With summer right around the corner we all have dreams of the great outdoors dancing in our heads. Festivals, beach trips, and camping excursions await– it’s time to start preparing for adventure. Before we set off however, it is essential we plan activities in a way that still preserve the amazing environment we seek to explore. According to The World Counts, tourism contributes to more than 5% of global greenhouse gas. Have you thought about how you can combat the negative impacts of tourism in your travels?
At the ConnecTable, we are big proponents of creating a more sustainable environment through the use of solar energy. Therefore, we wanted to show our fans some of the newest, coolest, most unique portable solar powered items you can use off-the-grid this summer season. In no particular order, here is our list of the “coolest” solar gadgets:
Solar powered bike lock
Designed for the avid biker, the Skylock is a solar powered “smart” bike lock that connects to your smartphone to provide keyless entry, theft detection, crash alerts, and a social network for bike sharing.
Solar powered backpack
Need to charge your phone while on the go? The Birksun line of backpacks was designed for the eco-smart traveler and allows you to charge devices while on the move, through solar power or by plugging in the pack to an electrical outlet in advance.
Solar powered tent
Festival goers will delight at this concept from Kaleidoscope. Through a partnership with Orange Communication and the Glastonbury Festival, the team designed a new tent with a sustainable twist. Coated solar threads are woven into conventional fabric, eliminating the need for fixed solar panels, directional glides can be moved throughout the day to maximize solar efficiency and energy collection. Inside, there is a wireless control hub which powers mobile phones and other portable devices and also provides Wi-Fi. Additional features include an internal heating system and “glo-cation” technology (allows campers to send texts to trigger a glow function to see tent from a distance). Don’t toss your old tents yet though, this was designed as a promotion for the festival and has yet to go into production.
Solar powered portable phone charger
A product by the makers of the ConnecTable, Grid2Go is a portable charger that is both lightweight, cost-effective and efficient for the avid traveler. Powerful and versatile, the Grid2Go can charge 2 devices at a time and can also be plugged into grid-power on poorer weather days to serve as a backup battery anytime.
Solar charged speakers
Can’t go a day without your iTunes? Who can blame you—there is a soundtrack to be made for every camping trip, hike, beach day… Lucky for us GoalZero created Rock Out– a solar powered speaker set, engineered with a DarkBass™ chamber for optimal sound quality and capable of syncing up with other speakers for an even louder party. It is also weatherproof, Bluetooth®-enabled, and able to play up to 10 hours of music on a single charge.
Solar powered reading lamp
For all of the outdoor bookworms, this Sunnytech solar powered reading lamp features touch-controlled brightness adjustments, as well as the ability to charge devices through its USB port.
Solar powered cooler
SolarCool Technologies has created a solar powered cooler that not only keeps your beverages cool for up to 18 hours at a time—it also can charge your devices. The company estimates 100 customers have the potential of offsetting a collective 5,000,000 pounds of CO2 per year.
Solar powered headphones
These headphones from Helios use Bluetooth® to enable users to listen to music and make phone calls wirelessly without worrying about recharging. Power is drawn from natural light through the solar panel on the top face to recharge its internal battery.
Solar powered toothbrush
No electricity. No toothpaste. No problem. The Ion5 uses solar power to generate negatively charged ions to break down plaque and tartar—without the need for toothpaste or batteries.
Solar powered grill
Who needs Propane when you can own a solar grill? GoSun has created a series of solar powered cookers using evacuated glass tubes. The technology creates insulation, allowing anyone to solar cook, rain or shine. By effectively capturing light from a broad range of angles, the GoSun does not require frequent readjustment, making it the lowest maintenance fuel free cooking device yet.
Have we missed any of your favorite gadgets? Leave us a comment and let us know!