cool solar gear you didn't know existed

Solar powered prepping
Cool solar gear you didn't know existed or could afford

Here comes the sun... and the power!
Discover bright ideas in solar powered technology that can help
you not only survive, but thrive. Astonishingly clever solar tools
are now available for preppers - some you didn't even know
existed, like a solar powered freezer (ideal for diabetics), a
compressed solar lantern, or a solar firestarter that focuses the
sun's radiant energy to a precise focal point so you'll have an
alternate method of firestarting.

Cool Solar Tools You Didn't Know Existed
Solar power is abundant, clean, renewable, and effective. In fact,
each hour, enough sunlight reaches the earth's surface to provide
for the world's energy demand for a year. Here's our list of solar
products you didn't know existed:

There are many other "hot" ideas in solar powered prepping
awaiting your discovery. We've assembled a list of cool solar tools
you didn't know existed...

1. Solar firestarter.
The Solar Spark Lighter, pictured right, is a "hot" solar survival
tool. This lighterunique pocket-size solar fire starter and lighter is
made of  stainless steel parabolic mirror, like the one used to
light the Olympic torch. It's designed to focus the sun's radiant
energy to a precise focal point that can reach hundreds of
degrees! Use it for backpacking, boating, hiking and inlcude it i
your bugout bag and 72-hour survival kit. Just point this incredible
little device at the sun and it lights in seconds!

#2: Solar battery charger.
The Crane 11-in-1 Solar Battery Charger uses sunlight to generate
a current that charges pairs of batteries in sizes AAA, AA, C, or D.
It will even charge gum batteries.

#3: Solar powered backpack.
Does a  backpack need solar power? Don't turn your back on a
solar backpack! We take that
back: be actively energy efficient
with a backpack that enables you to enjoy nature and preserve it
simultaneously! Crafted to withstand adventure, the solar power
backpack, pictured both left and right, is more than a solar
battery charger. It is also a bladder backpack, with a 1.8L
hydration pack and has a plethora of pockets and compartments.
Think of a solar backpack for a get home bag if your walk home
from work would take you under eight hours.

Portability is key, particularly for a bugout scenario or for a low-
cost solution to start out in solar to recharge anything anywhere!
Take the solar backpack, for example,  pictured right, which would
be ideal for an urban
get home bag. Stash it with your
communications equipment, so you can communicate your
progress home and plan your strategy. You could also include
bivvy, defense and a survival knife, a Lifestraw (brand of water
straw), food, and other basic supplies to get you home to your
loved ones.

#4: Solar refrigerator.
It seems impossible, but you really can buy a full blown solar
refrigerator! The EcoSolarCool Solar Refrigerator, pictured right,
requires a solar panel and battery to operate this refrigerator.
This solar refrigerator could be a lifesaver for the diabetic.

Lighting up the night can restore the human spirit in a disaster
situation, but for a diabetic, the power of a solar refrigerator can
literally light up their life! A solar refrigerator for them is a
lifesaver because insulin must be kept refrigerated.

A less expensive option is the Sundanzer solar refrigerator,
pictured right, which provides exceptionally low energy
consumption, requiring less expensive power systems and
providing lower operating costs. This smaller unit runs on an 80-
Watt solar panel, 110 Ah battery and 15 Amp charge controller
(not included).

#5: Solar freezer.
It's cool to discover a solar refrigerator and even more amazing
that you can own a full-blown solar freezer! Sunstar pioneered the
largest market sized DC powered chest freezer,pictured below
left. You can go off-grid, instead of paying for electric bills. Use
this freezer anywhere it may be costly or not feasible to pull
electric lines replacing gas powered units.

Pictured right is the Sundanzer Solar-Powered Refrigerator. This
ultra-efficient solar refrigerator provides exceptionally low energy
consumption, requiring less expensive power systems and
providing lower operating costs. It requires a10 Watt solar panel
minimum, 100 Ah battery (or larger) and 15 Amp charge controller.

#6. Solar Generators.
The huge benefit of a solar generator is that it's silent and safe
with no noise or fumes! A noisy generator would otherwise attract
too much attention of human predators in an extreme situation.

  • Duracell solar generator for an apartment. Pictured right,
    the Duracell solar generator is ideal for apartments because
    you can use it indoors! (Most apartments don't allow gas

  • Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel (backpacking). The Goal
    Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel, right and below can be carried on
    your back:

  • Goal Zero Solar Recharging Kit (small). The Goal Zero
    Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit, is small, but powerful
    enough to help villagers of Democratic Republic of the Congo
    light up the night. Directly charge a Smart phone in about an
    hour. Charges up with removable AA/AAA batteries from USB
    or the sun.

