8 solar gadgets that will help to reduce your energy bills

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At any given moment, the Earth receives 174,000,000,000,000,000 watts of energy from the Sun. These solar gadgets can help you capture your fair share.

  • How efficient are solar panels? The best panels are about 15-22% efficient.
  • Can I go completely off-grid with solar batteries? Yes, although you would need a large investment in batteries to take advantage of the summer sun.
  • Where can I find eco-friendly gadgets? Check out our green collection!

It seems crazy that we pay for a commodity that falls out of the sky. But that’s exactly what most of us do when the electric bill arrives each month. Instead of emptying your wallet, it might be time to switch to solar.

These awesome solar gadgets will help you reduce your bills and do a good environmental deed at the same time.

BioLite SolarHome 620 Portable Solar Lighting System

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BioLite SolarHome 620

This kit comes with three lights, a controller, an MP3/FM radio, and a whacking great solar panel. With the panel installed, you can power all three lights or the radio on sunlight alone. It’s already used by 40,000 homes in Kenya. (Price: $149.95 USD)

MPOWERD Luci Lux Pro Inflatable Solar Lantern

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MPOWERED lantern

If you spend plenty of time in the outdoors, this solar lantern is a must-have. It provides 50 hours of light on a full charge, with the built-in solar panel providing a top-up. (Price: $34.95 USD)

Monster Solara Solar Charging Bluetooth Speaker

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Solera speaker

Summer is the time for backyard music, and the Solara speaker offers exceptional 360-degree sound. The efficient solar panel on top needs only eight hours of sunlight to fill the battery, while LED panels provide some mood lighting. (Price: $199 USD)

SolSource Sport Solar-Powered Stove

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SolSource stove

Why burn charcoal when you can cook with sunshine? The SolSource stove lets you make the switch, with a bowl of perfectly calibrated mirrors. You can use it with pots, pans, ceramic, metal, or even a kettle. (Price: $331.55 USD)

Legion Solar 2 DIY Solar Panel Kits

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Legion solar kits

Of course, the summer will only last so long. But with a Legion solar panel on your roof, you can get free energy all year. The 100W version can offset your TV, while the 200W version can power a laptop or smartphone. (Price: $399 USD)

LunaR Solar Powered Smartwatch

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LunaR smartwatch

With the LunaR watch, you won’t ever need to buy another cell battery. This stylish smart timepiece will keep going forever on one hour of daylight exposure each day. Aside from telling the time, it works as an activity and sleep tracker. (Price: $199 USD)

Voltaic OffGrid USB Solar Backpack

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Voltaic OffGrid backpack

When you’re on the move, this incredible backpack lets you charge your gadgets on solar power. The built-in panel provides a maximum output of 6.15W at 6V, meaning your phone will charge in 3.5 hours. Meanwhile,  unused energy gets stored in the integrated 4000mAh battery. (Price: $199 USD)

River Solar Mobile Power Station

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River power station

Want to go completely off grid? The River power station is all you need. This portable 114,000 mAh battery pack (yes, you did read that right) hooks up to any solar panel. You can then power any device of up to 500W from the battery. (Price: $599 USD)

The best solar gadgets

If you’re wanting to cut down on your energy usage or go completely off grid, these solar gadgets will help you take a step in the right direction.

What solar-powered gadgets would you like to see? Tell us in the comments!

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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