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Matt Lawrence

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Solar Power Gadgets

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Thanks to major advances in solar technology, tiny solar panels now generate more efficient power for many things used in our daily lives.

Solar gadgets reduce our impact on the environment by reducing our dependence on electricity produced by fossil fuels, dry cell and chemical batteries. The following solar gadgets can even lessen the impact of a natural disaster simply by using the sun to power up the many modern devices we’ve become some so dependant on. Did you know that the small square plugs on our televisions, radios, portable phones are really DC converters? That is they convert the AC voltage to DC current that actually powers your device!

By harnessing the sun’s power, these solar items can keep your lights on, your food cold, your television, satellite dish, computer, cell phone, and iPod powered when the power goes out for any length of time due to electrical equipment failures or after any natural disaster.

Best Solar Emergency Gadgets by Matt Lawrence

The Best You Can Get

  • Solar Stik Portable Power Generators

    Matt says: Solar Stik™ Power Pak Systems are true solar generators designed for military, disaster relief, recreational, and boating applications. Available in nine different power generating configurations, Solar Stik™ provides unparalleled 12 VDC and 120 VAC power through an inverter, that can be used anywhere you need power, and supports a 24-hour cycle of constant power.

    Solar Stik™ portable power generators are custom fabricated in the U.S.A. and includes a tripod, securing stakes, Solar Stik™ Mast, two 50 Watt Solar Panel Arm assemblies, one 30’ Power Leash, and one rechargeable Power Pak housed in a military grade wheeled case.

    Solar Stik™ units are designed to be deployed by one person in less than three minutes (SAFE on an apartment balcony!) allowing you to power necessary lighting, fans, computers, radios, televisions, or refrigerator with no noise or deadly carbon monoxide fumes.

  • XPower Powerpack 1500 - 120 VAC, 60 Hz

    Matt says: XPower Powerpack 1500 is a not a true solar generator although solar IS one of the ways you can recharge the system. The XPower Powerpack 1500 consists of a battery pack that stores electrical energy, state-of-the-art electronics that convert 12 volts from the battery pack to household power, an AC power panel that contains two standard outlets, and a DC power panel that is used to run 12-volt products.

    XPower Powerpack 1500 is an excellent alternative to a generator and designed to run many different appliances with no noise, no fumes, no fuel, or moving parts. You can recharge XPower Powerpack 1500 using utility power from your wall outlet, from your vehicle, or from a solar panel (optional accessory).

  • The Hybrid Laptop Case by Eclipse Solar Gear

    Matt says: The Eclipse Hybrid Laptop Case is a rugged, sealed laptop case designed to protect, charge, and keep a laptop computer cool. The case is gasket sealed to keep out dust and moisture and features internal cooling fans to help keep the solar panel and the laptop computer cool while out in the elements.

    The case features an internal battery that can take a charge from the solar panel or an AC outlet providing extra power to your laptop computer and other handheld accessories through a USB port. The case features a solar charging solution on the lid providing up to six watts of power to charge the auxiliary battery.

    The Hybrid Laptop Case is the ultimate briefcase for providing protection and extra power for the outdoor professional, military, tactical, disaster relief, and homeland security needs.

  • Xantrex X-Power Portable Solar Power Pack

    Matt says: The XPower™ Powerpack Solar is a portable power pack that incorporates solar power in a compact, portable power source. Completely self-renewing, the detachable five-watt solar panel has the ability to recharge the power pack’s ten amp-hour battery by harnessing the sun’s renewable energy.

    The XPower provides 120-volt AC or 12-volt DC products anywhere thanks to a built-in 400-watt inverter, two 120-volt AC outlets, one 12-volt DC socket and one USB port. The X-Power can operate and charge a portable DVD player, 13” color TV, laptop, portable stereo, cordless phone, or portable cooler.

    Also included is an AC charger allowing for advanced charging of the XPower from a standard wall outlet, and a DC charger so you can re-charge it from a vehicle or RV.

