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This category covers solar powered products, mostly consumer products.

Solar Electric Fence Review

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Electric fences are one of those applications where solar conversion makes a *lot* of sense. There are also some great brands of solar electric fence charger that make the conversion a snap. Unlike electric fences that are powered by AC, these fences do not require an electric outlet to work, making them perfect for settings where the fence is installed far away from habitation or electric outlets.

How to Charge a Phone with No Charger

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Have you ever found yourself on a trip with your cell phone or MP3 player about to die and realized that you forgot the charger? Frustrating, isn’t it!? The good news is that there are several options for solving this problem.

Solar Trickle Charger For Car Battery

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

This article reviews the use a solar trickle charger for car battery charging. A small solar panel mounted on a car or truck can help compensate for small quiescent loads on the battery that may lead to a no-start, dead battery condition if the vehicle is allowed to sit for long durations.

Do Solar Pond Pumps Work?

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Do solar pond pumps work? Yes! And they are easy to build, too. This guide covers the basic principles for building a pond with a solar powered pump. It also showcases a few pictures and YouTube videos of real DIY solar powered ponds.

Solar fountains are pumps powered by the energy of the sun. Their construction is not rocket science and anyone with any skill level can make them operate in a jiffy. All you need to do is connect wires from the PV module to the wires of the DC motor pump and you are done. Now all that is required is the sun. Place it in an area with bright sunlight and it works!

Solar Powered LED Grow Lights

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Although not a solar product per se, LED grow lights are an excellent load for solar power systems. In cold climates (like where I live) we have shortened growing seasons and many highly desirable plants like lemons, oranges, limes, kiwi, starfruit do not grow well here. The plants can be coaxed, but need to be given as much support in their early life as possible. A solar powered LED grow lamp can provide this extra energy they need to ensure good root development early in life as well as supplimental light durring the fall, winter, and spring. I like to think of a solar powered LED grow light system as capturing non-usable sunlight, storing it, and reimitting it at my selected target.

Solar Pond Pump Kits

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

If you are looking for a solar pond pump to replace your existing pump, or simply to add a new water feature to your pond, then you’ll need to be sure that the solar pond pump, solar panel, and batteries are all properly sized to one another. There are many solar pond pump kits on the market to simplify this process, but many of the cheaper kits are not necessarily properly sized.

Solar Powered Fountains Buyer Guide

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

There has been a huge explosion of inexpensive solar powered fountains and solar powered bird baths on the market over the last couple years. Just like any popular, new electronic device, there is some great value to be had and also a large population of crap. This article is intended to help people separate the crap from the value when looking to buy a solar powered fountain.