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What are some top-rated solar energy products?

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Two items popular with solar power enthusiasts are solar backpacks and solar battery chargers. A wide variety of other items is also available, including solar tents, solar ovens and solar bicycle locks.

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Battery chargers operating on solar power can recharge a wide range of electronics, from cell phones to tablets and MP3 or MP4 music players. Several manufacturers produce these. Green Building Elements recommends an inexpensive model by AceSoft, while Brainz.org suggests a model manufactured by Soladec, and WakaWaka gets the endorsement of WallStreetInsanity.com.

Solar backpacks are essentially backpacks with thin solar energy panels and battery chargers attached. While the wearer goes about his or her business, walking around a college campus to attend classes or hiking or camping on vacation, the solar panels and charger provide about 4 watts of power to smartphones, tablets, cameras, iPods and other gadgets. Companies making solar backpacks include SolarBak, BirkSun, Eco Traveler and Eclipse.

For people who like to explore the outdoors, a desired solar gadget is the ER Emergency Ready solar and hand-crank powered emergency LED flashlight with radio and mobile phone charger. Much more than its name reveals, the ER Emergency Ready also includes a compass, barometer, altimeter and radio with AM/FM and weatherband access NOAA alerts. The device also has an alarm clock and bottle opener, among other features.

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