All I want for Christmas are my solar powered gadgets. Well, this doesn’t have the ring to it like the “my two front teeth” song, but several photovoltaic manufacturers are rolling out interesting products one can give as gifts this holiday season.
Upon any green tech’s Christmas list may be items such as a solar-powered kayak, carrying bag or toothbrush. The solar-powered kayak is actually an outrigger attachment that fits onto a single vessel to use the sun’s rays to power a small trolling motor. Granted, this may defeat the purpose of exercising in the great outdoors, but if you’re feeling lazy on a Sunday afternoon and just want to float aimlessly on the pond while napping, this may just be an ideal choice.
A company called Noon Solar has come out with a carrying bag that has photovoltaic cells built right into it. The cells provide power to the bag so that consumers can recharge their cell phones, iPods or other small electronic devices. It’s kind of geeky and nerdy, but then again you’re reading this aren’t you? Yeah, me, too.
And, last up on the green tech’s holiday shopper list is the solar-powered toothbrush. The cool aspect about this toothbrush is not that it uses photovoltaic cells, but rather, no toothpaste is needed to achieve optimal oral hygiene. The brush actually uses a chemical reaction in the mouth to kill bacteria and plaque.
So, there you have it, a short list of solar gadgets for this holiday shopping season. Perhaps, next year, Rudolph’s red nose will be powered by solar as well.