Published on May 15, 2013 | by Jake Hughes

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Solar Power Fun

Make the most of the British sun this year with our pick of the best solar powered gadgets [flickr: Visions of Domino]

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SUNSHINE is a rare occurrence in Britain, so make sure you make the most of it with these amazing solar powered gadgets.

Eton Rukus Solar
Rating on Amazon: 4.5 stars
Best Price: £33.99 (Amazon)

Ever had your perfect sunny day at the park ruined by your portable speakers dying? Infuriating, we know. Well goodbye batteries, hello solar power! The power of the sun is harnessed with the Eton Rukus Solar Powered Stereo and best of all – its Bluetooth! Its got a chargeable battery that can last 10 hours in dark/cloudy environments – and you can also charge your devices from its USB port. Despite its small size, it’s still loud enough to provide a good vibe. And for only £34 its a bit of a bargain, too.

Soladey Ionic Toothbrush
Rating on Amazon: 4 stars
Best Price: £15 (Amazon)

If you’re sick of the mouldy sponge taste you often get while at a festival, then this solar-powered toothbrush is perfect for you. It uses a light-activated titanium rod to zap bacteria from your mouth by turning your saliva into negatively charged electrons, which then bind with the acid in your plaque to balance the PH and improve oral hygiene. It sounds very impressive and sciencey, and you don’t even have to use toothpaste!

Gelert Solar Shower
Rating on Amazon: 3.5 stars
Best Price : £4.99 (eBay)

Be the freshest smelling person on the campsite – and the smuggest! The Gelert 20L solar shower is great value at £4.99, and it’s clever too! It tells you what temperature your shower is going to be before you have it, and holds enough water to stop you getting caught out halfway through shampooing. When you see the queues for the grotty shower stalls at Reading, you will realise it’s money well spent. And for those who think they can go without showering for three days: You can’t. You shouldn’t. And it’s wrong.

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR…

Solar Charging Bikini

Although you may not be able to find these in UK shops yet, keep an eye out because  they’ve already received hot reviews in the New York Times, Which?, and loads of websites. Using over 200 individual solar cells, this swimwear can generate enough power to charge your mp3 player, smartphone or laptop. The website recommends against actually getting into the water with your device still plugged in.

 

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