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CES 2016: Solar Powered Gadgets of the Future.
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Holiday Gift Guide: Solar Tech for your Home, Kids, and the Outdoors.
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Solar toilets compost waste into coal.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on March 22, 2014 in Latest Technology, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

There are many ways to dispose of those things in life we would like to never see again. One of those things is as old as biology itself, and that is waste generated by the organism (okay, we’ll just say it… feces.)  Researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder have developed what they call the Sol-Char, an off-grid human waste mechanism that uses the power of the sun to turn poop into coal.  What sets this apart from other composting toilets is that it uses concentrated light/energy from the sun to essentially incinerate (at temperatures up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, around 315 Celsius for our overseas friends) the waste to a coal-like product that can be used as agriculture fertilizer or soil amendments.

Sol-Char Toilet at the University of Colorado. Image courtesy of University of Colorado.
















There have been bio-toilets developed in the past, such as the CCATBox at Humboldt State University that is semi-manual/semi-self-sufficient cam ode and is used/maintained by students there.  The waste product is ultimately used to fertilize trees and non-food bearing plants.  All of this is accomplished without odor or mess that is generally associated with this biological necessity.

CCATBox composting toilet at Humboldt State University. Image courtesy of appropedia.org.

























Commercially composting toilets are used every day by motor home enthusiasts, campers or those who wish to just get off the grid.  Several companies offer loos that collect and divert material into separate containers, thus eliminating odor associated with our everyday needs.  These items come fully equipped and are safe to use.

Nature's Head Composting Toilet. Image courtesy of www.natureshead.net.





















Now, we at Your Solar Link don’t generally post on this subject, however with the creation of the Sol-Char we may be seeing these things in the near future as solar technology takes the lead in energy production worldwide.  A sustainable solution for a large portion of the earth’s human population where sewage disposal and/or treatment is a very real issue.  The time is now to make the next step and get the world on solar energy.

Photoresistors and photocells. What’s the deal?

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on March 12, 2014 in Solar News, Solar Products Customers' Reviews - Comments: No Comments »

Photoresistor.

Photoresistor and diagram. Image courtesy of www.adafruit.com/blog.

We recently received an inquiry regarding photoresistors and solar lights.  We thought it was an interesting topic, so we decided to share it with you today.

Inquiry: Please help. I have solar garden lights. One clearly has a photoresistor while others do not have a photoresistor. They all turn on at dark, off when there is sun. The model with photoresistor has 2 wires coming from solar cell and two wires coming from photoresistor. Model without visible photoresistor has only two wires coming from solar panel. How does this work without a visible photoresistor. Thank you.

Response: Hello.  We checked with one of our test lights and found that the photoresistor was integrated into the solar panel.  It was not easily seen on the face of the panel, but once we disassembled the light we were able to determine that this was the case.  There was also only one set of wires (black and red) that fed into the solar panel from the circuitry board.

This may or may not be an advantageous placement for the photoresistor.  From what we have experienced, it is leaning toward “not”.  These lights gave out sooner (after about a year and a half) than other lights, so we no longer carry them on our website.  It may just be an engineering matter that is not yet perfected.

Hopefully this information helps with your inquiry.  If the light is working, then that is a good thing.  If it is not and you are looking to replace/substitute the photoresistor, then it may be best to recycle/discard the light and replace it with a whole new light.  Replacing a photoresistor will take some engineering/electrical know-how and may be more trouble than it’s worth.

Thank you and we appreciate your inquiry.

Regards,  Your Solar Link

Now, why is all of this important, you may ask.  Well, in a nutshell, the photoresistor tells your light when to turn on and off.  Turning on and off is also important for your batteries.  An improperly-working photoresistor (also known as a photocell) may bypass the “off” mode and have your lights “on” constantly.  This means that the battery is being used during the day and will not retain enough charge in the night to cast light through the darkness as intended.  In the worst-case scenario, a photoresistor that doesn’t work at all may not “tell” your lights to go on at night, leaving you frustrated and disenchanted with the whole thing.

So, when your solar lights aren’t working properly (or at all), a little troubleshooting may reveal that the photoresistor is bad.  In this case, it is best to replace the light (if under warranty) or to buy a new one altogether.  In most cases, the photoresistor will work properly and the culprit may be a bad battery or that the solar panel isn’t getting enough sunlight during the day.

One of our new lights has what we can determine is one of the most efficient when it comes to circuitry, solar collection and as related to this post, photoresistors.  The tiffany-style mosaic glass solar light is top of the charts.  We charged it for one day and it was able to light up indoors for two nights (skipping the second day of charging) with no problem.  And, it is quite attractive and versatile (not many lights can be put indoors on table tops.)  It’s worth checking out.

Tiffany-style glass mosaic solar light.

Tiffany-style glass mosaic solar light. Image courtesy of Your Solar Link.

Enjoy your day (and night) fellow solar lighters.

Ciao,

Mario at Your Solar Link


 
 


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This stylish, sleek and reliable pocket size Universal Battery Charger (Juicebar Solar Charger) is proven to be your best friend in a situation when conventional electric supply is not available or if you are trying to use eco-friendly renewable power supplies.
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SOLAR PATH LIGHTS.
Stainless Steel Conical Solar Path Light (Set of 2).
Path solar lights are an excellent choice for lighting your garden paths, walkways, driveway perimeters and other regions in your landscape. They are often used in multiples to guide the way along a set of stairs or a dark walk.
Featured Stainless Steel Solar Light set uses 2 ultra-bright LEDs for maximum light output and minimum battery usage.
The lights are safe around kids and pets and water and corrosion resistant.
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STONE SOLAR SPOT LIGHTS.

Stone Solar Spot Lights (also known as Solar Rock Lights) completely camouflage with existing landscapes and look like any other rock in your garden.

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Solar Fountain Pump System

SOLAR GARDEN FOUNTAINS.
How to start using ecologically friendly energy to power up your garden fountains and other garden water features?
Why not go with a solar powered water pump?
To accommodate your needs the Solar Fountain Pump Systems we carry range from 2 to 8 Watt. Browse our collection of solar water pumps for your fish ponds and solar fountains.
Enjoy your garden water features and your energy savings at the same time. Make a note of the various power levels and the flow rate of the solar water pumps before your purchase.
Please write us your review after your purchase. Your opinion is important to us!

HOW TO INSTALL A SOLAR PATH LIGHT.

Stone Cylinder Solar Path Lights (Set of 2).
See how easy it is to install a solar light. No wiring required!
In this particular case a ground fastener and a stake are included for quick and easy installation. Read more HERE

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Solar accent lights (Set of 2) create an enjoyable and inviting glow for your landscape.
They are designed to mark a place.


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Solar spot lights like this one rely on energy from the sun to charge their batteries and provide light throughout the night.
This means that there is no need to tap into the electrical grid for these lights to operate.
The solar spot lights will work consistently, even if the whole neighborhood is dealing with a power outage.
Learn more about Solar Spot Lights at http://www.yoursolarlink.com/solar-spot-lights, where we have a great selection of solar spot lights to choose from.

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