5 of the Best Gadgets to Solar Power Your Travels
Many of us look to jet off in search of sunnier climes but the sun is capable of so much more than just topping up last year's tan, it can power your travels.
Thanks to portable solar power banks, the days of cursing the fact that you've forgotten the plug adaptor are long gone. Now you can lie on the beach with your phone charging next to you thanks to free, renewable energy from the sun.
We're going to shine some light on the gadgets that can help solar power your travels… unless you're travelling to the Arctic in winter.
Alongside forms of transport, backpacks have to be one of the best inventions for travellers and it's hard to imagine how they could be improved, but it's happened. With a backpack, you're safely carrying your belongings around with you but with a solar backpack any electrical devices can be charged at the same time.
So, not only are you getting from one place to another with everything you need, you can arrive with a fully charged phone or laptop.
Buy the ALLPOWERS Solar Backpack on Amazon.
Thanks to portable solar chargers, you don't have to worry about packing a plug adaptor when visiting another country. The charger is roughly the same size as most phones, only a bit bulkier, and store energy during the day so that you can even use it to charge your phone at night.
Buy the JASBON Solar Charger on Amazon.
Portable Solar Radio
You're on holiday to have a good time so what better way to enjoy yourself than with music? Portable solar radios now make it possible to blast out your favourite tunes wherever you are (as long as the sun's shining).
Not only that, if you're a bit of a thrill seeker when it comes to your travels and like to explore after dark, then the Portable Emergency Radio from SAPE doubles up as a flashlight to help light your way back to the hotel.
Buy the Portable Emergency Radio from Amazon.
Collapsible Solar Light
Want the light but not the radio? Then you can get portable lights that store energy from the sun during the day, ready to light your way at night.
The SUAOKI Solar Lantern is the perfect model to save you space in your solar backpack as it's collapsible. Any excess solar energy can be used to charge your devices thanks to a USB port.
Buy the Suaoki LED Solar Camping Lantern from Amazon.
Solar Panels for Caravans, Motorhomes and Boats
If you're setting off in a caravan or boat then you don't have to wait until you get out to make use of the sun's energy to charge your devices. With a solar charging kit, you can attach a solar panel to the roof which charges a solar battery within the vehicle. The energy stored in the battery can then be used to power up your devices so that you're fully charged when you arrive.
Buy the Photonic Universe Dual Battery Solar Charging Kit from Amazon.
Why Stop Using Solar Energy When You Get Home?
So, unless you're travelling to a destination where the sun doesn't rise for days on end, you can now power much of your travels for free – but why stop once you get home?
By having solar panels installed on your roof, you can greatly reduce your reliance on your energy supplier and cut your bills – helping to save you money for the next trip!
Solar Guide can help you get the best start when looking to install solar panels by putting you in contact with MCS certified (or equivalent) solar installers near you. Simply complete one of our online forms and you'll soon be contacted by up to 4 local solar panel installers who will each provide a free quote. You can then choose the one that sounds the best, or not, there's no-obligation whatsoever.