Answers to 7 key questions about solar-powered hats
Not aware of solar-powered hats? It’s time you learn. We’re answering your basic questions about one of the more unusual solar innovations.
Q: What is a solar-powered hat?
It’s any hat that uses solar power in a unique way. The most common use for a solar-powered hat is to provide a little extra light or charging. Of course, there are other uses we’ll mention later.
Q: What else do solar-powered hats do?
Hats that provide light or charging are more practical. There’s also a sizable business in gag gift hats, like Spencer’s solar-powered fan hat.
Q: Are there actual uses for these?
Maybe. Like many small solar-powered gadgets, they are a practical (and workable) option for campers or hikers. For example, this hat provides about three hours of light per night.
The different hats
Q: What options are there for solar-powered hats?
SmartPlanet CBS demonstrates the most practical option: a hat that lights up.
Q: Can you make one yourself?
Q: What is the battery life like?
It varies depending on the charging time, the use of the hat, and the function. Most hats work best with a day’s charge.
Q: What else should I be careful about?
Many manufacturers note that bending, flexing, or washing your hat can damage the solar panels or electronics inside, so you’ll have to be careful.