Coolest Gadgets » Solar Powered Gear Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:00:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LunaR is a solar-powered smartwatch Mon, 02 Oct 2017 19:00:16 +0000

A smartwatch more often than not comes with its very own collection of features apart from simply telling the time. It will, most of the time, be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, alerting you of any incoming messages or phone calls so that you know who is contacting you without having to go through the trouble of taking out your smartphone from your pocket. However, smartwatches have far less battery life compared to their standard issue counterparts, for one simple reason: the processor within, screen time, and other chips require plenty of juice compared to just having a few hands ticking away. Why not harness the power of the sun? This is exactly what the deal is with LunaR, a solar-powered smartwatch that has been launched on Kickstarter.

Touted to be the world’s first solar powered smartwatch, the LunaR will incorporate next-generation proprietary technology, integrating various smartwatch features and a solar charging system complete with traditional timepiece aesthetics. Thanks to the transparent solar panel, it does not look unsightly at all, harvesting all of the sun’s power in addition to artificial light around, so much so that if you were to use it on a daily basis, there is virtually no need for you to charge it, ever.

Specially designed for outdoor enthusiasts, avid travelers and lifestyle watch aficionados, the LunaR will arrive in a sleek design alongside discreet notifications for text, calls and social media. Not only that, it has valuable life-tracking and monitoring functionality too, including steps, distance, calories and sleep data.Dual timezone timekeeping makes it a snap for travelers to keep on schedule at home and on the road, and it is also tough enough to be water resistant up to 50 meters. Those who would like to secure the LunaR smartwatch on Kickstarter will be able to do so for $239 a pop.

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Casio announces men’s G-Shock G-Steel line of connected watches Sat, 30 Sep 2017 13:00:20 +0000 gshock-gsteelThe humble watch used to be a tool to tell the time, but over the years, it has ended up as a fashion statement, one that could even cost more than an entire house if it is studded with jewels and other kinds of precious gems. Well, the watch was said to die a slow death with the introduction of smartwatches, but such a prediction has proven to be otherwise. The luxury line of watches continue to sell well regardless of the economic climate among the well-heeled and famous, while the regular watch maintains its market share as smartwatches struggle to break into the mainstream consciousness and being a “must have” item on everyone’s wrists. Casio forges on with its very first connected watches for men, the G-Shock G-Steel line.

In the new G-Shock G-Steel range for men, these new models will boast of Bluetooth connectivity alongside the ability to charge itself up via solar power, now how about that for bringing a 21st century update to the old school idea of a watch? Specially designed to boast of a new layer guard case structure that is not only slimmer than previous generation G-Steel timepieces, the new connected watches will represent the cream of the G-Steel crop. All of the new models will arrive in silver stainless steel (GSTB100D-1A), black resin with a silver stainless steel bezel (GSTSB100-1A), and a special edition black resin with a black, carbon fiber bezel (GSTB100X-1A).

Regardless of which model you decide on, all of these new timepieces will make use of Bluetooth low energy technology in order to pair with smartphones using the G-Shock connected app. This would enable the user to utilize the Phone Finder feature, change time zones, check the battery level, and set a timer or alarm from the app itself. Solar-powered charging capabilities, a new functional face design with a “turbine inspired” level indicator disc and a super LED light rounds off the list of impressive features.

The GSTB100-1A and GSTB100D-1A will respectively come with a $320 and $400 price tag, while the special edition GSTB100X-1A is going to be a tad more expensive at $700 a pop.

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Renogy reveals Lycan Powerbox solar-powered generator Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:00:21 +0000 renogy-lycanRenogy is a leading expert when it comes to renewable energy, and this time around, it has announced yet another addition to its stable of products — that is, the Lycan Powerbox. The Lycan Powerbox is different from all other portable power sources that you tend to see appear in the market for one simple reason — this is a solar-powered generator, which means it will harness the power of our solar system’s only star in order to keep it juiced up so that it can power other devices as well. We are looking at a commitment to 100% clean energy as well as zero maintenance, thanks to its interchangeable lithium-iron phosphate battery.

