What Do you Think About Small Solar Gadgets?

| 5/13/2009 1:27:53 PM

Many people dream about powering their homes with solar energy, but aren’t ready to make the investment in solar panels just yet. But chances are you’re already using solar power at home, even if it’s only in a small way.

There are a growing number of small, inexpensive solar-powered gadgets available that fit nearly every budget. That includes not only the familiar solar calculator, but a growing array of solar flashlights, radios, cell phone chargers, outdoor motion lights and more. Solar-powered products also are useful around the homestead, for example, for solar-powered electric livestock fencing.

Over the last couple of weeks, we ran a poll asking people if they were using these small solar-powered products and a surprisingly large number of people —almost 90 percent — said yes!

Now we’d like to know more about what you think of these solar gadgets, including what products you’re using and why — or why not. For example, do you have a solar cell phone charger or radio around because it’s a good backup for emergencies? Are you using solar motion lights because they’re convenient? Do they save you money?

Beyond that, what do you think about these small solar products in general? Are they gimmicky? Interesting? Useful?

Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.

Karen Elkins
10/9/2012 2:26:23 PM

last nightI I dreamed up what I throught was a great idea to star a business on line. I was going to call it Gadgets. I wanted to sell small solar gadgets like car fans for when your car is parked in the hot sun all day while your at work. The first thing I do this morning is look up small sorlar items on the net and I come across your web site. Is it possible for me to use the name solar gagets or just gagets? I would love to start a onlline business or a retail store selling small solar gagets, do you have any advice. A list of wholesale companies.

k angel1
6/27/2012 1:12:38 PM

I love Garden Solar Powered Lights !!! They are nice and practical at the same time, I even made an article about my faves Outdoor Solar Lights http://www.squidoo.com/funny-solar-lights-for-garden-or-patio

Glen Graham
5/14/2010 9:25:40 AM

My young daughter likes a night-light om in her room. I know they don't cosume much, but it got me thinking and I bought a cheap solar shed light on a certain auction website we all know, and just fed the wire in through her window (as I did not want to drill holes when hopefully she won't need a might-light in a cople of years) so the 6-LED shed light is in her room. Even in winter it gives off enough to keep her happy, and only really dies off by about 6am or 7am. It is so effective, that it got me thinking that if we can do that from a very cheap 6" x 6" solar panel, then maybe LED lighting all through the house would be feasible and much cheaper than going the 240v solar panel way (which I priced up but it is still *far* too expensive here in the UK as the market is much smaller than in the U.S or europe).

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