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Gifts for Solar Enthusiasts

Solar enthusiasts are individuals who promote green energy by advocating for or simply practicing alternative energy use. That said, solar devices are pretty easy to come by and you’d be sure these enthusiasts would love that you’re both endorsing it and also buying one for them. Despite any solar industry issues, any gift that promotes green energy would be greatly appreciated by any sensible person. Check out some of our solar gift ideas below. Solar Battery Charger You’d think that with all our technological advancements these days, we’d be rid of batteries (at least the A kinds). However, all around the world, devices are still being made to run on these non-renewable items. Good news though, solar battery chargers help make it such that you don’t need to keep replenishing your stock while saving the Earth at the same time. Giving one as a gift is a great idea as it offers unlimited returns to the recipient. After all, they get to keep using their rechargeable batteries forever without needing to plug it into a power outlet.   [Source] Solar Charger with Powerbank One step up from the solar battery charger is the solar powerbank. It’s not actually a powerbank directly hooked with solar panels. Rather, it’s a powerbank that has a solar charger (Sunjack Battery Charger). With this nifty device, you can power up to 2 of your small to medium devices like smartphones and tablets with ease. If you have USB devices such as bulbs, fans, or even portable fridges, it can also do the trick. A good thing about this powerbank from Sunjack is that it’s foldable and can be carried around easily by hooking it to your backpack. Solar enthusiasts who regularly go off-the-grid will absolutely love this gift. The powerbank also has a bright LED light that functions as a flashlight. If you’re after an even better deal with 2 powerbanks, check here. [Source] Solar Planter Not all solar enthusiasts have green thumbs but when they do, that would make an excellent combination and this would make the perfect gift as well. Solar planters are simply planters that give off light when charged. There are some that have diverse features such as color changing modes or you can simply opt for a single color mode. What’s great about these planters is that they give off light equally as long as they are charged. That means that you can just leave them outside all day and they’ll just brighten your night automatically. [Source] Rechargeable Headlamp A solar enthusiast who stocks power aside can surely use devices that would utilize this power. What better device to...

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The last thing you want to worry about after a real-life emergency is a dying cell phone battery. Accurately preparing for an emergency can be tricky but there are a few steps you can take to rule out some potential troubles.  Take what precautions your can by assembling a survival kit that’s complete with backup solar power.   Top 3 Recommendations Understand the potential risks in your particular community. Have a plan of action.  In the event of an emergency, the whole family should have an agreed-upon plan of action.   Discuss potential meeting locations and establish third party emergency contacts. Prepare survival materials accordingly.  Keep one or two disaster kits stocked with basic survival supplies: Water and Food Emergency Radio First Aid Kit Whistle to signal for help Bandana or mask to help filter the air Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for sanitation Pocket knife with a can opener Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place Space blanket for heat Any needed medication, diapers, etc. Backup Battery with solar power to charge phones Oddly enough, emergency power isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when putting together a survival kit.  Here are a few steps to make sure you won’t be left in the dark. Identify Critical Loads:  What do you need? Figure out what you’ll actually need in the event of an emergency.  Unless you plan on spending tens of thousands to to run the AC and watch TV during a disaster situation, you’ll need to prioritize.   Solar itself is inexpensive but storing that energy in batteries can easily drain your wallet. The word need might seem pretty relative, but a realistic goal is keeping your cell phones charged and maybe a couple LED lamps in the evening. Choose a solar charging system JOOS Orange Portable Solar Charger For modest power needs, this little guy might be all you need. Keep your cell phone charged on the go with this durable, lightweight solar charger. The JOOS Orange is reliable and waterproof, delivering power for your iPhone, GPS, Camera, cell phone, and all your other hand-held electronics wherever you go. 1 hour in the direct sun = 2 hours 3G talk time The JOOS Orange will charge in the shade and even light rain!  If you have a tight budget but you want to keep your cell phone powered during a blackout, the JOOS Orange is the right choice for you.     Adventure Power 1800W Solar Power System Keep your cell phone charged for 5W for 95 hours with the Adventure Power, a “plug and play” solar power system for emergency situations. The Adventure...

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