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Powered by the sun. These toys run on active (solar cells) or passive solar power (no solar cell). Great demonstrations of the power of our nearest star.
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Sunprint Kit
Sunprint Kit
Our Price: $6.00

  • A Spectrum Scientifics Bestseller!


Choose an object or a photo negative, add sunshine and water and see what develops! Use natural or man-made objects to create beautiful and unique prints for pictures or cards. Kits come with a acrylic sheet to hold the objects in place.
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Solar Hoot Owl
Solar Hoot Owl
Our Price: $9.99

Place this friendly little owl in sunlight (or even under some bright indoor light) and watch its head turn back and forth! Needs no batteries, just some light. Great fun for a desk or window!

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Radiometer
Radiometer
Our Price: $14.99

  • Watch Light Energy Become Mechanical & Heat Energy

Just put your radiometer in the sun, by a lamp or by many other light sources and watch it spin faster and faster - how fast depends on the intensity of the light. Includes activities and experiments sheet.
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7.2 Volts 200mA 1.4 Watt Solar Panel with Alligator Clips
7.2 Volts 200mA 1.4 Watt Solar Panel with Alligator Clips
Our Price: $20.00

Each cell comes with alligator clips to easily hook up and power anything. Typical applications include solar model cars, solar model boat, solar toys, solar scientific kits, solar experimental kits, solar construction kits.

These panels can be connected in series or parallel to increase voltage or current output.


Specifications

  • 20" insulated alligator clip leads (1 red, 1 black)
  • US Dimensions: 3.5 x 4.75 inches
  • Metric dimensions: 88 x 121 mm
  • Thickness: 0.1 inches (3mm)
  • Solar cell type: polycrystalline
  • Typical voltage: 7.2V
  • Typical current output: 200 mA
  • Power: 1.44 Watts
Please note: This product has a flat shipping rate of $7 per panel. Please contact us if you are ordering in quantity (4+ units) for lower shipping costs.

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Mendocino Solar Spinning Motor
Mendocino Solar Spinning Motor
Our Price: $49.99

A Mendocino Motor is a floating, solar powered motor that hovers by use of magnets. It receives power from the solar panels (4 in all) that are on each face of the rotor. The rotor floats on a base which also has magnets that repulse the magnets built into the ends of the rotor that allow it to 'float' much like the manually powered Magnetic Spinner. A large, powerful magnet is set in the center of the base.

When light strikes one of the panels it creates electrical current, which in turn creates a magnetic field. This field interacts with the magnetic field of the base's central magnet and causes the rotor to spin. The process repeats with each panel and the rotor can build up quite a level of speed.

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