  • Goal Zero Solar Generator Kit. The Goal Zero Portable Solar
    Generator kit is for backup power needed for camping,
    tailgating, light duty construction, or emergencies. A portable
    solar generator of this significance would be ideal for your
    bugout location. It's powerful enough to power lights, tools,
    refrigerators, freezers and life-saving health care equipment.
    If your goal is to go off-grid, then go with Goal Zero 9004
    Yeti 1250 Silver/Black XX-Large Solar Generator Kit, pictured

  • Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit: Whether you are
    working and recreating off-grid or experiencing a power
    outage, the Yeti 1250 Kit offers the power to get it done. It's
    silent, safe, and easy to use -- indoors or out. Pictured
    immediate right, it provides clean, self-sustaining power
    generation from sun, wall, or car.

  • Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator Kit with Nomad 20
    Solar Panel.  Quiet, portable power for base camp, cabins
    and unexpected outages, the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar
    Generator allows you to live life off the grid, camp in luxury,
    or power through an outage and with no noise or fumes of
    traditional back-up generators. Kit Includes Yeti 150 Solar
    Generator and Nomad 20 Solar Panel.

  • Sainty International Off-Grid Indoor/Outdoor Solar
    Power System. Ideal for powering refrigerators, televisions,
    washing machines, computers and other electronic devices!
    Off-grid indoor and outdoor complete solar power system.
    This beauty produces 5-days of power at 4-hours per day!

  • Wagan Solar Cube 1500: The Wagan Solar Cube, pictured
    below has 1500 Watts AC inverter (3600 peak surge power):
    2 AC outlets to power appliances such as radio, portable
    stereo, laptop computer, television, microwave, conventional

#7: Solar Air Lantern.
Meet Luci, the solar air lantern is emergency lighting that doesn't
need batteries or fuel; and there's no need to plug it for power.
The Luci Solar Air lantern, pictured immediate left needs only the
sun! It's not just a solar lantern either. Best of all, the solar air
lantern folds flat!

#8: Solar Shower.
Something as simple as a hot shower can be a real morale
booster in uncertain times.  You can use it to wash dishes, to
shower and to wash hands. With pockets for soap and shampoo,
and a wide handle grip for comfortable transport, you'll enjoy
having the peace of mind in knowing if life ever goes off the grid,
at least you'll have a hot shower. It heats up in direct sunlight,
and you can also pour your own warm water into the reserves. It
sells quickly, click the picture or the link for different sellers.

You'll be happy with this one. The durable, four-layer construction
includes a reflector panel, an insulator panel, a solar panel, and a
water reservoir along with diamond rip-stop fabric and a water
temperature gauge. The shower head is simple to operate and can
be turned on and off to save water. The extra-large filling valve
features a twist-off cap, and the wide, rubber handle make the
shower easy to carry. A pocket holds your soap, shampoo, and
other items. When you're done with the shower, simple roll it up
for storage. The shower has a capacity of 3 gallons and weighs 12
ounces when empty.

#9: Solar Clocks and Watches!
Solar timekeeping devices have come a long way since the sundial:

  • An alarmingly clever solar alarm clock. If your bedroom has
    lots of daylight, then you'll want the solar alarm clock,
    pictured left. Technically, this solar alarm clock is a hybrid --
    operated by solar/battery power. It will extend your battery
    life more than two years. It features a solar panel on top,
    and has silver case with green back light dial. It requires 2
    AA batteries (not included).

  • A solar watch you say? You may be skeptical that a solar
    watch is like sundial, but you're in for a treat knowing that
    you'll never need to replace batteries with the Seiko solar
    watch pictured above left. Okay, we tricked you a bit, it's not
    really a solar watch, but it doesn't need batteries! It has
    Kinetic Direct Drive – just move, and you power the watch
    automatically. Or hand wind it and see the power you are
    generating in real time.

#10: Hybrid solar powered flashlight!
The amazing hybrid solar-powered flashlight duo, pictured right,
doesn't need to be left in the sun to charge. Once charged you
can store it anywhere and it will hold a full charge for more than
three years! And This hybrid solar light is environmentally friendly,
durable, guaranteed for life, and always ready with 16 hours of
run time. You get two for the price of what you'd expect to pay for
just one!

