Solar power is all the rage nowadays, and everyone wants to have at least one solar-powered device in their home. Although launched in the early 1970s, the technology was too expensive to be widely available to the general public during the early decades. Only since the early 2000s the technology became affordable enough to be used on a wide range of products. Now, the market is packed with battery chargers, complex mechanical components, small gadgets, toys and construction elements. Fortunately, there are a lot of gadgets to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the most exciting ones:
1. Moser Lamps
Moser lamps are one of the simplest solar powered lamps you can get. They are just plastic bottles filled with bleach and water. When mounted on the roof of your house they emit light with a strength of 40 to 70 watts, depending on the size of the unit. The light refracts from the surface of your roof through a “light cable” and goes directly to the lamps. They are great if you want to light up your attic and create your own, intimate personal room.
2. Solar Shingles
Everyone wants to have a solar panel on their roof, but wouldn’t you want to stand out from the crowd and get custom made solar shingles? Companies are now offering solar shingles, according to them, the shingles are a great alternative for common solar panels. In fact, these shingles are miniature solar panels containing photovoltaic cells. They have a similar shape but are much smaller than regular panels. Just like normal shingles, they provide protection against rain and other weather phenomena, but they also generate cheap, green energy. According experts, like Bob Heinmiller, the solar shingles can reduce your electricity bill by almost 70 percent.
3. Logitech Solar Powered Keyboard
Your desktop computer is one of the thirstiest power users in your home and finding a way to reduce the electricity bill is always great. Even though keyboards don’t necessarily use a lot of power, making it solar, powered helps. Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is here to show us that a keyboard can work more than three months with only a two-hour charging time. The keyboard charges from either sunlight or artificial light and is only 1/3 inch thick, making it a sleek addition to your home office desk.
4. Solar Powered Driveway Lights
Solar power can work in your favor especially on the outside. An American manufacturer recently launched a line of outdoor solar brick lights, perfect for your driveway, patio or back garden. They are easy to install, made of durable plastic and work non-stop without any additional costs. They can withstand the weight of a car, and once you place them, they generate light for years to come. Get them and your driveway will be lit up every night for free.
5. Solar Powered Bike Locks
You can get your bike stolen right from your drive way, and cycle enthusiasts around the world know it. Having a high-quality bike lock is your best bet against theft. Skylock, a company based in Boston, MA, came out with a futuristic-looking lock that impressed even hardcore cyclists out there. It has a built-in solar panel that provides power for a whole week without any additional batteries. You only have to leave it one hour in the sun, and you are good to go. What’s more, you won’t even need a set of keys to unlock your bike – you can use your smartphone to do it. The device also has an intelligent security feature that alerts the police if your bike is stolen. The company also manufacturers other types of solar powered locks which can use around the house.