Solar power Stories October 30, 2015

The discrepancy between first and third-world energy supplies is incredible. Nearly 20% of the world’s population lives without access to common amenities that many of us take for granted. Panasonic has set out with a new line of solar storage products, under its eneloop collection, that aims to provide lasting energy from the sun.

While it will fill an obvious need in electricity-poor countries, it also might not be a bad idea for your own shed or garage. Solar powered batteries have come a long way in recent years and Panasonic plans on leveraging that technology around the world.

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Solar power Stories January 29, 2015

Power bank deals are a dime a dozen these days. However, its not every day we see a power bank with the massive capacity of 20000mAh that can be topped off by the sun. Which is why today’s deal on the new ZeroLemon SolarJuice Portable Battery caught our eye. It’s available for $49.99 with free shipping, which is $10 below its street price and 50% better than its inflated MSRP.

zerolemon-solarjuice-batteryIts built-in solar panels can charge your iPhone about 50% after being in normal sunlight for just 8 hours. Bring it along while hiking or camping because its rain resistant and shockproof. It’ll even quick charge your iPhone 6 thanks to 2A USB outputs. Here’s a full breakdown of its entire feature set:

  • Top Grade A cell, built-in 20000mAh Lithium Polymer battery charges via a powerful 1.2W monocrystalline solar panel
  • Dual output allows for simultaneous charging of multiple devices at high speeds
  • Anti-explosion, lightweight, compact, and reliable
  • 1000+ recharge cycles over the life of the battery
  • Solar charging capabilities with any light condition
  • LED indicators reflecting charging & discharging process
  • Fast charging 2.1 & 1A power output for maximum iOS & Android charge rates (more than 7x charge for iPhone 6)
  • Ultrabright LED flashlight

The nitty gritty: Deal ends in five days and includes a 180-day ZeroLemon Guarantee. It’s important to note that all sales are final and it’ll take one to two weeks for your power bank to ship. Only available for US buyers.

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Solar power Stories December 5, 2014

Pvilion has teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger to create a clothing line that’ll help keep your USB devices charged, but most likely won’t score you any points with the ladies.

The backs of the jackets send sunlight energy though a hidden USB cable to charge a dual-USB portable battery pack. Once charged, you can use the battery to top off your smartphone, tablet, or any other USB-powered device. According to Pvilion, “…the high output solar cells can fully charge the battery pack which, in turn, can fully charge a standard 1500mAh mobile device up to four times.” That means the included power bank is right around 6000mAh.

There’s no way I would rock this jacket around town, but if I had an extra $600 to spare before a camping trip I may be slightly tempted to pick one up seeing as the solar panels are removable. On the other hand, I’d probably save 90% and buy a portable solar USB charger to toss over my shoulder if need be.

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Solar power Stories March 6, 2014

Amazon offers the Eton Rugged Rukus All-Terrain Portable Solar Bluetooth Speaker for $64.99 with free shipping. That’s 35% below list, $15 better than the average street price, and the best deal we have ever seen by $7.

Perfect for camping and tailgating, this solar-powered speaker can achieve a full charge from just 5 hours of direct sunlight and in return produces 8 hours of audio playback. You can also charge it with the AC adapter if you happen to be near a wall outlet. The internal battery can be used as a power bank to charge your gadgets. It is water-resistant and drop-proof from a height of 3.3 feet. Available in black and green. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Klipsch KMC 1 Portable Wireless Music System-sale-01Groupon is also offering the Klipsch KMC 1 Portable Wireless Music System w/ a free set of earbuds for $250 shipped. Today’s deal is available in an assortment of colors including black, blue, red, white and more. That’s $50 off the regular price and Amazon’s current listing, as well as matching the lowest we’ve ever seen this Bluetooth speaker go for.

It features dual 2.5″ full-range drivers, dual 3″ passive bass radiators, remembers up to eight Bluetooth devices, a 3.5mm audio in, a USB charging port and up to 16 hours of battery life on a single full charge. Along with a one year warranty and the free set of Klipsch earbuds, this unit has received a 4.6/5 star rating among Amazon customers.