Available after its successful Indiegogo campaign, the Lycan Powerbox is a personal energy solution which is able to transform the power of the sun, turning it into easy-to-use and dependable energy. It is not only quiet, it is also highly efficient and of course, a pollution-free solution when it comes to being a portable generator. Unlike the werewolf which can only transform when the moon is out, this particular Lycan works great regardless of whether it is both indoor or outdoor. Apart from that, the Lycan Powerbox prides itself in being the first of its kind to feature a swappable lithium-iron phosphate battery, making it the most reliable and cleanest battery in the world.

Perfect for camping, tailgating or survivalist adventures, the Lycan Powerbox is more than up to the task thanks to a rugged exterior that is more than able to meet unexpected situations. It boasts of heavy-duty wheels that deliver an effortless movement, while extended handles makes it a snap to maneuver it on any setting. Since it is totally battery powered, it is safe to use indoors during emergencies, and works great as an alternative to lower your energy related expenses.

The asking price for the Lycan Powerbox will make anyone blush though at $1,799.99 apiece, although it will most probably be more useful than the iPhone X.

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Tertill is a weed-killing robot Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:00:46 +0000 tertillWeeds are the bane of any garden. They are so easy to grow and spread, and are extremely hardy. In fact, weeds are more or less useless, being more of a curse on the ground than anything else. However, just like life, we have to contend with the likes of weeds in order to make sure that anything that is worth attaining such as a good and rich harvest deserves to have hard work put in. If you have a reasonably large yard that you would like to protect against weeds using the natural way, how about considering the Tertill weed-killing robot? This is like a robotic vacuum cleaner, except for the garden.

The Tertill is a solar-powered gardening robot that is ready to ship after being a successful Kickstarter project. It tips the scales at 2.5 pounds, as this disk-shaped robot will go about patrolling the garden while it intelligently identifies and whacks all unwanted plants in the vicinity. How does it do so? Magic is not involved, but technology. Tertill makes use of unique design elements as well as a range of sensors in order to patrol the garden daily, as it goes about avoiding plants and obstacles, while looking for weeds to eliminate.

It uses this algorithm to figure out which are weeds and which are your precious plants: weeds are short, plants are tall. Any plant that is tall enough to touch the front of Tertill’s shell will then activate a sensor which will see the robot turn away. If a plant happens to be short enough to pass under the shell, then it will activate a different sensor by turning on the weed cutter. Fret not though, for your young seedlings, there will be protective collars included with each purchase that you can place around short plants and seedlings so that Tertill will avoid them until they are tall enough.

A spinning string trimmer will be in charge of all weed cutting activities, and since it looks for weeds each day, you can be sure that there will be no long weed problems to worry about. Since it is 100 percent solar-powered, this Bluetooth-connected robot will get to work without you worrying about charging it up.

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The Renogy Phoenix Portable Generator keeps you off the grid Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:30:09 +0000 Renogy Pheonix

While we like the idea of detaching from the world, there are a lot of gadgets that are just too darn useful to go without. Some of them still need power, but you don’t want to be forced to rely on being near an outlet if you’re trying to live as a hermit out in the woods. The obvious answer would be to rely on solar power, but what if you’re constantly on the move and can’t put solar panels on a roof you don’t have?

There are all sorts of solar-powered charging options to choose from, but the Renogy Phoenix Portable Generator would be all you need to keep running for a while. This is the size of a small briefcase, and has two 10W monocrystalline solar panels that can expand up to 120 watts with additional Pvs. This can be charged through a conventional outlet or car-powered with the replaceable Li-ion battery.

