Kermit might not think it’s easy to be green, but every day, more and more environmentally healthy and user-friendly devices are becoming available. And some of these are portable and easy to use.
Take this mini portable solar panel battery recharger. It’s a nifty gadget that generates 4 different voltages – 3, 6, 9, and 12 volts – using stored solar power.
You simply slide the yellow lever to select the voltage you need. For example, to charge 2 AA rechargeable batteries (1.5 volts per battery) you slide the lever to position 1 for 3 volts and pop the batteries into the compartment on the backside of the panel. To charge a 3.6 volt battery for a cell phone you’d slide the lever to the 2nd position for 6 volts and plug the connector into the phone. There are 5 different connectors plus alligator clips included.
The handle doubles as an adjustable stand which allows the panel to be positioned for maximum sunlight exposure. And it stores energy for later use.
You can charge all sorts of equipment with this little panel. Portable radios, cell phones, MP3 players, flashlights. You name it.
A great deal at around $25.00, I’m thinking this will make a great gift for my techie nephew. Fun, green and functional.
text and mini solar panel photo by Ann D. Travers
first photo via http://www.flickr.com/photos/knowmybackyard/2394376192/