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December 20, 2013 AT 10:00 am

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Solar

Go green with these great solar products available from Adafruit and around the web!


Available at Adafruit

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Flexible 6V 1W Solar Panel – This flexible easy-to-use solar panel is a great addition to your next solar powered project. This solar cell provides approximately 6V DC in direct sunlight at up to 1W (approximately 160 mA). Multiple units can be chained serial and/or parallel to increase voltage and current. (Read more)


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Huge 6V 5.6W Solar panel – These panels come to us from Voltaic Systems, makers of fine solar-powered bags and packs. These are waterproof, scratch resistant, and UV resistant. They use a high efficiency monocrystalline cell. They output 6V at 930 mA via 3.5mm x 1.3mm DC jack connector – a nice upgrade to the 2W or 3W panels we have been carrying. The substrate is an aluminum / plastic composite, specifically designed to be strong and lightweight. They can easily stand up to typical outdoor use including being dropped and leaned on. They’re very high quality and suggested for projects that will be exposed to the outdoors. These now come with 4 plastic mounting screws which makes it easy to attach the panel, even to fabric! (Read more)


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Volta Racers Solar Motorcar Kit – Never go looking for some AAA’s again, this solar racer car requires no batteries! The Volta Racer Solar Motorcar Kit contains all of the necessary parts required to successfully assemble your car – including the worlds first flexible polycrystalline silicon solar cell used for powering toys. (Read more)


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USB / DC / Solar Lithium Ion/Polymer charger – v2NOTE: This product is only designed for use with solar panels sold at the Adafruit store. We cannot guarantee this will work with solar panels purchased elsewhere. Please purchase this kit and panels from Adafruit to ensure optimized functionality!

Make your projects to go green this summer with our specialized USB/Solar Lithium Ion Polymer Battery charger! This charger is a very unique design, perfect for outdoor projects, or DIY iPod chargers. We’ve spent over a year testing and tinkering with this charger to come up with a plug and play solution to charging batteries with the sun and we’re really pleased with what we ended up with. (Read more)


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Snap Circuits® Green – Elenco SCG-125 – Learn about energy sources and how to “think green”. Build over 125 projects and learning about environmentally friendly energy and how electricity works. Includes full-colored manual with over 100 pages and separate educational manual. Features-Hand Crank-Solar Cell-FM Radio-Energy Compartment-Rechargeable Battery-Windmill-Clock and Analog Meter. Compatible with the Snap Circuits family of electronic learning kits. (Read more)


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Switch Solar Bag – 6 Watts of rugged solar embedded into a streamlined case creates the perfect travel or go bag. Power and protect your iPad in the Switch’s padded tablet sleeve. The roomy back pocket is the perfect place to stash a water bottle, change of clothes, your DSLR or whatever you need for a day of adventure. Upgrade to the V39 battery for even more power storage. (Read more)


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Travel Pal (AS103) The multifunctional Xtorm solar charger! – Xtorm Travel Pal is a 3in1 solarkit. Equipped with a USB output, flashlight and alarm.

Through the solar panel the internal battery will be automatically recharged by sun light. You can use the USB output so you can recharge your cell phone in an emergency, you have always enough energy available to call someone. The bright flashlight ensures that you never are in the dark without light afterwards. And the alarm to sound, for example,if you are in need, the loud signal is clearly audible for miles around. (Read more)


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Solar Powered MP4 Player 2GB – Mobile Power Station – Uniquely designed 2GB MP4 Player with 2 solar panels built in for either recharging the built in Li-ion batteries or for recharging other electrical devices through the USB OUT.

The eco friendly MP4 player will never have to be plugged in to get any power, and with the ability to recharge 4.5V, 5V, 6.3V, 9V devices, you will be getting a mobile power station wherever you go.

Other excellent features include its massive 3.5 Inch TFT Screen with a 1.6 million colors, a NES, GB and GBC emulator, a E-Book that will read aloud for you, and even a built in LED flashlight.

A gadget lover’s dream, this MP4 player is perfect for taking anywhere you want to go for as long as you want to be there, and for a price that is absolutely unbelievable when you see all that it can do. (Read more)


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Solar KudoCase iPad 2 & 3 Black (30-pin) – This KudoCase for iPad 2 has all the features the solar case by Kudo has to offer! Indoor/Outdoor Solar Power giving you up to an average 10 days of use. An extended battery, USB Power-out charger, HDMI, Whistle Locator, Multiple Stands and the automatic Sleep/Wake feature built in. This durable case is one you can be proud of with a housing made from biodegradable grain and the worlds only indoor operating organic solar panel. (Read more)


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9′ Solar Powered Patio & Beach Umbrella with USB PortsThe power of the sun, while you sit in the shade. “Our solar powered umbrella brings relaxation to a whole new level. Now you can lounge under the cover of the UV resistant fabric with your cell phone, tablet, digital camera or other USB charging device—and never worry about battery life. Running low? No need to get up. Just plug your device into one of the USB ports on the umbrella pole and get an instant charge.” (Read more)


SHIPPING DEADLINES

Here are your 2013 shipping deadlines for ordering from Adafruit. Please review our shipping section if you have specific questions on how and where we ship worldwide for this holiday season.

UPS ground (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 13, 2013 – There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive in time for Christmas.

UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 19, 2013 – Arrive on 12/24/2013.

UPS 2-day (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 20, 2013 – Arrive on 12/24/2013.

UPS overnight (USA orders): Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 23, 2013 – Arrive on 12/24/2013.

UPS International: Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 16, 2013. Can take up extra time due to worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner.

Please note: We do not offer Saturday service for UPS.
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, New Year’s Day, no UPS pickup or delivery service.

United States Postal Service, First Class and Priority (USA orders): Place orders by Friday – December 13, 2013 – Arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner.

USPS First class mail international (International orders): Place orders by Friday – November 22, 2013. Can take up to 30 days ore more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner, but not a trackable service cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/13.

USPS Express mail international(International orders): Place orders by Friday – December 13, 2013. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner.

Gift Certificates are always available at any time.

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