This will hopefully keep your lamps, coffee makers, heaters, flashlights, and more working for as long as you need. Regardless, it would definitely be handy in an emergency situation. It weighs around 13 pounds, so it’s not something you’ll want to put in your bag while backpacking. You’ll need about 15 hours of direct sunlight to charge this completely. It’s not a cheap buy at $574.99, but it all depends on how much you like having your gadgets charged up and ready for use.

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Renogy’s Phoenix is an All-in-One Solar Powered Generator Briefcase Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:00:30 +0000 renogyMany of us who are office drones would most probably have a briefcase to work with as well, and this is more often than not reflected in the kind of documents that we bring to and forth from work. Well, while some briefcase designs are different from the rest that tells of your allegiance as to whether you are a Star Wars fan or not, Renogy has something that is very, very different in mind. I am referring to Renogy’s Phoenix, an all-in-one solar powered generator briefcase.

The Phoenix is very, very different from all other briefcases that you would have most probably used in your life, since this intuitive and innovative portable generator is able to provide 100% clean energy without any kind of maintenance whatsoever, and has an interchangeable lithium-iron phosphate battery to boot.

After all, Renogy is a leading expert in renewable, non-traditional energy, and the Phoenix is their latest release. This personal solar energy solution will turn the power of the sun into easy-to-use dependable energy. It has been specially designed for mobile, off-grid applications and is also perfect when it comes to emergencies. Being compact in size, it works quietly and is a very efficient portable solar generator, being equally adept indoors as well as outdoors.

This is made possible thanks to a couple of highly efficient Renogy 10 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panels which are able to expand up to 120 watts with additional PVs (Photovoltaics). You will be able to juice up the Phoenix in three ways – the sun, standard home/office 120v outlet or an automobile 12v lighter outlet. There is also a high-quality LCD panel which will depict the remaining power and output usage.

It has integrated 150 watt USB and AC/DC outputs which will play nice with a full range of devices and appliances, capable of even powering TVs and small appliances. The Phoenix Briefcase will come with an asking price of $599 on Amazon at first as part of a promotion for a limited time only, before it is bumped up by another $100 later on.

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf looks to Zon for mobile device charging Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:00:04 +0000 zon-powersolI am quite sure that anyone who has had gourmet coffee would have tried The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at least once in their life. Starbucks, Gloria Jeans, and Peet’s are also other names that have become household mentions .While the kind of coffee served there might not necessarily be all that great, many people do hang out at their cafes for the simple fact that it is all nicely done up, and is the perfect place to relax and catch up with your family and friends. Most of these venues also come with their own charging points and free Wi-Fi, as some executives do go to such places to do their work. Well, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf rebrand and refresh their premises with ZON and its premier product – the Powersol.

Needless to say, the rebranding effort will see new logos, cups, as well as interior design and innovations introduced to the masses. ZON intends to make sure that the innovation effort of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will be quite unlike anything that has been seen before, especially when it comes to other coffee retailers.

The ZON Powersol will be a feature in future venues, where it functions as a solar battery hub that will be able to charge mobile devices as fast as a wall outlet — regardless of whether it is day or night. What makes this all the more interesting is the fact that it is capable of juicing up a trio of mobile devices simultaneously as fast as a regular wall outlet. You will also be able to make use of your mobile devices even as it juices up.

ZON’s charging stations will be wholly solar powered, where they will be fitted onto the coffee retailer’s umbrellas. This just goes to show how far solar charging technology has come from its early days, and whether other coffee retailers will follow suit or not remains to be seen.

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SolarWindow intends to develop electricity-generating flexible glass Sun, 05 Feb 2017 12:00:25 +0000 solarwindowSolarWindow Technologies has a name that is pretty easy to reveal its intentions — that is, it has something to do with harnessing the power of the sun in order to generate electricity in the long run. Well, they are the developer of transparent electricity-generating coatings when it comes to glass windows and flexible veneers, and have just announced plans to work on electricity-generating flexible glass. If that were to be realized on a large scale that can be incorporated into building projects all over the world, it would be big news indeed.

