What better time to talk about solar power than when the sun is shining bright? This summer, take advantage of all that free solar power, and take a look at these nifty gadgets – from a swimsuit that charges an iPhone to a solar powered windchime, these items will give your summer that solar charge!
Electricity and water generally don’t mix well, but I couldn’t resist showing you this solar panel bikini, released as a limited edition by designer Andrew Schneider. Futuristic and sexy, the bikini can power small objects such as smart phones and cameras via a USB port concealed in the suit’s lining. You can even swim while wearing it – just be sure to dry off fully before plugging back in!
During an early summer evening, what could be more calming than a soothing wind chime? Well, how about one that changes color, emitting gentle light patterns as it sways in the breeze? The solar powered wind chime has seven colors that it rotates between, and the cracked glass bulb refracts the light to create constellation-like patterns on ground and walls. Gorgeous!
Let’s say you’re on a vacation where all you want to do is relax by the water with a good book. You’ve brought your Kindle with you, and its got great battery life – but why risk running out? The Solar Lighted Cover for Kindle 4 protects your e-book reader while charging it. The cover can help your Kindle’s battery last 3 times longer, and has a powerful LED that allows you to read into the night. At $62.70, its not much pricier than standard covers, so why not get protection and power all in one?
While you’re out enjoying your yard, whether its gardening or simply drinking a homemade glass of lemonade, why not enjoy the sight of birds taking a bath? Standard birdbaths are fine, but if you want something a little fancier, take a look at the solar fountain birdbath. It uses only solar power to turn your birdbath into a fountain that will deliver a steady stream of gently flowing water, keeping your birdbath cool for your feathered friends. Birds will be attracted to the sound of flowing water, and insect eggs won’t stand a chance.
Great for those long summer evenings when you want to sit outside without turning on the floodlights. The solar-lighted umbrella has 32 solar-powered LED lights in the underside of the canopy, and comes with a backup battery pack in case of cloudy days. Have your next dinner outdoors, and enjoy the gentle light and warm weather!
Have you tried out any of these cool gadgets? Share your experience in the comments!