Friday, April 19, 2013

Review: Mini Solar Power Toy Car by ChinaBuye.com

There's another small gadget I got on ChinaBuye: a miniature solar powered toy car.
Solar powered car still in packaging
The miniature car does not come with batteries. Why? Because it does not need them. It only needs the sun and is powered by a solar panel that is about 2.5 x 2 cm. It's really nice that this works–sure it's no rocket science and basically quite simple, but nevertheless nice to actually see how powerful our sun is :).

And this is also the main reason this miniature toy car exists: educational purposes. Even though it does not ship with an instruction manual on how to create such a solar panel, it still shows how the whole stuff works: put it in the bright sun and it will produce enough energy to power the motor.
You can get the gadget here for about 2 USD, but as usual, the price is subject to change–shipping will be free of course.

Here's a short video I made to show that it actually works:


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