These 4 solar powered Eco-friendly gadgets are for campers who want to leave no trace, reduce their carbon footprint, and enjoy the outdoors!
Solar power is abundant, clean, renewable, and effective. Get this, each hour, enough sunlight reaches the earth’s surface to meet the world’s energy demand for a year! All we need to do is harness that power!
The best thing about solar energy is that the only cost is to install and maintain the solar panels.
Unlike renewable energy, we regularly need to explore for coal and oil. There is a constant need to drill, refine, and distribute the energy.
Coal creates acid rain, and “clean coal” creates coal ash, which is a sludge of toxic material. To link how this affects us in real life, ill point to a Washington Post article covering the recent Hurricane Florence disaster.
“A second breach has occurred in a coal ash landfill at a Duke Energy facility. Flooding had damaged a containment wall this weekend and led to an estimated 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash flowing into a ditch not far from the Cape Fear River…The company said the coal ash, which the EPA considers toxic, poses no hazard to the public or the environment. “
I am floored by the fact that coal and oil companies refuse to take responsibility for all the harm that they are causing. So what can we do about it?? Support clean energy industries!!!
The Product Life Cycle of Solar Energy
This means that the support through the purchase of its products is critical to the survival of the industry.
Every product goes through a growth cycle. Let’s take a look at this graph to the left, provided by cleverism.com.
In the introduction phase, the cost to produce products are rather expensive, but as sales grow it becomes cheaper to produce.
The reduction in cost is caused by economies of scale.
Economies of scale occur when it becomes cheaper to build a product because you are producing so much of it. You can think of it like buying in bulk, which typically means that you get the product at a cheaper price per unit.
As more solar power products are bought, it spurs new investment into creating more efficient solar energy designs.
In physics, the Shockley–Queisser limit, is the maximum theoretical efficiency of a solar cell. William Shockley and Hans-Joachim Queisser were the first to calculate this limit back in 1961. These two scientists theorized that solar panels would have a maximum efficiency of 30%.
Today, scientists have developed a solar cell that is capable of converting direct sunlight into electricity with 44.5% efficiency!
With a bit of time and dedicated research, we are able to blow past previous limitations.
Current most solar technology only converts electricity with a maximum efficiency of about 25 percent. As cutting-edge technologies spread, more manufacturers will be able to integrate increased solar energy capacity into their products.
So how can we get the free-market and companies to invest more in solar?? Read on!
How You Can Make a Difference:
Here is another way to look at the situation. By purchasing solar products, you are essentially providing investment to solar energy companies to create more efficient products :).
We are just starting to invest in solar energy. As with all new innovations, products need to go through beta testing (several trial phases).
We the people are a part of this growth cycle, and help solar energy manufacturers by giving them feedback. This, in turn, helps them make a better product which results in more utility for us.
The more time and money our society invests in any field, the more technological advances will occur.
If we do not support solar companies through the purchases of their products, it will signal to the market that there is not enough demand in this area to warrant investment in new technologies.
This will result in companies choosing to spend their R&D (research and development) budgets elsewhere.
Moreover, we will not reach the learning curve benefits or economies of scale which lead to the cheaper production of solar products.
You CAN make a difference. The mentality that your actions don’t matter needs to go away. Remember, 500 million straws are used every day!
With that said, here are 4 awesome, super useful camping gadgets that use solar energy!
This lightweight (less than 3 lb.) hydration backpack comes with a 7 wall solar panel! A 5 volt USB port attachment can be used to charge smartphones, tablets, Bluetooth speakers, GoPro Cameras, and more!
Around 90% of solar panels are made from silicon and come in two forms.
- Monocrystalline Silicon Solar Cells (more efficient and more expensive)
- Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cells (less efficient, shorter lifespan, and less expensive)
Furthermore, it also comes with a 1.8L water bladder and has several pockets and compartments for storage.
The ECEEN backpack is weather-proof, made from reliable materials, and is a necessary eco-friendly addition to your collection of hiking gear!
I recently bought one of these puppies, and boy does it have a long battery life! The battery can charge your phone up to 7+ times.
If you are thinking about doing a summer travel living the “van life”, this would be the perfect solution for keeping all of your gadgets charged!
You should charge the battery to full by a USB cable, and then regularly top it off by leaving it in the sun.
This solar power battery pack works great in conjunction with the solar hydration backpack (listed above)!
The backpack is a passive solar charger, meaning that it does not store energy. It can only charge things that are connected to the USB cord during the day.
But with this battery pack, you can save the electricity and power your gadgets at night too.
To speed up the charging, you can plug the battery pack into the USB cord that is connected to the hydration pack and leave both out in the sun for maximum charging capacity.
Moreover, this battery pack is relatively small for the serious power punch it packs. It’s great for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities!
What’s more is that the manufacturer offers a 12-month warranty!!!
Check out the Ayyie Solar Power Bank here!
The Green Elephant 3-in-1 bag really does it all! Portable solar shower, drinkable water carrier, and dry bag.
This bag is awesome for kayakers and whitewater rafters. Its multifunctional use makes it well worth carrying on backpacking trips!
When you are hiking around in the outdoors every inch counts, so don’t waste space with single-function supplies! This bag heats water for a warm solar shower (or can be used to rinse off your gear).
It is made of an Eco-friendly material called TPU, which is biodegradable (4 years if left in soil).
TPU is a trusted material that is widely used in the healthcare industry. Furthermore, TPU is solvent-free and non-toxic. What this really means is that you can drink from the bag and use it as a hydration pack!
Moreover, most portable camping showers are made from toxic PVC. To read more about how terrible PVC is for your health you click “Top 5 Eco-Friendly Sustainable Yoga Mats.”
The Green Elephant bag is super durable (abrasion AND puncture resistant), and it never cracks under cold conditions.
Even when full, the Green Elephant bag stands upright on a wide structured base. This bag is easily collapsible and can be rolled up for convenient storage!
What’s more, is it include a FREE bonus 5m rope that allows you to hang your solar shower bag anywhere!
Check out this nifty solar shower bag that comes in 2 sizes (Demi and a Double) by clicking here.
ECEEN’s Collapsible Solar Camping Lights are rainproof and can be charged with a USB cord or with the sun’s light.
This flashlight comes with a convenient hanging handle and is a pocket-sized portable LED tent light.
Of course, this camping lamp offers sufficient light with four different modes including:
- White light
- Warm light
- Warm light low
It is super convenient because it can be completely folded down. Space and storage are critical to all backpackers and campers. The silicone lampshade of the lantern is water resistant and can be used in the rain.
To check out the full details and measurements of the Collapsible Solar Camping Light, click here!
The 10,000 Foot Overview:
Help prevent climate change and global warming by supporting solar power products today!
Remember, by purchasing renewable energy products you are helping our society move toward a more sustainable future!
Don’t forget that half the battle is about conserving the resources that we currently have.
Water is one of the most important resources we have on this planet, and we are only able to use 1% of it! Click here to read about how you can save 10,000+ gallons of water every year in your home! What a 2-in-1 deal (save money and the Earth)!
Moreover, our actions toward a sustainable future have to be manifold. We need to increase our support of renewable energy, while simultaneously decreasing the demand for fossil fuels and plastic.
Moore’s Law is a computing term which originated around 1970, and it states that processing power for computers will double every two years! If we continue focusing our society’s attention on renewable energy, we will be able to achieve a future without fossil fuels.
For those who think that their actions don’t matter, I want to reference this quote:
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