A New Recharge Site for Indian Users

The recharge industry in India is huge. It’s hard to pinpoint which is really the number 1 company that handles online topups there at the moment. The barrier for entry is huge mainly because of the number of telecoms available. The technology needed to offer a service like this will need a lot of work and expertise.

Here comes RechargeIN to enter the fray of recharge it now/topup suppliers for Indian users all over the world. In 3 steps, you can get your mobile phone recharged with new load. You never have to worry about complicated things to do before getting your top up. Just enter your number, checkout and wait for your load.

They do have a simple security system in place if your IP triggers an alert. This usually happens if somebody had a fraudulent order in the past using a similar IP or if you are just ordering for the first time. It’s simple, just check your inbox for an email and follow the instructions from there.

Though email is really the best way to get timely support help from them, they also have a very responsive and helpful team on Facebook to handle your questions. 

Recharge It Now India

 

We gave it a go to test it out. We got the verification checkup on the first try. We got the load and we were happy with it.

We then gave it another go after a few hours. We got the load almost instantly.

It just works. Simple and effective, from anywhere in the world. I’m sure those that are traveling to India will also love using this service.

If you have questions, be sure to let me know. I’ve reviewed over 20 Recharge sites for Indian telecoms now and this is possibly the best I’ve seen yet.

What You Need to Know About Solar Power and Why You Need It

Solar Panels

Solar Power Generation Information

While the power of the sun can be directly harnessed for some tasks like warming water or cooking food using only reflective materials, solar power generation for use as electricity is a bit more complicated. The first step is collecting the sunshine using a module that can convert it to a usable form. The use of these modules or “photovoltaic arrays” is part of the technology called photovoltaics or PV. This solar power generation technology is used to power orbiting satellites, remote tools like emergency telephones and to generate and collect electrical power all over the world.

Cells, Modules And Panels

Presently, the cost of solar power generation through photovoltaics is high compared to other means of generation. Part of the reason is the scarcity of silicon. The solar collectors or panels use silicon to trap photons. The chemical composition lends itself to such a task when combined with other elements. Technology is being developed to use less silicon more efficiently and is constantly driving the manufacturing costs down. Other costs are incurred by the need for the technologies that produce safe storage batteries and inverters to change the current from direct to alternating for use by typical appliances.

Using solar power generation for battery-operated devices and both marine and recreational vehicle applications is already a bit less expensive because they can use the direct current without the cost of inversion.

Costs for grid-tied solar power generation are already within the reach of many home and business owners. The startup costs are largely underwritten by the states through grants; they receive federal tax credits annually and are able to sell excess electricity to the local power company. When the savings on purchasing electricity for the home or business is figured in, the costs of equipment and upkeep are minimal. As these incentives help to increase the demand for solar power generation equipment, manufacturing costs are expected to drop further.

While most utilities buy the excess electricity at rates lower than those they charge for the electricity they sell to same solar power generation home owner, places like Germany increase the incentive to generate solar power by having the utilities pay eight times the amount they charge for electricity.

Because some solar power is lost in conversion and because sunlight is never around 24 hours every day, every homeowner involved in solar power generation has to buy electricity sometimes. As photovoltaics improves efficiency, even that could change.

Start Generating Commercial Solar Power

After a lifetime of generating anger at your power company, you could become a partner and generate power for the grid. Most states encourage home owners to add solar power to their homes. Generous grants are offered to help cover start up costs and federal tax credits help lower costs for every year a home remains solar. In addition to using solar energy for the home itself, most local power companies will buy extra solar energy for use on the power grid, making a private home into a commercial solar power plant.

Solar Power

How It Works

This part is going to be explained by our friends over at United Solar, a startup solar system installation service in the Philippines. Although the ability to generate power from sunlight has been around awhile, most areas can’t generate enough power to make the investment in the necessary materials worthwhile. Using solar power to energize your home has the same problem has using solar power for nutrition – it has to be collected and converted to a usable form. We actually do use solar power for nutrition.

Our conversion hardware is the fruits, vegetables and grains that we eat. So while sunshine is free, we still have to pay for our conversion hardware. In the same way, to use sunshine as electricity, we need to gather it up and convert it into a form that will fit into our outlets. The sunshine is collected with silicon solar cells on the roof top facing south. The cells are designed to catch the rays of a specific strength and transport them to batteries for storage. To avoid overloading the batteries, there’s a charge converter in between. The batteries store the solar power as direct current (DC). Most of a home’s electrical needs are alternating current (AC) so an inverter is also needed to make the change.