  • Reactor Solar Powered Back Pack by Eclipse Solar Gear

    Matt says: The Reactor® Solar Backpack is the first in a line of backpacks that combines the traits of a typical back pack with a smart, effective solar charging module. The backpack has multiple pockets for your cell phone, PDA, hand held GPS unit, CD player or MP3 player, and a laptop computer.

    External side mesh pockets can be used for a water bottle holder or other items for quick access. The pack is spacious enough for books or extra clothing. The front zippered accessory pouch includes penholders, CD holders, an elastic lanyard for keys, and a removable clip for USB memory sticks.

    The integrated solar charging module can be utilized by using a common 12-vott automotive charging adapter made specifically for the brand and type of personal electronics you own. Using a cell phone as an example, you can trickle charge the cell phone battery during long hikes or hunting trips with the backpack using your existing cigarette lighter cord (not included). The result is an extension of battery life, and a source for charging when traveling in remote areas where traditional charging sources are not available, or in emergency situations.

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  • Eton FR500 Self-Powered and Solar-Powered AM, FM, Shortwave Radio

    Matt says: When life’s adventures take you off the grid, you need a device that can fill multiple needs and the Etón FR500 is a compact unit that you can take anywhere.

    It functions as an AM, FM, and shortwave radio with NOAA weather band. It also has a flashlight, an emergency beacon, and an emergency siren. Plus, you can use it to charge your cell phone or MP3 player. This little radio can be powered with the hand crank, or solely by the sun - and of course, battery power and AC power are also options.

  • Solarport 4.4 USB & 12V Connection

    Matt says: Lightweight but sturdy, the SolarPort 4.4 Solar Battery Charger could mean the difference between a life saving phone call or a dead battery.

    The cable-free, 12-volt connection in the hinge, let’s you link up to three units together to increase power output. Dual compatibility with USB and 12-volt car lighter chargers makes the 12-volt connection in the hinge to any electronic device a snap!

    The included BattJack Rapid Charger allow for charging your rechargeable batteries away from home as well.

  • Earthtech Solar Security Lights - Solar Motion Detectors

    Matt says: Is your home or business shadowed by trees from streetlights? Ease your mind with a solar light and motion detector that can light up dark corners when motion is detected. With a Solar Motion Light the light automatically turns on when motion is detected at night. You can have piece of mind and protect your home or business with ease.

  • AutoVent SPV Solar Auto Vent

    Matt says: AutoVent SPV is the original solar car ventilator that silently and efficiently helps to rid your vehicle of hot, stale, and stuffy air, even on scorching hot days. This is the one solar gadget that can be a real lifesaver on those hot summer days when your car is parked at the beach all day! While your windows remain securely closed, the AutoVent solar car ventilator eliminates hot air and odors from inside the vehicle and replaces it with fresh air from the outside, ultimately reducing the interior temperature of the vehicle. AutoVent solar car ventilator exchanges the air inside your vehicle approximately every twenty minutes.

  • LightCap Solar Powered LED Light & Water Bottle

    Matt says: The LightCap has a built-in waterproof solar panel, battery pack, and powerful, long-lasting LED light. Fill it with your favorite a 32 oz. drink and never worry about finding it in the dark again.

    There's no end to the uses you'll find for the LightCap. Use it at home for power outages. Fill it with your favorite beverage on your boat and use it as a chart weight. Use it for a combined water bottle and lantern on your next backpacking or camping trip. Kids will love having a combined nightlight and water bottle.

    The LightCap is a totally sealed solar power unit - so there’s no possible contact with the contents of the bottle and has a handy waterproof switch on the cap that lets you change from the white LED (bright), or to red (preserves your night vision).

    LightCap will stay bright for hours on just a four-hour charge of sunshine while the rechargeable Ni-Cad batteries will last for at least 300 cycles.

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