Summer and load shedding usually go hand-in-hand. Therefore, this is the ideal time to buy solar-powered appliances that can be charged when placed under the sunlight, and used while a power outage is taking place.
Solar-powered LED lights are handy; they can be used anywhere and function for up to 12 hours at a time after being fully charged. Charging time: Two to three hours; price range: Rs 2,500-6,000.
Two-in-one solar units consist of a 12 to 15 inch fan and a built-in AM/FM radio, and can keep you cool and entertained for up to four hours. Charging time: Three hours; price range: Rs 3,500-5,500.
Solar-powered mist fans are ideal for patios and rooftops, as well as at picnics because, in addition to regular air, they also emit a
mist which reduces temperatures for up to three hours. Charging time: Four hours; price range: Rs 6,500-11,000.
Solar banks are a must have for gadget geeks, since they can recharge a range of devices including cell phones, iPads and iPods. Charging time: Two hours; price range: Rs 3,500-6,000.
Solar kettles can boil up to 25 ounces of water within 20 minutes when placed directly under sunlight, and therefore do not need to be charged. Price range: Rs 4,000-6,000.
Solar-powered mini refrigerators are a blessing during load-shedding, when cold water is a rarity, and saving perishables a priority. These fridges have a capacity of up to 10 litres and can function for up to 20 hours.
Charging time: Eight hours; price range: Rs 7,000-13,000.
Solar-powered, portable, mini air-conditioners can function for up to two hours after being charged; they can also run on direct sunlight. Charging time: Four hours; price range: Rs 35,000-50,000.
– Syed Wajeeh-ul-Hassan Naqvi
First published in the ADBUZZZZ Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on June 15, 2014.