Extra power can be sold to the local power company for sale to the general public, making you a commercial solar power generator.

When energy needs are high or there is limited sunshine, you can still use the power grid and buy electricity from the power company. Even as a fellow commercial solar power generator, you will be buying power at retail rates and selling it at wholesale rates. Still, most homeowners get a good return once the grants and tax credits are figured in. Business owners stand to reap even greater rewards.

These truly commercial solar power generators often have larger roof areas as well as other places to set up the cells, since appearance is less of a concern to a business than a homeowner and zoning requirements are different. The higher energy costs of running a business really benefit from the commercial solar power generation and some businesses get even more tax credits. Of course, the commercial solar power business can also generate good will.

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Solar Electric Power Offers Bright Future

As solar is picking up steam right now with green energy, it was inevitable for us to post an article about it.

We will be doing a series of articles about green energy and how it can help you and your business save money while helping our world.

We’re going to feature some businesses and dive a little deeper in what they do for the world and the other fascinating things that they are doing.

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Shirt Printing Business Startup

I feature a lot of business on my other blogs but I tend to forget about this one.

To be clear, I love startups and one of the startup businesses that I used to do and love, was about shirt printing.

It’s weird that I find it fun but I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one.

Creating custom shirts is an art and it needs some good management to handle all the orders.

It’s one of those businesses that I could combine my creativity and management skills on. It’s a business model that’s really close to my heart as that’s where I started out.

There are forums to learn from believe it or not. One of my favs is http://www.t-shirtforums.com/ and it’s a very active community of passionate people.

It’s also one of those businesses that could bridge the gap of local and being online. Both of them have their own markets but when combined, it truly brings out the best results for a shirt printing company.

Today, there are hundreds of top tier custom shirt printers. It’s amazing to see the quality available nowadays. Quality is showing up nowadays in conversations when it used to solely be “how cheap we can make it” as brands are noticing better retention by giving out quality shirts.

True, some still prefer to use low quality shirts and even lower quality prints but you can see how it is getting better. Heck, look at some of the brands that bundle up free shirts when you buy something from them? Look at that Screen Junkies Shirt which they give out when you are a contest winner. It’s pretty nice and it’s wearable.

That is also another key point. You want it to be wearable. If not, then it’s pretty useless to keep making them and forcing people to wear them right? It has to be something that person will voluntarily wear and that will do great things for the brand.

On this post, I will be showing some of the top brands that I feel comfortable with when it comes to printing shirts today. Though I miss running my own shirt printing startup, it puts me in a position to judge who the better suppliers out there are.

I would, however, suggest that you consider pricing a lot BUT not to a point that you obsess about it.

Remember, you get what you pay for. It’s that simple.

Blue Cotton

Blue Cotton

Blue Cotton is new to me. I just found it and tested it immediately. One of the more amazing interfaces that I’ve seen recently. It’s really easy to order shirts with their custom editor. It’s pretty impressive it you actually think about it.

Now that’s how you put up a shirt website.

 

Custom Ink

Custom Ink

 

The guys at Custom Ink are doing some amazing things. I’ve only tried them once but they are impressive, especially on the customer service end. They are doing all the right things and it’s incredible to have seen them grow over the years.

They will definitely continue growing at this rate.

 

JollyPrints

JollyPrints Shirt Philippines

JollyPrints is a startup shirt printing company in the Philippines and their goal is just to be simple as hell. I log in, pick a shirt (I LOVE that they use Gildan) – select my quantity, I usually go with 30, and upload an image.

That’s pretty much it. Simple as hell all right.

I was initially sent an email where they introduced themselves. They have a pretty nice team back there and I hope to see them grow more in the coming years.

I actually warned them that this is a hard niche to be in and they are very confident that they will succeed. I like that attitude. Makes me remember myself back in the day. Take on all new comers, take on old timers.

They have a new blog and can be found on Facebook and Google+.

 

SpreadShirt

Spreadshirt

 

 

Spreadshirt seems like they have been here forever. I got to try them out a year back when I stayed in the UK. They use a unique system obviously, but it’s pretty effective. Not the standard way of how custom printed shirts work but it’ll do because the amount you can select from is crazy. I love it. PERIOD.

 

Those are just some of the shirt companies that I admire and I look forward to seeing more companies come up with better offers and products.

I wonder how they will push their limits, who will be leading a couple of years from now and maybe someone could introduce a new concept to this space that we haven’t seen nor thought of before! The future is bright for this industry and I don’t think it’s going to slow down as the demand is growing each year.

I’m getting that itch to go back and do another company like this again LOL!