- Solar-powered gadgets are useful when there is a power cut
- They can also be used when you’re camping outdoors
- These take time to charge, but work just like electric alternatives
Switching entirely to solar power remains a distant dream for most people in India at the moment, but there are several gadgets that can help you reduce your dependence on electricity. These gadgets will continue to work when there is a power cut or when you go to places where there is no direct source of power. If you’re environmentally conscious or just want to reduce your electricity bills, these gadgets could do a small bit towards helping both you and the environment. Here are five super-useful solar-powered gadgets you can buy in India:
Solar-powered backpacks are surprisingly common. Lots of people find these very useful to charge gadgets whether they’re walking around a city or hiking out in the mountains. Solar charging takes time, so these backpacks are only for those who spend a lot of time outdoors. We’ve written about some of these backpacks such as EnergySac, Omnipack 2, and Lumos UnPlug. If a backpack is not what you want, you can always buy a solar-powered power bank or even a solar UPS to power your gadgets instead.
2. Water heater
Solar water heaters work surprisingly well as long as you have access to the top of the building. It’s obvious that you need to be living in a place that receives abundant sunlight, but generally speaking, most of India can use one of these, instead of an electric geyser. We recently wrote about the pros and cons of using solar water heaters so you can read that and decide if this is for you.
Traditional analogue watches don’t have too much of a battery problem. The pencil cells that power these typically last for months, if not years, before they run out of power. However, the idea of a watch that never runs out of power is quite appealing too.
Citizen Eco-Drive is one of the best solar-powered watches available in the market now. Other brands such as Seiko and Casio offer these watches too, so you can go with whichever brand you prefer.
The Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard works for up to three months in total darkness and charges itself whenever there’s light in the room. It works much like calculators with solar cells, and is a great wireless keyboard for those who hate replacing batteries on wireless computer peripherals.
If you’re heading out on a camping trip, a solar-powered flashlight or lantern could be very useful. It will take time to charge but if you hang it outside your backpack, that shouldn’t be much of an issue. If a lantern feels too bulky, perhaps you could consider a solar torch instead.