Trend: so­lar power

The sun is a plen­ti­ful Aussie re­source, so why not put it to work for your tech?

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Use the plen­ti­ful Aus­tralian sun to fully charge this hi-tech gad­getry

Soulra Rugged Rukus

This Blue­tooth speaker is wa­ter­proof, vir­tu­ally in­de­struc­tible and, most clever of all, can play eight hours of mu­sic off of a five-hour, di­rect-sun­light charge. Lash it to your back­pack or tent us­ing the top loops for your own pub­lic stereo sys­tem, or siphon off the juice to your smart­phone or tablet via mi­cro USB.

$145, soul­ra­, out now

Sky lock bi­cy­cle lock

This bike D-lock needs just an hour of sun to charge its smart fea­tures for a week. Con­nect­ing to your phone via Blue­tooth or Wi-Fi, it auto-un­locks as you ap­proach and sends alerts if tam­pered with. When strapped to your cy­cle, a built-in mo­tion sen­sor de­tects crashes and even rings emer­gency ser­vices if you don’t re­spond.

US$159, sky­, out 2015

Port So­lar Charger

Back-up phone bat­ter­ies are handy but of­ten not charged them­selves when you ac­tu­ally need them. This 1,000mAh recharge­able lithium num­ber solves that, suck­er­ing on to any win­dow to soak up the sun’s rays and con­vert them to pure power. Warn­ing: a full phone charge re­quires some 20 hours of sun­bathing.

$90, fire­, out now

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