Trend: solar power
The sun is a plentiful Aussie resource, so why not put it to work for your tech?
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, soulracorp.com, 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, skylock.cc, 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, firebox.com, out now