#11: Solar communications.
Staying in communications with your family or group is critical in
an emergency. The ER Emergency Ready Solar/Hand-Crank
Powered LED Flashlight with Digital Weather Band Radio and USB
Charging Port, has a built in cell phone charger to power
communication with loved ones during an emergency. Pictured in
blue, immediate right, it's an AM/FM Radio with Weather Band
that never needs batteries and charges all your mobile devices!

The solar-powered panel lets you charge the internal battery by
placing in direct light for unlimited usage. Best  of all, it features
convenience of solar with hand crank option as a backup to charge
your cell phone and to get vital communications.

#12: Little Sun - the happy solar light.
The little sun solar lantern, pictured below, was developed as a
'socially conscious' lamp with proceeds from each sale contributing
to getting clean, reliable and affordable light to people living in
areas of the world with no electricity:

It's the perfect, happy little light for your kids. They can wear it
around their neck while camping or use it as reading light.

Extremely durable, you can affix this happy solar light to a
backpack, tree or use it for ambiance as an attractive table light.
The kids will enjoy this little lamp as much as the adults.

The collaborative effort of artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer
Frederik Ottesen of Denmark, this little powerhouse features the
world's most efficient solar cell, produced by SunPower, industry
leaders in solar manufacturing.

#13: Handcrank, USB and Solar Lantern.
There are three ways to light up the night with Goal Zero's
Lighthouse 250 Lantern, pictured at the top left of the page:
  1. Solar: The Lighthouse 250 can be charged by connecting a
    compatible solar panel. (The Nomad 7 Solar Panel can charge
    the Lighthouse 250 in about 7-14 hours.)
  2. USB: The Lighthouse 250 Lantern can also be charged by
    being plugged into a USB power source.
  3. Hand Crank: When you are really in a pinch, use the hand
    crank to get 10 minutes of light for every 1 minute of

Light up any situation with 250 lumens of bright, LED light that
you can also dim. It has a directional lighting feature to save on
power for extended runtime. Best of all the Lighthouse 250
recharges quickly from USB, solar or the included hand crank, and
has a built-in USB port to power small hand held devices to keep
you connected to the ones who matter most.

#14: Solar products for cooking.
A solar oven (also sometimes called solar cooker) is made with
aluminum reflectors to bake foods using the sun's energy. Used to
either heat food or sterilize water, this outdoor cooking method
concentrates sunlight thereby converting light to heat, and
trapping heat. The joys of solar cooking are immeasurable. Kids
will be in awe of home baked bread or a cake cooking slowly in
the sun. Boy Scout and Girl Scout leaders can have a fun time
with their troops, and preppers can have bonding time with their
family trying out solar ovens. Here are some varieties to consider:

  • Solar Hybrid Cooking Oven. The solar box cooker, pictured
    in red, lower right, allows four different pans to cook
    simultaneously. The kit includes the quality stainless steel
    pans. It's easy to carry, focuses the sun well and cooks cakes
    evenly. The electric backup is perfect to preheat or boost
    heat if necessary.

  • Solar Box Oven. If you're looking for a quality and yet
    inexpensive solar cooker, try the highly rated and affordable
    Global Sun Oven solar cooker, pictured below left. Pair it with
    the Solar Cooking cook book or Cooking with Sunshine and
    you'll be harnessing the power of the sun in off-grid style.

  • Solar Combo Oven Complete kit: oven, 2 pots,
    thermometer, manual, recipe booklet, WAPI (water
    pasteurization indicator) and solar reflector.

  • Sunflair Portable solar oven.

Be sure to keep your solar panels in good working order!
Keep your solar panels clean to get maximum energy from them.
Maintaining a clean surface on your solar panels is essential for
optimum energy efficiency. Depending upon the local climate and
other conditions solar panels can lose as much as 30 percent
energy efficiency when they are not clean.

Happy endings...
Indeed the power of the sun is amazing and preppers can harness
everything they need to live off the grid in comfort including a
solar refrigerator, solar lighter and fire starter, plus solar batteries
and more. Now that you are illuminated, you can live happily ever
after in an off grid world.

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  • Solar powered paper lantern style outdoor lamps. The
    pretty lanterns, pictured right in red, white and blue, collect
    direct sunlight during the day, and then they glow for up to 5
    hours. They automatically turn on at dusk and also have an
    easy on and off switch to override the sensor.

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