With the sun finally deciding to get its hat on, it’s time to think about how best to enjoy a (we hope) scorching gadget-filled summer. To get in the mood we’ve picked out a handful of the best, and most essential solar-powered gadgets that any tech-loving fan would love to own.
From backpacks to solar-powered lawnmowers, we’ve tried to find something for everyone to enjoy for some fun in the sun.
CrossKase Solar 15 backpack
For the ultimate summer hiking accessory look no further than the CrossKase Solar 15 backpack. The rugged rucksack has built-in solar panels that let you charge your portable gadgets on the move, be it your smartphone, MP3 player, laptop or games console. It has 9 device charging adapters, dedicated iPod and iPad pockets, and an integrated rain cover just in case the rain gods decide to spoil things.
Eton Soulra XL
Chilling in the garden, listening to Will Smith’s ‘Summertime’ is just one of those summer activities that just has to be done. Do it with the Eton Soulra XL. The outdoor iPod and iPhone-compatible speaker has 2 tweeters, 2 woofers and 4 passive radiators to supply 22 watts of sound powered by both a rechargeable battery and its fold-out solar panel, that’ll keep playing for up to five hours once the sun goes out, and charge your iPod.
Husqvarna Automower Solar Hybrid
As if this automatic lawnmower wasn’t smart enough, the Husqvarna Automower Solar Hybrid is also the world’s first automatic lawnmower to be partly powered by the sun. Thanks to an integrated solar panel and charging station, it uses less energy than conventional grass munchers. Did we mention it does the job itself? Leaving you to sit back with a glass of something refreshing, while you enjoy that freshly cut lawn aroma. The Husqvarna Automower Solar Hybrid does come at a price, mind. You’ll get just a penny change from £3,000.
SolarKindle Lighter Cover
The SolarKindle Lighter Cover is a new case for your Amazon Kindle that prolongs battery life, protects your Kindle, and helps you to read your digital book collection in low light thanks to a built-in solar panel that soaks up the rays of the sun to to offer up to three days of charge, while an LED light comes in handy for reading in the shade.
Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio
The iPad is the perfect gadget for a spot of sunbathe-surfing. The web kind, of course. But if you want to get some work done, pair it with Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio – a solar keyboard attachment that docks to your iPad. It works with your iPad via Bluetooth, and is powered by light from indoors or outdoors. Its multi-view stand props it up, suitable for typing, and watching movies. In the entertainment position it places the media keys for convenience. In typing mode the keyboard is exposed. And when you’re done the Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio neatly folds into itself, protecting your iPad from the elements.