Plug ‘n Play Solar Chargers

With the recent introduction of plug-n-play solar chargers into the market, solar power is within the reach of just about anyone.  You no longer have to be a technician or a tech savvy “do-it-yourself-er,” to be able to harness solar energy.

What exactly is a plug-n-play solar charger?  In its simplicity, it’s usually a solar panel combined with a battery pack, sold as a unit, which is capable of collecting solar energy and storing it in a battery. That’s all there is to it.

The feature that makes this type of set-up so useful is that you can use it to power or recharge your electrical devices, laptops, power tools, radios or even TVs, from the battery pack.  The solar power and battery pack are sold together, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility, cables, watts or voltages, or any of that.  And you don’t have to wonder whether the setup will work or not.

By using the battery pack, instead of trying to power your equipment directly from a solar panel, you ensure that you have a steady flow of power or electricity flowing into your equipment.  Even on a sunny day there can always be a few clouds.  When they move in front of the sun it there would be a decrease of solar energy being picked up by the panels, which would momentarily reduce the amount of electricity being produced by your solar charger.  But if your equipment is connected to a battery pack (which is in turn connected to a solar panel) the battery would take up the momentary slack in solar energy.

There are other advantages to using a plug-n-play solar charger kit, besides its steady flow of electricity.  Because of the fact that the solar panels charge the battery pack, you will be able to make use of solar energy at any time, night or day, regardless of weather conditions or available sunlight.  You simply ensure that the solar charger is charging during daylight hours, and then charge your laptop, cell-phone, iPod (or whatever you need to charge) at night while you are sleeping.

A little known fact I will throw in is that many people think solar chargers and solar panels only work in hot climates.  Not true.  Solar panels collect solar energy far more efficiently when they are cold.  Thus, ironically, they operate more efficiently in colder temperatures.  This fact makes them perfectly suitable for just about any climate.  All you need is daylight.

There are some factors you have to take into account with such a solar charger setup:

1. Whether or not the battery pack is capable of powering the device you want to power

2. How long it takes for the solar panel to fully charge your battery pack.

Once you know that, you can decide whether you have found the right solar charger setup for you or not.

There are now a wide variety of  ready-to-go, plug-n-play solar charger systems and do-it-yourself packages available, to suit anyone’s needs.  They are used for small portable power units,cell phones, camera batteries, iPods, and laptops, etc.  They are also used for larger systems which give remote or emergency power for AC and DC appliances such as radios, small TVs, cabin lighting and much, much more.

Plug-n-play devices and do-it-yourself kits are a great way to get started using solar energy at an affordable price.  They bypass the need for advanced electrical knowledge, and keep things simple.

By | 2013-05-16T20:53:32-07:00 October 30th, 2008|Alternative Energy|

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Megan helps others understand how they can use green technologies and tecniques to live cleaner and healthier lives, utilize natural resources, and adopt environmentally friendly living standards.


  1. Beverly Cain June 6, 2012 at 1:22 am

    For all the kinds of food in the world, it’s obvious that organic is the best and healthiest. We should not wonder if it’s unhealthy, because since it’s purely organic, that means that it is very healthy. The only thing we need to do is to wash it properly to avoid the dirt that may also contain bacteria. We should practice the daily food consumption of organic foods.

  2. My Breed Love May 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Organic food is really better than processed food. It probably retains the nutrients of that food. The processed food containing such things such as pesticides, which you have mentioned here, is really bad in our health and it also reduces the nutrients in the food. I like the information about how does this habit affect me. I think I will practice to maintain this kind of eating habit, because there are a lot of benefits to eating organic food.

  3. D56 January 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Organic foods are safe and healthy to eat. Plus organic foods are tastier. Price actually doesn’t matter, our health is more important than anything. Like they say, eat healthy and live healthy.

  4. Cheryl September 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Marty’s video is well worth watching! Parents and teachers, take note.

  5. Ian March 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Organic food is definitely healthy. I like raw vegetable salads and it’s a great way to keep myself healthy and in good shape. But I am always scared to take normal vegetables because I always have the fear of taking a little quantity of pesticides also along with them which may accumulate over a period of time to affect our health. That’s why I have shifted to organic vegetables now and I can have my salads without any apprehension.

  6. TW October 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Kelly does indeed have a great point. Health is Wealth, as many people say, and so wealth for health. Organic Foods are rich in many vitamins and minerals essential for our bodies’ mechanisms to work properly and also for our teeth to be strong.

