Sun Powered Music: Solar Powered Portable Radios

Sun Powered Music: Solar Powered Portable Radios

Joel Pirela
Mar 31, 2011

When a natural disaster strikes, you'll want a portable radio handy to stay tuned to emergency broadcasts. But ditching the batteries for a solar model could be a better option. They're also a great way to listen to music on a hiking trip or the beach without having to worry about lugging a batteries-laden model. Let the sun handle the burden of powering your devices with this selection we've chosen.

Eton Raptor Solar Radio
The solar-powered Eton Raptor boasts a slender, 11-ounce carabiner-like design that seems positively packed with tools, including the standard AM / FM / WB radio, compass, LED flashlight, the more advanced altimeter, barometer and the super convenient audio line-in, bottle opener. It's also got a USB port for charging gadgets from the internal 1800mAh battery and it's even splash-proof. No word on pricing yet.

SolarDab Radio
The radio contains a top-mounted solar panel along with a level indicator on the display screen that shows the strength of the solar level being absorbed. The solar panel either powers the radio directly, if the sun is strong enough, or recharges the internal battery. Once the battery is fully charged, it can run the radio for up to 27 hours, and if that's not enough, the radio can also be used and charged via the mains. We like the different colors available.

You can even create your own solar powered boombox, like it's featured here. It includes an mp3 player that powers itself from the sun. iy was created with over the counter items for less than $70.

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