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Solar power Stories November 20, 2013

expiredGiveaway: SnowLizard SLXtreme iPhone 4/4s solar powered, waterproof case ($130 value)

Today’s giveaway is the SnowLizard SLXtreme iPhone 4/4s case. This thing is no joke. It provides rubberized side grips, a 2000mAh battery powered by solar panels, and waterproof protection. The SLXtreme is absolutely the case you want on your iPhone during power outages or any adventurous activities. An iPhone 5/5s model is also available from SnowLizard for purchase.

The SLX is designed with the extreme lifestyle customer in mind. It features an integrated battery that doubles the life of your iPhone while water-tight housing allows the SLX to be taken down to a depth of up to 6 feet/2 meters and still remain operable. Also featuring an integrated shutter button, it allows for underwater photography and footage to capture life’s adventures.

To enter giveaway:

– Share your favorite (just one!) 9to5Toys deal from the past 7 days on Twitter/Facebook/Google+.

Get HYPED about your chosen deal as we’ll be looking for energetic influencers to reward with giveaways. Obviously, make sure you follow/like/circle 9to5Toys so we can contact you if you are the winner. Open to US residents only because of shipping and customs issues.

Winner will be contacted directly on Thursday (11/21) as part of the daily 9to5Toys Lunch Break on 9to5Mac. Good luck to all!

Solar power Stories August 31, 2013

Solar 7200mAh PowerBank Portable Battery / Charger: $23 shipped

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Today only, 1SaleADay (also via eBay) offers the 7,200mAh Solar PowerBank Portable Battery / Charger in Blue, Black, or Silver, model no. 5272, for $22.99 with free shipping. That’s the lowest price we could find for an item like this by at least $10. It can be charged with solar power or via its MiniUSB port and includes Apple 30-pin, micro USB, mini USB and other charging cable/tips but can change anything including Lightning iPhones and iPads. 

Solar power Stories July 30, 2013

Amazon is offering the Sunforce 50048 60W Solar Charging Kit for $160 with free shipping. That is $440 under retail, $93 less than the average selling price, and the lowest ever. Perfect for providing up to 60 watts of clean power to rural locations like campgrounds and RV parks but also great for power outages as a backup power source. The Charging Kit comes with 15W amorphous solar panels, the PVC mounting frame, 7-amp charge controller, 200-watt inverter, and wiring/connection cables. Each solar panel is weatherproof and can even withstand impacts from hailstones at 50 mph. expand full story

Solar power Stories July 7, 2013

Logitech K760 Wireless Bluetooth Solar Keyboard for Mac/iPhone/iPad $50 Shipped (Reg. $80)

 

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Amazon has the Logitech K760 Wireless Bluetooth Solar Keyboard for just $50 with free shipping. That is a total savings of nearly 38% off the retail price of $80 and the lowest price we have ever seen for this versatile keyboard. This keyboard is able to charge itself from lamplight or sunlight, indoors or outdoors. It can even operate for 3 months in a dark room off a single full charge. The Easy-Switching Bluetooth connection supports up to 3 unique devices.  Compatible with most Bluetooth devices including the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.  9to5mac reviewed an earlier version of this keyboard and loved it.

180 Amazon reviewers rate this solar keyboard an outstanding 4.5 stars.

Solar power Stories June 19, 2013

Goal Zero Solar charger/rechargeable battery pack: $89

 

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Today only, Amazon has the Goal Zero 19010 Solar device charging kit for $88.99 shipped. That’s 44% off the $160 retail price and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this pocketable solar charging kit. (Recently GoalZero was chosen as the technology behind NYC’s Solar device charging stations). This uses the sun’s power to recharge iPads/tablets and iPhone/Android devices anywhere there is sun. It includes 4 rechargeable AA batteries to store the charge when not plugged in.

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