Solar power is emerging as a legitimate resource for all kinds of uses, from inside our own homes to the rest of the world. It only makes sense that outdoor gear manufacturers would take notice, as the outdoors and solar power go hand in hand. Access to solar panels and accompanying gadgets is becoming more widespread, and you can get your hands on a starter kit for right around $100. While a solar panel will most certainly charge your portable electronic devices (be prepared for longer charging times), there’s several clever gadgets and accessories that will make sure you’re getting the most out of your new green gear!
There’s no greater need for a solar panel than to provide light, as even your cellphone can fall short when it really matters. Never mind the amateur antics when it comes to shining light on a project with the dim glow of your cellphone! You need lighting that will work in a variety of situations, which is where the GoalZero rechargeable spotlight will come in ultra-handy. With its pistol grip, powerful 180 lumens, and 3-hour burn time, this rechargeable spotlight is a valuable piece of gear to have in your solar arsenal. It also includes a 12V car adapter for quick charging when you need it.
Take the music with you wherever you go with this solar-powered set of rechargeable speakers from GoalZero. A wooden sound box and bass speakers make for full, quality sound from your phone or media player. It has its own internal battery so you don’t have to worry about your device’s power being drained, and when not in use, the speaker simply zips up, protecting its contents from shock. The back of the case features a stretchy drawcord that you can use to keep your device attached to the speaker, and the rugged case is weather-resistant, meaning a little wind and rain won’t be enough to put it down. This little speaker can also be charged with a USB cord for faster charging time.
The Torch solar crank flashlight from GoalZero is the ultimate in versatile outdoor gear, as there is not only more than one way to use the Torch, but a variety of charging methods as well. You can operate the Torch in either flashlight or floodlight mode, with 4 20 lumen LEDs on the top and 18 on the side, giving you a softer or brighter light according to your needs. It can be charged with its included solar panel, wall outlet, 12V car adapter, or a dynamic hand crank on the back of the instrument. That’s right, you can use real elbow grease to power your light! One minute of cranking will afford you 10 minutes of light, so keep your cranking arm strong in case there’s a rainy day! This is our favorite piece of solar gear on the list for its ability to independently provide power in a disaster or survival situation. For the price, its value can’t be beat.