Update your essential gadgets list since India now produces the world’s cheapest solar energy
Launching the world’s first solar-powered international airport isn’t India’s only major renewable energy achievement. The country is now cited as the cheapest source for solar power on the planet. Thanks to a somewhat unique combination of affordable Chinese products, abundance of real estate, and cheap labour, our nation’s cost of installing large-scale solar alternatives has fallen drastically. In fact, by 27 per cent since 2018.
So, if you’re an ‘outdoorsy’ person who’s looking to rejig your gadget and accessories list—now’s the best time to invest in quirky renewable energy products. These solar-powered devices will help reduce your carbon footprint whilst setting you apart from the rest of the pack.
When was the last time an astronaut, who has walked on the moon, designed a limited edition bag? American brand Sprayground has teamed up with legendary spaceman Buzz Aldrin to do just that. Called the MISSION TO MARS backpack, its highlights include 8 Solar Panel Strips, 2 USB ports, an External Battery pack, Pockets for your sunglasses, Laptop and Tablet, one large Main compartment and 2 smaller ones on the front. It also comes with a waist strap so that the accessory doesn’t float away in zero gravity.
Ever been on a camping party where the sole Bluetooth speaker dies slowly. Avoid the scenario by opting for a rugged solar-powered device that can churn out soundscapes over a 2 x 10W subwoofer that lasts for over 12 hours on a single charge (325mAh per hour). Try ExoXGear’s Sol Jam, a waterproof soundsystem that doubles up as a USB charging port. Though first released in 2016, it’s updated model is still widely regarded as one of the best solar-powered wireless speakers.
A 2,600 mAh battery charger that works for multiple devices—smartphones, tablets, or even your GoPro. EcoCharge is a sock resistant, take-it-anywhere product that is completely waterproof. With a recharge capability of over 500 times, the EcoCharge is a powerbank that caters to the adventurer.
A monstrous portable fridge with wheels, thats what best describes this gadget. Of course, it comes with integrated solar panels. This splash-resistant device does not require ice to acquire refrigeration—which means no slushy leftovers. Called Chill by Go Sun, it can provide 14 hours of refrigeration on a single charge as it is powered by a Lithium Ion, 144 wh, 38,500 mAH battery. The afforementioned battery has 3 USB ports to charge 3 devices at the same time!