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Today’s EIO post is on products that can be used to get your kids involved in learning mechanics and strengthening their technical skills.

Pros of Getting Your Kid Involved in Do-It-Yourself Projects

Although children get the fundamentals of math and science at school, it is beneficial to reinforce this knowledge with projects that spur their enthusiasm and excitement for learning more about the way the world works.  From building blocks in kindergarten to legos in elementary school, kids have always been inclined to building things with their own hands.  With some of our products, you can continue to foster your kids enthusiasm for learning with some more advanced DIY projects.

OWI OWI-MSK613 3 In 1 Solar Stallion

This solar-powered kit helps kids understand the benefits of renewable energyEasy-to-build equine choices: ‘Horse Trainer’, ‘Pegasus’, or ‘Chariot’.
Brand OWI
Model OWI-MSK613
Type Educational Solar Kit
Features Triple your fun in the sun with 3- in-1 Solar Stallion. This solar-powered kit helps kids understand the benefits of renewable energy while creating their own fun, battery-free toy. It’s exciting to watch solar energy make the product come to life, and this hand-on approach to science and building creates a tangible lesson in solar energy for girls and boys alike.

Young horse lovers will especially enjoy assembling and re-assembling these easy-to-build equine choices:  ‘Horse Trainer’, ‘Pegasus’, or ‘Chariot’.








Fuel cell that combines electrolysis and power conversion into one single device.
Model KNS10
Type Fuel Cell Car Kit
Features This Fuel Cell Car Science Kit uses a reversible PEM fuel cell that combines electrolysis and power conversion into one single device. Watch as oxygen and hydrogen gases are formed in two transparent water containers. The car steers independently of the user once in operation: when the car hits a barrier, it will automatically find its way by reversing away 90 degrees. This fun science kit combines cutting-edge science, education and fun for all!

  • recommended age: 14 years and up
  • this kit contains:
    • PEM reversible fuel cell module
    • car chassis & wheels
    • electric motor
    • flashing LED lights
    • water vessels
    • gas collectors
    • connector cables
    • syringe
    • battery pack for 2x 1.5V AA batteries (LR6C, not incl.)
    • user manual on CD







Futuristic hydrogen car science kit is an amazing way to demonstrate the use of cutting-edge alternative energy
Model KNS11
Type Hydrogen Station Kit
Features This futuristic hydrogen car science kit is an amazing way to demonstrate the use of cutting-edge alternative energy and automotive technologies. Its partly transparent body displays the inner mechanics of the car. The car’s assembly instructions make it easy and fun to build, and also provides interesting education on real-world challenges.

  • recommended age: 12 years and up
  • this kit contains:
    • H-racer chassis & body
    • fuel cell system components
    • hydrogen refuelling station (2 x 1.5V AA, LR6C, not incl.)
    • solar panel & connectors
    • infrared remote control (3 x LR44, not incl.)
    • assembly & operation manual



Solar Panels

eiodotcom —  September 13, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today’s EIO post is on solar panels and the different products we sell that use the sun’s energy as a power source. Before taking a look at the various products we sell, you can learn a little bit more about solar energy by reading our earlier post on the advantages of solar energy.

Sunforce 50032 15 Watt Solar 12V Battery Charger

The Sunforce 50032 is the most versatile Sunforce solar panel available on our website.  It can charge automobiles, RV’s, boats, tractors, ATV’s, electric fences, deer feeders, telemetry and more.  Like other Sunforce panels, the 50032 can charge under all weather conditions.

Suppliers: Sunforce
Max Output: 15W
Brand Sunforce
Model 50032
Type Solar Charger / Battery
Features Works with Automobiles, RV’s, Boats, Tractors, ATVs, Electric Fences, Deer Feeders, Telemetry, and MoreMaintenance Free / Easy Installation

Works in All Weather Conditions

Ultra Bright Blue LED Provides Charging Indication

Built-in Blocking Diode Protects Battery Discharge at Night

Made of Durable ABS Plastic with an Amorphous Solar Cell

Temperature Range: -40° to 176° F

Max Output 15 Watts 1 Amp

Sunforce 50012 1.8-Watt Solar Battery Maintainer

The Sunforce battery maintainer is a great device to have on hand, as it uses the light from outside to power car, boat, SUV, ATV  and PWC batteries.  It’s also simple to use, the Sunforce maintainer plugs into the cigarette lighter and can be applied to the windshield with included suction cups.  What’s great about this product is that it can charge in all weather conditions! So, if you happen to need a backup power source for your car, boat, ATV, etc. the Sunforce is a great solar panel that can keep you in power.

Suppliers: Sunforce
 Max Output: 1.8W
Brand Sunforce
Model 50012
Type Solar Battery Maintainer
  • Maintains Car’s, SUV’s, Boat, ATV, PWC Batteries
  • Maintenance Free / Easy Installation
  • Charges in all Weather Conditions
  • Plugs into Cigarette Lighter
  • Battery Clamps Included
  • Mounts on Windshield with Included Suction Cups
  • Made of Durable ABS Plastic & Amorphous Solar Cells
  • Plugs into Cigarette Lighter with Alligator Battery Clamps Included
  • Temperature Range: -40° to 176° F
  • Max Output 1.8 Watts 125 Mah

Summer is just around the corner here in the North-western hemisphere, so what better time to explore the advantages of solar panels and cells. Even if a solar product never graces your home, knowing the basics of solar energy is still fascinating.

Here is a popular product on Eio, the Velleman SOL5N Solar Charger.

Did You Know (according to Solar Energy 101):

  • Enough energy comes from the sun in one hour to power the global population for a year.
  • Sunlight is a totally renewable resource, unlike oil, coal and natural gas.
  • Solar energy is a great alternative resource due to the decrease in the world’s energy resources and the high pollution caused by many fossil fuels.

The Advantages of Using Solar Energy

Solar energy is harnessed by the photovoltaic effect created in solar cells and panels. Solar panels, a collection of tightly connected solar cells, capture sunlight and convert its energy directly into electricity. And solar panels are more common than you think: although mainly used to adorn rooftops, they also come in handheld calculators, solar powered street and traffic lights, even fans and radios.

According to the Solar Now! campaign in Oregon, the advantages of putting solar panels on your house (or business) include:

  1. Increase in your property’s value
  2. Decrease in your electricity bill
  3. Demonstrates environmental leadership in your community
  4. Lightens your personal impact on the environment

Here’s a memorable (and satirical) picture from The Simpsons, when environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. unveils his solar powered creation to the lovable family. By way of poking fun at “smug” environmentalists, Begley’s humongous solar panels generate enough electricity to make a little fan spin!