Texas Living

7 Solar-Powered Accessories for Summer

By Haley Shapley 7.24.17

Whether you are spending your time basking in the sun by the pool, hiking through the scenic terrain of a Texas state park, or slurping slushies at an outdoor concert, there are a few things you should never leave home without: hydration, sunscreen, and a cool gadget that harnesses the power of the sun into energy efficiency. OK, that last one may be optional, but with products this handy, you’ll be solar accessorizing in no time.

SUNKINGDOM Waterproof Solar Backpack, $49.99
Ideal for outdoor concerts, trips to the beach, and daily life, the functional, minimalist backpacks from SUNKINGDOM can charge your cell phone in the same amount of time as a typical outlet would.

Beartwo Portable Solar Charger, $25.99 to $27.99
Looking for a lightweight charger to use as backup for small gadgets when you’re away from an outlet? The solar charger from Beartwo is compact — roughly the size of a large smartphone — and effective for anyone on the go and on a budget. Plus, it has a built-in flashlight!

Mpowerd Luci Color Inflatable Solar Light, $24.99
A wonderful eco-friendly lighting solution for any outdoor space, including pools and patios, these lights are waterproof and completely battery-free. Set them in the sun’s rays for seven hours to charge, and then watch the magic happen as they rotate through eight colors. When pool-party season is over, they can function as night-lights for kids (or adults).

Eceen Solar Hydration Backpack, $119.99
Head out on a hiking adventure with this pack by Eceen, which includes a 2-liter hydration bladder to keep the water flowing. The solar panel is capable of charging phones, tablets, e-readers, digital cameras, and other small devices.

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel, $59.95
At less than a pound, the foldable Nomad 7 is a high-quality option for those looking to invest in a sturdy and efficient solar panel for your home. Goal Zero also offers specialized products for photographers, backpackers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

TurtleBert Phone Charger, $20 to $29
TurtleBert produces cute, affordable, and compact phone chargers in both 2600 mAh and 5200 mAh varieties (two to three phone charges and five to six phone charges, respectively).

Eton Rugged Rukus, $49.99 to $75.69
Poolside, oceanside, or fireside, this speaker is sure to keep the party going through the night. Just wirelessly connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device and let the music play. As a bonus, the rugged solar-powered speaker includes a USB port so you can charge your mobile gadgets.

Just because you’re outside, doesn’t mean you have to disconnect (or use expensive batteries to power your electronics). Enjoy these solar-powered accessories for a carefree summer. 

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