Solar powered inventions are both practical, and kinda fun! Some of the solar power solutions people have come up with are astounding! I’ve rounded up some of the coolest solar power stuff I could find for you to feast your eyes on. This list is now updated with 61 solar powered inventions that will amaze you!
Genius Solar Powered Inventions Charged By The Sun!
You’ll love these cool solar powered inventions! Some of them are awesome and helpful in the field, others are purely decorative, and some are still in development. They’re all simply genius. My favorite is this umbrella (#19), and the cool bricks for your walkway (#35)! Check out the full UPDATED list of 61 solar powered inventions to find your favorites.
1. DIY Solar Powered Chandelier
Save on electricity with this cool DIY chandelier. You can make it here.
2. Wireless Solar Keyboard
If your desk is by the window, this keyboard will be perfect for you.
3. Solar Tote Bag
Going to the beach? Bring this tote bag along and you won’t have to worry about a power bank.
4. Color Changing Solar Power Plant Pot
Plant pots that are great for lighting a path at night.
5. Solar Powered Fan
Just the thing you need for summer.
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6. Solar Powered Camera Strap
Keep that camera charged longer!
7. Solar Watch
Forget the batteries, all you need is the sun.
8. Solar Powered Video Security Light
Solar and wireless. I’m sure you’ll agree those are two great things to look for in a video security light.
9. Solar Water Heater
No fire, no electricity necessary. Make this yourself here.
10. Security Wireless Camera
Stick this wireless security cam in your window and see how it goes.
11. Solar Grill
This will change the way you grill forever.
12. Solar Shade and Solar Generator
13. Solar Power Entertainment Lounger
How relaxing! Read more about it here.
14. Solar Bike
A bike with three modes: muscle power, electricity and of course, solar.
15. Solar Powered Ice Cream Vending Machine
Isn’t it ironic? The sun helps the ice cream from not melting. Cool!
16. Solar LED Lantern
Something everyone needs. Buy it here.
17. Solar Powered House Numbers
Help your guests find where you live with this awesome invention.
18. Solar Powered Laptop Backpack
Bring this backpack for your next camping trip.
19. Solar Power Sunshade
What better place to put solar panels than sunshades right?
20. Solar Powered Generator
Power your home with this generator.
21. Solar Pool Heating Rings
Great for anyone who loves swimming in warmer waters and doesn’t want to mess with a tarp. Buy some here.
22. Solar Powered Dog House
Dogs need exhaust fans for proper ventilation, and this is the solution.
23. Solar Night Lamp
Cute idea for the kids room.
24. Solar Wedge Light
Keep your staircase safe with these wedge lights.
25. Solar Powered Mason Jar Lantern
You can make your own version! They’ll look great on your porch in the summer. Tutorial here.
26. Solar Window Socket
It’s still in development, but still very cool! (One day!)
27. Solar Lighting Window Blinds
These window blinds are genius.
28. Solar Power Tile
These tiles are also genius. Say goodbye to big solar panels. Don’t you want some for your home?
29. DIY USB Solar Power Charger
So cool. Make it HERE!
30. Solar Water Distiller
Great for camping or living off the grid. See it here.
31. Solar Powered Patio Table
You’ll never have to worry about low battery when lounging outside. Get it here.
32. Solar Powered Phone Charger
Compact and handy, just what you need. Read more about it here.
33. Solar Window for Chargers
Why get a solar powered gadget when you can get a solar window?
34. iPhone Solar Charger
For those iPhone lovers out there, you need this. Keep your phone charged. Check it out here.
35. Solar Powered Bricks
Beautiful! Buy it here.
36. Solar Powered Patio Umbrella
Turn all that sun into energy you can use.
37. Solar Power Ball Lighting Fixtures
Just stunning. See it here.
38. Solar Powered Tent
I’m getting one for my next camping trip.
39. Solar Heated Shower
Hot showers outside is now a possibility with this amazing invention.
40. Solar Powered Water Pump
Cut electricity costs with this water pump.
41. Photosynthesis Solar Tree Charger
Don’t you just love how it looks? Check it out here.
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43. Solar Powered Boat
Save on fuel! Get more details here.
44. Solar Powered Oven
Want to bake outdoors? Now you can. Read more here.
45. Solar Powered Laptop
Forgot your charger? No problem! Check it out here.
You make your own solar panels with our free tutorial: here.
47. Solar Plug Socket
We’ve all been out and about when our phone battery has died and we’ve had nowhere to charge it. This handy device uses solar panels to absorb solar radiation and store electricity so you can plug things in on the go.
48. Portable Solar Kitchen
Another device that’s all about convenience, this portable cooker uses solar energy to reach temperatures of up to 370°C to cook whatever you want. Great for picnic lovers, it allows you to bake, fry and boil wherever you are.
Surprisingly, a solar powered wheelchair is cheaper than most of its electric counterparts. Additionally, it can go 10km to 12km on a charge, compared to the 7km of a fully-powered electric wheelchair.
50. Volkswagen Nanospyder
While it’s only a concept, the futuristic two-seater car uses nanotechnology supported by hydrogen fuel cells, solar power, wheel-mounted electric motors and inflatable organic body panels.
51. Air Conditioning
What better to use the sun for than to power an air-conditioning unit for when you just can’t take the heat? The unit uses a maximum of 500 watts, while a standard unit will use twice as much.
52. Vending Machine
In 2014, Coca-Cola installed the world’s first cold drink vending machine to run solely on solar energy. The solar-powered battery charges continually in day light and can operate for 3-5 days without the sun.
In 2007, South Africa’s NEDBank created the world’s first solar-powered billboard. What’s more, the power generated from it was used to power the kitchen of a local school—helping to feed 1100 children.
The world’s first solar and wind powered ferries were introduced in 2006 in San Francisco. The Hornblower Hybrid boasts a 45-foot high retractable solar panel-covered wing which can generate 20 kilowatts of electricity.
55. Hearing Aid Battery
Solar Ear’s hearing aid batteries offer hearing-impaired people in developing countries an alternative to costly batteries. The devices last for 2-3 years and can be used in 80% of hearing aids, with charging done via the sun, light or a phone plug.
56. Solar Impulse Plane
In 2011, the Solar Impulse made its first international flight, between France and Belgium. It became the first aircraft to fly without fuel in both the day and night, while carrying passengers, and is part way through a round the world trip.
57. Internet Cafe
The ZubaBox is a mobile, solar-powered internet cafe which aims to provide computing solutions to rural areas or disaster zones in Africa and was first deployed in Zambia.
While Solar Roadways® aren’t in use yet, the premise uses specially engineered solar panels, that can be walked and driven on, along with LED lights to create road lines and signage without paint. Heating elements also prevent snow and ice accumulation on the road.
60. Homeless Shelters
In 2015, teenagers in Seattle created small solar-powered homes for the local homeless community. A solar power hub allows individuals to access lighting and warm water at night, while there are also composting toilets and a kitchen area.
61. Traffic Signs
Areas in Australia now use ‘electronic ink’ signs which are traffic signs that use similar technology to e-readers but are solar-powered. They can be updated in an instant to reflect traffic changes and use zero energy when static.
What amazing solar powered inventions! I’m blown away by the level of ingenuity and engineering that must have gone into creating these projects. I included the tutorial of some of them so you can make them yourself, if so desired.
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What did you think? Are you going to pick up some cool solar power products now? Do you have other solar powered inventions that we didn’t include? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!
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