New Zealand-based company 2C is selling a range of solar powered LED caps that charge up during the day to provide light at night. All the energy gathering, light-emitting technology is located in the semi-flexible pre-bent beak of the caps including the solar panel and the NiMH battery used to store it.
The two LED’s on the beak of the Solar Light Cap project light at a downward angle up to six feet in front of the wearer, so it wont blind anyone you look at. Angling the cap upwards extends the range, with 2C saying the light can penetrate up to 10 meters (32 feet). The single button, also located on the underside of the beak, controls all the lighting functions. One press will turn the light on or off, while a double click cycles through different modes including a blinking mode and SOS mode. Pressing and holding the button controls the dimming of the LEDs.
The cap initially takes about three days of daylight to reach a full charge, after which one day should be enough. A full charge will provide five hours of use on full beam or 36 hours on low beam. A special mode that turns off the cap before the battery drains completely ensures there is always something in reserve to provide short bursts of light with every press of the button until the power is finally exhausted.
The Solar Light Cap is available in a range of styles and colors, ranging in price from USD$39.90 to $44.90.
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