08/28/2012 09:46 am ET Updated Oct 28, 2012

7 Solar-Powered Gadgets to Light Up Your Day

For Women & Co. by Alli Worthington,

Ready to skip the electrical outlet and harness the power of the sun? These seven solar-powered gadgets, ranging from the practical to the simply silly, are a great way to put the sunny outdoors to work for you.

Solar-powered charging station: Got sun? This portable panel can charge your cell phone, mp3 player, digital camera, or any little electronic gadget while you're outdoors. It's a handy tool for hikers, and can even attach to backpacks.

Solar-powered sunglasses: Future so bright you gotta wear shades? Not only will these sunglasses protect your eyes from damaging UV rays, but they also put the power of the sun to work and charge small devices through a power jack built into the frame.

Solar-powered lawn mower: Who needs those old-fashioned push mowers? This solar-powered fully-automatic lawn mower can trim up to half an acre, lightening your work load while keeping you ecologically conscious!

Solar-powered garden lights: Let your garden glow with the power of the sun, even in the darkest night. These lights require no wires for installation, so they're ready to get to work for you right away.

Solar-powered toy bug: Who doesn't need a solar-powered grasshopper? This little "frightened" grasshopper is an educational build-it-yourself hobby kit for children ages ten and up.

Solar-powered sun table: The tabletop serves double-duty and stores up the sun's energy; simply plug in your electronic devices for a recharge. Outdoor dining with a laptop charge? Sounds divine!

Solar-powered attic fan: Help keep your home cool (and your air conditioning bill low!) with this solar-powered attic fan. By circulating air out of attic spaces, this fan can also help reduce harmful moisture that can accumulate there.

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