SolarWindow did share, “Along with our SolarWindow liquid coatings for rigid glass, we’re excited to expand our capabilities with brand new ways of generating clean electricity on almost any surface imaginable by using flexible Corning Willow Glass.”

The team of researchers over at SolarWindow have sought to apply layers of the company’s liquid coatings onto Corning Willow Glass. Once done, they laminated them under conditions which will simulate the high pressure and temperatures that can be found in the manufacturing process of commercial glass and window producers. The end result? A bendable glass ‘veneer’, which is no thicker than your average business card which will then generate electricity.

SolarWindow figured out that through the installation of these sheets over current skyscraper windows, it will be able to help provide relief for the monthly electricity bill as whole buildings can be transformed into vertical power generators. Not only is the size of the carbon footprint reduced, it can also be used on other flat and curved surfaces such as on automobiles, trucks, buses, airplanes, and boats. Truly, the road to a greener world where transportation and buildings alike will help make the earth be a better place to live in is being realized. We can only wait with bated breath as to when this development is made mainstream.

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This Solar and Hand Cranking Pocket Emergency Light is a keychain worth having Wed, 07 Sep 2016 18:30:21 +0000 Solar and Handcrank Emergency light

It’s not that we don’t want to keep functional keychains on our person at all times, but when there aren’t pressing matters to deal with, it’s not at the forefront of our minds. You really can’t know when you’re going to be somewhere that needs light, fire, power, or any other sort of emergency aid. That being said, it would be a bit of a burden to carry every possible precaution with you in a backpack all day every day.

While you don’t want a full pack of gear for just-in-case scenarios, it’s nice to keep some useful tools that won’t weigh you down handy. This Solar Powered & Hand Cranking Pocket Emergency Light will add less than half an ounce to your keys and gives you a flashlight should the world go dark. It’s a square, black plastic device that uses an LED bulb which will pull power through either sunlight or by cranking the internal dynamo.

This flashlight will give you around 3-5 minutes of light after a minute of cranking, 5-7 minutes after 3 minutes, or 50-60 minutes after being cranked to full power, which you can imagine would take quite a while. It has a brightness of 8-10 lumens, and will only cost you $7.99, making it a reasonable trinket to keep around. This isn’t going to save you if you’re trapped in the sewers with alligators, but it will help you find your keys at night if you drop them under your car.

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PowerFilm wants to roll out the LightSaver Max portable solar charger Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:00:14 +0000 lightsaver-maxThe modern day road warrior does bring with him or her a fair number of gadgets and mobile devices, all in the name of being connected to the rest of the world, not to mention ready to meet any kind of unforeseen circumstances with a technological solution at hand. Well, one thing is for sure — as the sheer amount of functionality increases with each of these new generation devices, the battery life will also need to be improved in order to keep up with the additional workload, so to speak. However, there are moments when there is no available power outlet to juice up tired devices, what are you to do then? A solar charger of sorts would definitely come in handy, and this is the exact solution that PowerFilm has come up with, in the form of the LightSaver Max portable solar charger.

The LightSaver Max portable solar charger is an Indiegogo project, which means it will need to meet its financial goals before it is realized. However, it does look as though it is on track, and should be able to roll off production lines in due time. No longer do you need to experience the hassle of hunting down a power source in order to charge up while you are enjoying yourself in the great outdoors. It does not matter whether you need the additional juice on the spot to attend to a work email or a call from a loved one, the LightSaver Max portable solar charger should be able to provide such an opportunity.

The LightSaver Max intends to be an all-in-one solar charger that is not only lightweight, but is still able to pack quite the punch. After all, the LightSaver Max will include an amorphous silicon panel and a built in 15,600 mAh internal battery to get the job done, enabling everyone from hikers to military members to charge electronic devices wherever they may be, regardless of whether it is day or night. It tips the scales at a mere 1.5 pounds, and boasts of U.S. military approved solar and easily fits in a travel pack.

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