8 Solar Powered Gadgets for Outdoor Fun

By on August 30, 2013

With the waning of the summer sun and fewer daylight hours, it’s time to make the most of that yellow orb in the sky. With any luck, you still have a few opportunities to spend time outside and less time away from your computer. While you’re enjoying the end of the season lounging around, why not do something extra awesome, like harness the power of the sun! Beyond making Mother Nature your b*tch, using these solar powered gadgets will also allow you the convenience of your favorite electronic gadgets and gizmos when you’re nowhere near an outlet.

1. Eton Rukus Bluetooth Solar Powered Speaker (Amazon, $129)

No outdoor hang is complete without tunes, and no matter what you choose to listen to, it’ll sound much better out of a speaker than your iPhone.


2. Soji Solar Powered String Lights (Brookstone, $40)

Enjoy the benefit of the sun long after its set with these string lights that charge during the day to set the mood at night.


3. Waka Waka Solar Charger and Lamp (Waka Waka, $79)

It usually happens that your cell phone battery is dangerously low right about the same time that the sun sets. Here’s your answer to both a dying battery and the inability to find your charging cord in the dark.


4. Solar-Stirred Sun Tea Jar (Amazon, $19)

 Sun tea is a treat any time of year, especially if you don’t have to do the ‘work’ of stirring it yourself. solar-tea

 5. Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard (Amazon, $50)

It’s great if you’ve got a job with enough flexibility to take work outside every once in a while. Sure, it’s a bummer to be working on a beautiful day, but at least you can do it outside with this keyboard.


6. Solar Cluster Patio Umbrella (Target, $150)

Shade yourself from the sun while still taking advantage of its rays to charge this solar powered umbrella, which will let you enjoy the evening in a soft glow.


7. LED Solar Power Flashlight (Lazerpoint, $17)

Practical for boy scouts and festival goers alike, a solar powered flashlight always comes in handy. Just be sure to take it out of your bag while the sun’s out to get juiced up.


8. Solar Powered Clip-On Mini Fan (Amazon, $7)

If you’re spending time in the sun, chances are good that you’ll get warm. This small but mighty fan has a clip to attach it to your chair, a tent pole, or even the brim of your hat.


About Christina Broat

I'm a Seattle girl with So Cal roots who has fully embraced coffee, galoshes, and the fact that not every beach is replete with surfers. If I'm not in front of a computer, you'll find me knitting, exercising, or eating at the hot new restaurant in town.

One Comment

  1. Chris

    November 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    The Eton Rukus speakers work as advertised….and they sound great too!

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