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Solar Gadgets for Summer

Devotec Solar Sound 2

Unlike the Honeywell wireless speaker, Devotec’s Solar Sound 2 makes a virtue of being small and light and covers the entire top of the device with a solar panel. It all adds up to a mighty mite of solar audio that can go anywhere you want to put music.

While the Honeywell solar speaker looks like a spaceship, Solar Sound 2 is a demure black rectangle that looks like a brick. Its matte finish is a great way to keep fingerprints under control and the Solar Sound 2 comes with a fabric bag and cables.

At 2.2x2.2x6.5 inches, and with a weight of 11.3 ounces, it’s very easy to pick it up and put it anywhere. On the top is a 1.8x6.2 inch solar panel, ready to grab rays.

The Solar Sound 2 has a pair of 1.6-inch speakers that can handle 2 watts of power. The speaker’s enclosure has been optimized for producing bass. I was pleasantly surprised to find that all of the unit’s audio jacks use gold plated connectors.

On top of connecting a phone, computer or music player to the speaker set with Bluetooth, you can use an included audio cable. Finally, the Solar Sound 2 has a built-in microphone and can be used with a phone as a hands-free speaker-phone. In fact, I can even see using it as a car stereo/speaker phone with an iPhone.

Brian Nadel
Brian Nadel is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in technology reporting and reviewing. He works out of the suburban New York City area and has covered topics from nuclear power plants and Wi-Fi routers to cars and tablets.