Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Solar-Powered Holiday Gift Ideas

Give the gift of green this holiday season and avoid the dreaded "no batteries included" clause with these solar-powered gift suggestions from UMA Solar.

Solar Holiday Lights

All the festive charm of traditional holiday lights without paying the traditional electric bill! Most solar-powered holiday lights use LEDs which run cooler and shine brighter than incandescent lights. Not only will they last longer, there is less risk of fire from overheating. Best of all, you won't have to worry about extension cords!

Solar Backpack

Convert an existing backpack or messenger bag into a solar-powered super bag with a Piggyback Solar-Powered Gadget bag from ThinkGeek . The charger includes two pouches, big enough for computer tablets and e-readers, plus built-in channels for running USB cables between pouches.

Solar Wireless Keyboard

The Logitech K750 wireless solar keyboard charges itself in any kind of light, artificial or sunlight, and will stay charged for up to three months in total darkness!  Just 1/3" thick, the keyboard features sleek lines and portability, perfect indoors and on the go.

Solar-Powered Sound System

Let the music move you, wherever you are. The portable Soulra XL solar-powered boom box features a flip-out solar panel. The panel allows you to charge your mp3 player or smart phone while listening to music through its eight speaker drivers (two tweeters, two woofers and four passive radiators).

Solar Hybrid Automatic Lawn Mower

The Husqvarna hybrid automatic lawnmower comes with a large integrated solar panel that allows the mower to extend its cutting periods before it needs charging. Best of all, you can leave it to cut your lawn while you sit back with a cold glass of lemonade. The fully automatic robotic mower will happily graze your lawn, return to its charging station when power is low, and send you a text message if anything goes wrong.

Solar Pool Heating

A gift for the entire family that keeps giving, a solar pool heater by Heliocol or SunStar will double the swim season in any climate. Enjoy a resort lifestyle in your own backyard! Heliocol and SunStar solar pool heating systems are maintenance-free and work with your existing pool pump, providing you with free heat from the sun.

Solar Toy Robot

For the eco-concious kiddies on your list, consider a solar-powered robot. The 3-in-1 Transforming Solar Robot not only teaches kids about solar energy, it transforms from a robot to a tank to a scorpion!

Solar Charger and Battery Back-Up

The Solio BOLT is a slick little charger that also works as a battery back-up for your smartphone, mp3 player, e-reader, GPS or camera. Just connect to the BOLT using your device's own USB cable. The BOLT holds a charge for up to a year and gives most smartphones more than two charges!