  7. Tomas February 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Actually organic fruits and vegetables have a real taste. Also smell like real food not the plastic we get everywhere.

  8. cindy @ locksmiths canterbury February 2, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Thank you for your review on organic foods. I never realized that non-organic foods can contribute to teeth discoloration.

  9. Kelly from Best tooth whitener January 1, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Great facts and infos. It’s not that easy to regulate the habit of in-taking organic food. It is a bit expensive, for sure. But I agree with Cheryl that a lot of grocery chain outlets are out there with coupons for organic food which help us buy food at reasonable and cheaper prices. Ultimately, health is wealth. Sometimes you need to spend wealth to stay healthy…Cheers!
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    • Cheryl January 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm

      True, Kelly. One could increase one’s food budget and decrease one’s medical budget.

  10. Cheryl December 29, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Hi, Heather.
    I guess we get what we pay for! That said, however, I have noticed that there are discount grocery chains in my area that carry organic foods at considerable savings. For example, Grocery Outlet, Winco, and Costco. Some of the organic food is less expensive than its non-organic counterpart at a standard grocery. There are also some non-organic foods that are better quality than others. For example, meats and eggs that are labeled “free range” are not completely organic but are from animals that have been allowed to graze at times in a pasture or barnyard. You can look for dairy products that do not contain hormones and that are pasteurized rather than ultra-pasteurized. You can also shy away from foods with long lists of ingredients that don’t look like normal food words. In the summer, you can buy produce from local farms and you will avoid the chemical measures taken to preserve the food for long rides on trucks or trains. Then, you can freeze or dry some of that local produce so you have it available in the winter. There’s lots to learn, it’s true, but each new improvement we put into our lives is a step toward health and happiness.

  11. Diane@tooth whitening trays December 12, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Not only is organic food healthier, I find it just plain tastes better.

  12. Angie@Foam Wedge Pillow December 9, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Really wonderful information and it seems pretty handy. I appreciate it that you shared something so useful with the readers of this blog. I eat organic food all the time. But it can be expensive. Thanks.
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  13. Robert@Organic Pet Supplies December 5, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I really don’t see any alternatives to eating organic, for both myself, my loved ones, and my pets.
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  14. Dean November 2, 2009 at 4:37 am

    That’s right. Organic food is really healthy and beneficial for our body and hence must be eaten.

  15. George@Gourmet Food August 26, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Is there going to be a list of the negatives, or are we just going to choose to focus on the positives?

    • Cheryl August 28, 2009 at 11:02 am

      Yes, these are the advantages of organic food.

  16. Blane August 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    That statement from the FDA that there is such a thing as “safe” levels of pesticide chemicals is absolutely absurd. That’s like saying that there are safe levels of cigarettes that you can smoke, Anyway, I try and support my local organic farrmers and shop at Wholefoods every chance I get.

  17. nanda chengappa July 3, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    i want to know what battery i can use for a solar garden lamp which will be housed in a pole
    of about dia 1-2 inches ,and having a capacity to store enough power for lighting a led of 4-6 pcs giving a brightness of minimum 60 lumens for 8-10 hours

  18. Sandi@Date Palm June 24, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    My father-in-law has been a farmer for over 40 years. He has several farms where they farm both organic and non-organic produce. He has moved towards making all his farms organic after noticing the difference in product. He to noticed that fertilized produce contains a higher percentage of water than organic produce does, making the product less nutritious. Because he values his health and the health of his family he will only provide organic products for his family. I think that speaks volumes.

  19. Corrinne@Dazzle White Pro Review May 29, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Organic food is alot better for your teeth than normal food because of its lack of artificial colouring and extra chemicals to make the food last longer.

  20. John Snyder May 29, 2009 at 4:54 am

    healthier Food is awesome to our entire health system. The decay process of the human body let alone the dental system reduces quite substantially

  21. Sean@Atlanta Cosmetic Dentistry May 28, 2009 at 3:17 am

    I agree healthier food is going to make healthier teeth. There are lots of factors that could go into that. Even meet products, which have hormones injected into the animals can cause issue within the human body when you eat that meat.

  22. Organic food is good for health as it does not have harmful food color which are making our teeth yellowish.

  23. Chris4 April 29, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Of course healthier foods promote healthier teeth. Thanks for the article. Funny thing is that not only does organic food make teeth healthier, they are more likely to make teeth whiter. Less stains on your teeth from food coloring. Also because fruit contain acidic acid, that itself is cleaning your teeth without the use of harsh chemicals such as bleaching. Really great article! 😆

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