Have a Solar-Licious Summer

I felt compelled to write about solar-powered radio products today. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it’s such a nice day out, and we should all be outside instead of in our offices. Some of these products you may have already heard of…but I thought I’d roundup these energy-savers anyway in preparation for the start of summer. (Can you tell I’m anxious?)Soltronix AM/FM Headset Solar Radio ($29.95)It’s not the hippest headphone you’d ever wear, but it beats buying new batteries. Just 1 hour of a charge in the sunlight, and you’re good to go at the beach for 1-3 hours of listening pleasure. Even more, when fully charged, the headphones play for more than 20 hours inside and outside. Features an internal antenna, extended bass, and a NiMh AAA battery. Solar Radio ($19.99)I never thought I’d see gadgets on EddieBauer. Sure enough, here’s one.


This solar-powered portable radio clips onto a belt or bag. Comes with headphones. Available in Dark Red or Grass.NexxTech AM/FM Solar Pocket Radio ($8.99-$9.99)Or, if you don’t want to don the Eddie Bauer brand, here’s one from Circuit City. Comes in blue or yellow. Includes a belt clip and headphones. Sunlight charges internal battery up to 12 hours. Solar Rechargeable Lantern SL-9000SW ($64.95)I expect to do a lot of camping this summer, so obviously there won’t be any outlets around to plug in a radio or some lights (remember, I’m scared of the dark!). This Lantern features AM/FM weather radio and a 9-Watt flourescent bulb that provides 7-12 hours of light from the built-in rechargeable battery.

The coolest thing is that the 2.5 Watt solar panel unfolds on the back for handy solar charging and then folds close for nightime use. Comes with an handle and includes an 120V AC wall charger, 12V DC car lighter charger, and LED charge indicators.Solar Armband Radio & Emergency LED ($17.99)I also plan on doing a lot of running. Although I could use my iPod to exercise (and I do), sometimes I like to be old-fashioned and listen to the radio. Here’s a solar-powered radio that attaches to your arm for convenience. Comes with headphones and a AC adapter.