Teach your kidlets early how to save the environment with this Solar Car. Made in Switzerland (duh,) it is handmade of wood, has plexiglass wheels with rubber covers, steel axles, and a solar panel to replace fuel. At a size of 3.25 x 3.25 x 6.25-inches, the mini-vehicle will keep going as long as the sun is out or until the child is smart enough to stop pushing it along. The toy is available for $125.00.
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Outback hikers and urban explorers alike are often faced with a common problem: how to grab some juice on the go for power-hungry devices. These new backpacks and soon to be briefcases offer a potential solution by pairing next generation solar cells with a battery to enable on the go charging. While the charging might be slow (all day to charge a laptop) it’s certainly a great option in the face of an otherwise completely drained cell phone or laptop.
Stanford researchers have figured out a way to extend the life of lithium-ion batteries up to 10 times. Silicon nanowires will soon turn a 2 hour battery into twenty for cellphones, laptops, cameras, MP3 players, and other portable devices. Yi Cui, leader of the group, feels that the applications could include cars and storage generated by solar panels. A patent application has been filed on the Li-ion and Cui is counting on a current battery manufacturer hooking up with the idea. We hope so, too.
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We have been showing you Solar Totes all summer, but if you assume you can do them one better at half the cost, you would probably be right. A 2-part instructional article is available to help you achieve your goal. It only takes a basic bag, a solar panel which costs about $57.00, solder, double sided tape, vinyl tape, about 1 m two-wire cable, and textile glue. The site talk2myShirt is very explicit, yet simplified in its directions and would love some feedback if you create one with their instructions. They also give tips about using your new bag and mention that they utilized theirs to recharge a complete empty iPod G5 in approximately 6 hours.
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We told you about the Eureka N!ergy Tent, which contains plugs for you to juice up your precious gadgets while you’re out camping. But what if you’re going to the beach? We bring you the Solar Beach Tote from Juice Bag, which has a solar panel built-in on the side, and allows you to—you guessed it—charge that iPod, cell phone, GPS or whatever device you just can’t leave home without. As environmentally-friendly gadget freaks, we love the idea, but we’ll have to wait until the price comes down from the rather expensive $250 USD.