Although a solar power charger sounds like a euphemism for a soldier’s horse, a solar power charger is not actually a horse.
But, both a horse and a solar power charger can get you horsepower. And both horse and solar power chargers need sunlight in order to operate – without sunlight, there wouldn’t be grass or oats to grow for the horse to eat. So, although all horses are solar power chargers, not all solar power chargers are horses.
It Charges Batteries And Equipment
The non-kicking, non-biting contraption known as a solar power charger is a series of solar panels hooked up to a battery that can power electronic devices. So, like a horse, the solar power charger acts as a method to get the sun’s energy to travel to where you want it to go.
Both horses and solar power chargers need plenty of space in order to operate at maximum efficiency. Horses need at least two acres of pasture, a roomy stall where they can lay down and some sort of storage area for the horse’s bulky food. Solar power chargers require large panels to collect the sun’s energy. The size of the panels is what turns off many people wanting to generate lots of energy. On the other hand, small panels work well for generating smaller amounts of energy – enough to recharge batteries and power many smaller electronic devices.
Engineers in the field of renewable energy are working to get solar power panels smaller and more portable. There are already roll mats of solar power panels on the market that can gather up enough energy to charge up your mobile phone or laptop. There are also fully functional and reliable solar-powered calculators and watches on the market that work no matter what the weather is. The solar-powered calculator needs any kind of light, not just sunlight, in order to charge up its energy cells.
What If It’s Raining?
Another challenge to engineers is how to store up enough energy on sunny days to still meet the needs of people in winter or on rainy days. So far, solar power can be collected in cells such as car batteries that store the energy that is tapped into for rainy days. The first house to go entirely solar and hydro power switched on in East Amwell, New Jersey in June of 2007. Mike Strizki’s back yard is entirely covered in solar panels and storage tanks. He foresees that solar technology will get smaller and more powerful, just like in the case with computers.
At least horses work no matter what the weather.
When things run smoothly, we enjoy a comfortable and convenient life. But if something happens to disrupt that grid, then what we depended on will come crashing down. When you depend on anything else but your own resources, you can’t count on it always being there for you. That’s why you always need to find a way to live off the grid.
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