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PowerFilm’s AA Solar Charger

PowerFilm’s AA Solar Charger works to keep 2 or 4 AA rechargeable batteries always at the ready.

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PowerFilm’s AA Solar Charger

The compact design makes the AA solar charger an easy addition to your next outing or excursion. Feel secure in knowing your AA battery powered devices will always be on.

How the charger works:

  1. The 1.5 watt solar panel charges 4 AA (included) batteries in 6 hours or less depending on the level of charge in the batteries.
  2. Once charged, the AA batteries are ready to be placed in any device running on AA batteries.
  3. Can be used to charge 2 or 4 AA batteries (charge time for 2 batteries is reduced).

What’s in the package?

  • 4 rechargeable AA batteries
  • 1 AA Foldable Solar Charger
  • 2 AAA battery adaptors for charging AAA rechargeable batteries

Best uses:

  • AA or AAA battery charging only
  • Digital cameras
  • Flashlights
  • Portable radios
  • Two-way radios
  • Camp lighting

Specs

  • Operating Voltage: 3.6
  • Wattage: 2.2
  • Current: 0.6 amps
  • Width (mm): 139.7
  • Length (mm): 800 unfolded; 82.55 folded
  • Width (in): 5.5
  • Length (in): 31.5 unfolded; 3.25 folded
  • Weight (kg): 0.224 w/ batteries
  • Weight (lb): 7.9 ounces w/ batteries

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Don’t put off your solar power investments, there’s money to be saved

If you continue putting off your investment in solar power your potential energy and money savings are virtually guaranteed to eventually get eclipsed by your utility bills.

imageGranted, cost efficiency has long been one of the most challenging impediments standing in the way of solar panel kits achieving mainstream feasibility, but the solar energy industry is enjoying some exceptional technological breakthroughs bolstered by increased investor and government support.

Solar power technology was basically in a holding pattern in the decades leading up to just the last few years, failing to offer consumers much at all in the way of proper incentive, falling drastically short of providing a reliable, day-to-day and efficient means of harnessing a sufficient amount of the sun’s energy gifting rays. Unfortunately, this cast a stigma on the solar power industry, contributing to a deficiency in manufacturer interests and investor confidence. However, our solar-energy development technology is now surging forward at an unprecedented pace. In fact, solar power is the most rapidly developing power-generation technology around the globe!

Solar energy researchers and manufacturers are now able to see further into a very sunny future because of the shoulders of the solar-energy giants upon which they stand. Now, each new development promotes the exponential growth rate of solar energy technology capabilities. This progressive development equates to more powerful solar panel equipment accompanied by consistent improvements in efficiency and reliability. And it’s these elements that have a major impact on the cost of solar panel kits.

This means that you can now pay less and get more. For example, the power output demonstrated by imagethe most recent generation of solar technology demonstrated an annual average increase of 60 percent, boasting an improvement of 118 percent from 2009’s output.

Furthermore, you’re afforded an even greater degree of confidence in your investment through increased government involvement, incentives, legislature and even law. A prime example of this was established in 2011 when the California State Senate passed into law the monumental Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) or the 33 percent RPS law. This law mandates that all California electric utilities will provide at least a third of their electricity from clean, secure, renewable sources, such as the wind and sun by the year 2020. This is exceptional news even if you’re not a California resident because such an influential state has now set precedence and created a model for other states to adopt, creating a down-hill momentum so to speak.

As new accomplishments continue to break through once unfathomable boundaries throughout the solar-technology industry, your options for different solar panel kits continue to grow along with them. In addition, it’s essential to keep in mind that a key element regarding solar power kits is front-end expenses versus. This is an ideal opportunity to spend more now to save and even earn more later.

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Material developed that stores sunlight and releases it later as heat

The sun is always hanging in space, blasting out more energy than we could even use here on Earth. However, sunlight is much less consistent at ground level. You have to contend with nighttime, clouds, and inclement weather to use solar energy, and that means storing it. Researchers from MIT have developed a material that might make it feasible to store energy from the sun as heat that can be released on-demand.

Most methods for storing solar energy are based on batteries, which have been notoriously slow to improve. This new material could make the process more efficient by storing energy via a chemical reaction for later release as heat. At that time, you could use the heat for anything you want. It’s an incredibly adaptive material as well, in the form of a transparent polymer film. It could be built into car windshields to remove ice, or as a layer in your favorite sweater to keep you warm on a chilly day.

Researchers were able to create this material with the aid of a molecule that exists in two states, one of which can store significant energy. The material is what’s known as a solar thermal fuel (STF), which have been developed in the past. However, this one is different (and more useful) in that it’s actually functional in a solid material. Past STF molecules were only active in a liquid phase suspension.

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When exposed to sunlight, an STF flips to a charged state. It can remain “charged” for several days. The molecules can then be triggered on demand with a small temperature increase or some other stimulus to release that energy as heat. You won’t be boiling water with this system right now, but it’s still impressive for an early design. The polymer film designed at MIT can currently release a burst of heat about 10 degrees Celsius warmer than the surrounding environment (about 18 degrees F).
The researchers are using a car windshield application as a way to test viability of the material. It would consist of a single layer of STF film sandwiched between two layers of glass. It’s a straightforward, but potentially quite useful application of the technology. It’s illegal to embed opaque heating wires in front windshields as many cars have in the rear, but the transparent STF film could be even more effective anyway. Testing shows that the burst of heat from a “charged” STF film is enough to melt the ice from a car windshield.

The team believes that it can raise the heat output of the material to as much as 20 degrees C above room temperature with some more fine tuning. They’ll also work to improve its transparency. Right now it has a slight yellowish tint. At that point, it could make a significant impact on electric cars, which use a large amount of their battery power to de-ice windows with electric heaters — and that’s only the start.

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Source: http://opcoa.st/0KQdb-8b04d