Nowadays, our lives rely heavily on gadgets. Most of our school, work and personal related depend on the newest and fastest technological devices. But however tech-savvy this generation is now, gadgets still require energy to run. And if you’re planning on going to a camping trip or any outdoor activities and you can’t leave your cell phones or laptops or other gadgets behind, then you won’t be able to use them at all if their batteries run out, unless of course you pack extra batteries or find a wall outlet out in the woods.
That is until certain modern and technological advances paved the way for portable solar power. These devices work by harnessing the sun’s rays to generate power. There are different types of solar-powered devices that can cater to different types of purposes and situations. There are solar pads which are foldable and lightweight — very ideal for more extreme climbers and hikers in need of a quick recharge for their radios or flashlights. They are also very convenient since they can be folded down to fit inside your backpack, ensuring an easy load.
Another type of a solar-powered device is the power packs used primarily for purposes of powering up your gadgets. These are typically preferred by leisurely campers who can’t leave their electronic devices behind while seeking enjoyment or relaxation out in the woods. These packs can recharge your cell phones, laptops and tablets by using energy that came from the sun. Anything you normally charge on wall conduits you can charge using this kit. It use solar panels to get energy from the sun directly thus enabling them to power your gadgets up. Solar panels are the same mechanism used in producing and supplying electricity. Basically, it is a portable supplier of electricity.
Other examples of devices that are solar-driven include pocket calculators, garden lights and the so-called electronic or power purses, which are capable of recharging small electronic devices. There are also portable solar-powered devices with more than one photovoltaic panels or PV panels. These are more useful for more important power needs. Other notable developments have taken place that involves solar power. There are now solar-powered speedboats, snowmobiles and even motorcycles.
Campers and adventure-seekers are not the only ones who can benefit from these solar- powered devices. They can also be used in supplying electricity to a calamity-stricken area. Usually, devastation caused by a natural disaster often includes electricity. Power will be unavailable for days or weeks after the event and quick recovery for the residents will prove to be more difficult. But portable solar-powered devices have made it possible to provide enough electricity to aid people in these kinds of situations. It is possibly a good idea to include a compact solar-powered device in your disaster or wilderness survival kit.
In addition, solar-powered devices can also generate adequate electricity in powering up a small village. Thus, it has been used extensively to provide electricity for poor, remote areas in Third World countries.
There is no doubt that it is a reliable and environmentally friendly source of energy and a portable device can be more than just an emergency tool that you can bring on a camping trip.