Do-It-Yourself Home Ideas – Solar Lanterns

Lanterns that are solar powered are being sold at almost a dime a dozen.  Some may aesthetically look good but are poorly made that makes me wonder if it really is worth buying one. Since I love taking on do-it-yourself projects, I thought that I’d just do a solar lantern myself.

If you also love to take on do-it-yourself projects, why not try this out? I’ve also added a few ways to display your finished product at the end of this post.

Materials and equipment

Solar light tops

Lidded jars (can be mason jars or any clear jars)

Hot glue gun and glue sticks / industrial-strength glue

Frosty glass paint (optional)

Drill and drill bit (if you are not using a mason jar)

Procedure for Mason jars:

Remove the lid of the Mason jar but keep the ring in place.

Insert the solar light top in the ring making sure that it is tightly fit.

Apply glue around the ring to keep it in place if it is loose after putting the solar light top in place.

Screw lid closed.

Procedure for regular lidded jars:

Drill a hole on the lid of the jar using a drill bit that has the same size as the solar light bulbs.

Carefully insert the solar light bulbs into the drilled hole.

Seal the side of the solar light top using hot glue or industrial-strength glue.


In your garden, display the jars in places that have direct exposure to sunlight. Watch them beautifully light up your garden once the sun goes down.

Recharge your solar powered lantern during the day and have them add ambiance to a room in the evening. For a softer glow, you can also frost paint the jar.

If you have kids at home, the solar powered lantern is a great night light alternative. You can even frost paint it with his or her favorite color.

Gift a gardening enthusiast by adding miniature garden tools or decorations inside the jar before sealing it closed. They can add your gift to their garden as a hidden treasure that gets revealed at night.



2018 Top 3 Solar Powered Camping Generators

Most families love to go camping but they also love to have modern-day convenience at their fingertips. This is why solar powered generators have become quite popular. Nothing beats camping like visiting those wonderful sites, having the time of your life, and being able to post it in Instagram or Facebook.

I’ve compiled a list of the top 3 solar powered generators for 2018 so take a seat, relax, and read on to see what the market has to offer before you go on your next camping trip.

Peppermint Energy Forty2 Pro+

Its all in one briefcase-type design gives you the portability and ease of carry. It has a built in 1000Watt hour (Wh) lithium ion battery and solar panels that makes it great for camping and as an emergency back-up power supply. Believe it or not, it can even provide enough energy to run a refrigerator. A three-hour exposure to sunlight gets the equipment fully charged. The generator weighs about 63 lbs and is currently priced at $2,499.

Goal Zero Yeti 150 + Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel

The Goal Zero Yeti 150 is a small and very light weight generator at 12 lbs that makes it a great equipment for outdoor hiking and camping. It has a 168Wh lead acid battery that can power up to 5 devices simultaneously. When using a solar panel to recharge, it only takes about 3 hours of charging time under direct sunlight. The foldable Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel that weighs 2.5 lbs is sold separately. The generator is currently selling for $199.95 while the solar panel sells for $125.49.

Kalisaya KP601 KaliPAK

The generator and solar panels are stored in a briefcase with a total approximate weight of 14 lbs that gives you the ease of transporting the equipment. It has a 558Wh lithium battery that gives you enough power to simultaneously charge up to 4 devices. The cool thing about this generator is that you can monitor the system remotely using an Android smart phone or iOS application. It is currently selling for $769.

Solar Powered Phone Chargers – Top 3 for 2018

Imagine yourself out on a picnic or on the beach taking photos and videos of your family and friends to your heart’s content…until you see that the battery is running low. Don’t you hate it when this happens? I know I do, which is why I’ve taken the time to invest in a solar powered phone charger, for the “just in case” occurrences. If you haven’t invested in one, isn’t it about time you did?

Here’s my top 3 picks for the best solar powered phone (and laptop) chargers in the market as of 2018 based on their current selling price.

RAVPower 24W Portable Solar Power Charger for Mobile Phone

A weather proof triple USB solar powered charger for mobile phones weighing 26.4 oz. The three USB ports are equipped with smart IC frequency technology that allows it to detect and provide the best charging current for any connected devices. It delivers up to 2.4 amps per port or an overall 4.8 amps under direct sunlight. Priced at $79.99.

Anker PowerPort 21W Solar Powered Mobile Phone Charger

A dual USB solar powered charger for mobile phones weighing 14.7 oz. It has up to 2.4 amps per port or an overall 3 amps under direct sunlight thus providing you with the fastest charging speed possible. The solar panels are made of industrial-strength polyethylyene terephthalate (PET) that is sewn into a polyester canvas that provides you with weather-resistant durability for the outdoors. Priced at $89.99.

Voltaic Systems Arc 20W Solar Power Charger with Battery Pack

Unlike the first 2 solar powered chargers, this charger comes with a battery pack, so you can use it to also recharge laptops. The battery pack also helps you store energy to power up your devices even on a cloudy day. The battery pack gets fully charged with 6 hours of direct sunlight due to the solar panels made from monocrystalline solar cells. Priced at $278.