Albright
      August 29, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      I think saying that something is inconvenient to move in and out of the sun is much more a personal argument than one against the device. A number of these can sit somewhere in your house that gets a good amount of sunlight, which means you don't have to move them at all, or very little. The Bluetooth speaker is meant to be used outside, in the sun. The Skylock will be outside a good portion of the time. The keyboard can be set in a window in the sun next to your desk. Same with the reading lamp.

      So it seems to me that these aren't inconvenient in themselves; it's just that you're worried about expending the energy or remembering to carry a lantern, flashlight, or cell phone charger outside for a few hours and then bring it back in before you use it. And that's totally fine. But that doesn't mean that these devices are more effort than they're worth for everyone, or just in general.

      • Mihir Patkar
        August 30, 2015 at 5:41 am

        I think fcd's point was about mass adoption. Till the convenience factor matches up to what existing technology offers, mass adoption is unlikely. (Or at least I think that was fcd's point :D)

        • Dann Albright
          August 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm

          Ah, I see. Yes, that's definitely something I'd agree with. Unfortunately, I think solar isn't ready for the big time when it comes to small devices. I'm not sure what it'll take for that to happen; hopefully some company or other figures it out soon. Roof-size panels are great, but something needs to change to bring the smaller ones to the next level.