Buying solar panels for your home isn’t something to take lightly. There are plenty of pitfalls to consider before making the switch. Nonetheless, when installed correctly, home solar panels can save you money.
When you want to use the sun for power, but aren’t ready to take the plunge by installing costly panels, you’ve come to the right place. These 12 devices for home and personal use will help reduce your power bill and your reliance on fossil fuels, ever so slightly.
These solar-powered products will help you get off the grid in times of emergency or during outdoor fun.
For those times when the power goes out, consider the Yeti 1250 portable power station from Goal Zero. From phones to refrigerators, this power station will get your essential home devices back online during times of emergency.
Use a regular wall outlet to charge your Yeti 1250 in about 18 hours. You can also charge your Yeti with solar panels and a wall charger at the same time.
Goal Zero offers several generators, starting for as little as $230. The smaller generators are ideally suited for powering mobile devices, including tablets, phones, and laptops.
Another solar generator worth considering is the Solar E Power Cube 1500 from Wagan. Featuring five solar panels, the Solar E can charge your AC, USB, or DC devices from anywhere during times of power outages or natural disasters.
The Solar E’s AC charge takes up to 24 hours. You should allow up to 18 hours of direct sunlight for a full charge. Each of the five solar panels is 16 watts each, giving you 80 watts of onboard solar panels in total. Use the Solar E during times of power outages or natural disasters.
3. GoSun Sport [UK]
The GoSun Sport is a solar oven that can bake, roast, or steam a meal for two in minutes. The device promises to cook food evenly with temperatures reaching up to 550F without the risk of fire. Its solar vacuum tube cooking chamber provides a layer of insulation, which keeps the heat in and the cold out.
The GoSun Sport works with ultraviolet light, which allows you to cook even when there are clouds. Ideal for camping use too.
Protect your gorgeous green lawn with the solar-powered Hoont Animal Repeller. The device emits ultrasonic sounds and flashing LED lights to eliminate roaming pest animals.
The Hoont Animal Repeller features three settings, plus an optional on/off LED flashing light.
5. Rugged Rukus [UK]
The Rugged Rukus is a Bluetooth-ready, solar-powered, smartphone-charging speaker. It’s perfect for home use or when you’re at a campsite or on a trail. When you run out of solar power, the internal lithium battery will keep the music going for another eight hours.
With a splash-proof rating of IPX-4, the Rugged Rukus is sure to make plenty of noise. Available in green and black.
Are you looking for more power? Consider the Rugged Rukus Extreme.
Another solar-powered speaker worth considering is the Sol Jam from Ecoxgear. Creating 325 mAh per hour, this speaker also includes acts as a power bank so you can charge your smartphone as well.
The Sol Jam speaker exceeds the IPX-7 waterproof standard which means you can drop it in the pool with no worries.
Are you looking for a fun solar-powered product? Consider the Solar Mountie by Kikkerland. With this keepsake, your bookshelf, windowsill, or dashboard is always secure by a waving Mountie. A portion of the sale goes to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Foundation to fund community programs.
Whether at school, on a hike, or a walk around the town, these solar-powered products each serve a useful purpose.
8. ECEEN Solar Backpack [UK]
Living off the grid never looked so good thanks to the Solar Backpack by ECEEN. Ideal for hiking, biking, or camping, this product includes a waterproof emergency bank/backup battery pack that’s rated at 10,000mAh.
Available in multiple colors, the Solar Backpack will charge all of your small mobile essentials, include tablets, smartphones, and more.
If you’re looking for a little bit more style, consider one of the many solar backpacks from BirkSun. The company’s entire lineup of bags is waterproof, lightweight, and durable. Better still, the products are TSA approved.
Each BirkSun bag charges your mobile devices in the same amount of time as a wall-powered unit would.
Created by Lattis, the Ellipse bike lock features keyless entry and a theft alert system. To unlock, just use the Ellipse app on your phone. When you’re bike is disturbed, you’ll receive an alert, with a range up to 800 feet.
The Ellipse’s built-in solar panel automatically charges the battery as you go about your day. You can also power the bike lock using a micro-USB charger.
Don’t be caught off guard and run out of power for your mobile devices. With the SPC12k solar phone charger, you’ll always have a 12,000 mAh battery pack ready to go.
Featuring dual USB connections, the SPC12k has an IPX-6 water/dust resistance rating. Its rubberized casing protects it from minor falls.
Tired of constantly charging your wireless keyboard? Consider the K750 wireless solar keyboard from Logitech. When fully charged, this keyboard will work up to three months in total darkness.
The K750 is only 1/3-inch thick and powered by 2.4 GHz wireless. It’s compatible with Windows-based laptop and desktop PCs only.
Are you using a Mac? Though not solar-powered, there are plenty of other wireless keyboards available on the market.
A Lot to Offer
When you think of solar energy, you probably think of expensive solar panels that you need to put on the roof of your house. Other solar-powered products exist, however. They each serve a useful purpose while harnessing the power of the sun.
Tell us about the solar-powered products that you use. Let us know using the comments below.