solar charger

GigaWatt SunJack-1

These days, it is impossible to conceive of life without our phones, tablets gaming and other mobile devices. And I would guess for most of us having a backup power source is a must. But what happens when you decide to go off the grid to go camping or worse yet, you end up in an area [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Outdoor Gear, Travel Gear
sun-strap-solar-charger-2

There are a lot of solar chargers on the market, and most of them seem to require you to set them up and leave them in direct sunlight.  Those types are more useful if you have set up camp and will stay around the same place for a long while, but they aren't so useful [...]

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bang-bang-solar-powered-tent-2

The Bang Bang Solar Tent incorporates a solar charging panel so you can keep your devices charged in the great outdoors.  After all, you don't want to rough it too much!  The 5W solar panel charges a lithium storage battery, which can then be used to charge phones, cameras, LED lights, and other low-voltage devices. [...]

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gomadic sunstash01

Since I reviewed the Gomadic SunVolt Solar Power Station and Solar Cache High Capacity Battery Pack, I've often wondered what would happen if I needed to charge something more demanding, such as a laptop? Now there's a new Kickstarter project for a neat "upgrade":  A thin, light and powerful battery companion called the SunStash. The idea [...]

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wakawaka_power_charger_06

This little device might look familiar to those of you who are active members of the Kickstarter community-- WakaWaka Power originated in that forum, scoring over 800% of the project's original funding request.  So what is this little Droid-y looking thing exactly?  This is WakaWaka Power, a portable, personal solar charging station and lamp light. [...]

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eton-boostsolar

The BoostSolar splash-proof solar-powered backup battery pack from Etón provides power to hand-held devices with its interchangeable, rechargeable lithium battery (5000 mAh). The BoostSolar features an LED battery charge indicator, rugged rubberized and IPX-4-rated splash-proof exterior in addition to fastener holes and straps to hook to a backpack for portability. This solar charger can be fully [...]

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sCharger-12

The sCharger-12 USB Solar Charger from SunTactics isn't like most solar chargers on the market.  It uses "mono-crystalline solar cells, the most efficient solar cell technology of the 21st century" instead of the plastic panels and weak solar cells used in other chargers.  It doesn't charge up a battery, because those will quickly die after [...]

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browndog-solarcell-1

I love to be away from the world at times. Whether I am at the beach, up in the mountains, or just hanging outside, I always have my phone with me. The thought of being 'green' and being able to keep my devices charged when I am out on the go made me take interest [...]

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Gomadic SunVolt 01

As a child of the 70's energy crisis, I've always been fascinated with alternative energy, such as solar power.  The SunVolt Power Station from Gomadic caught my eye as a possible solution to a modern problem:  How do you charge up your gadgets if you don't have an outlet?  When Gomadic sent the Sun Volt Power [...]

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detech-solar-usb-hub

I feel like I'm writing about one of those old Ronco products - "It slices, it dices, and it jump-starts your car!  Now how much would you pay?"  The Detech Solar-Powered Battery and 4-port USB hub does have a lot of functions, but all of them are related and useful.  Inside this handy little device [...]

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brando-usb-solar-charger-tree

The USB Solar Charger Tree from Brando can charge most any USB-chargeable mobile phone or other devices.  The charger contains a 3000mAh polymer battery that can be charged by the sun or by AC power.  It outputs 5V/1000mA of charging power, and it comes with a variety of adapter tips for mobile phones.  (There's apparently [...]

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Booster-Brolly-final

Announced on Vodafone UK's blog site, the Booster Brolly combines your traditional umbrella with a high gain antenna and low power signal repeater to enhance phone reception for both the the brolly user and those around them. The umbrella also incorporates 12 solar panels for powering your phone via a handsfree cradle and an LED torch for [...]

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reware-juice-bag-solar-charger

I've seen several bags that incorporate gadget chargers, but the Juice Bag Solar Beach Tote from Reware is probably the first one I've seen that's not a laptop bag.  This solar bag fits right in with Reware's line of eco-friendly bags and power solutions.  The Solar Beach Tote is made of biodegradable canvas, and it [...]

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Posted in: Bags, News, Outdoor Gear
solar kudocase

More solar solutions with the Solar KudoCase for the iPad 1, 2 and 3 but with a few extras this time.  While most solar iPad cases only charge your iPad, the KudoCase also has an extended 10A battery and  includes a USB outlet, HDMI port and whistle locator.  The indoor/outdoor solar panel  gives up to an [...]

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Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
solarmio_SolarKindle_01

At this year's CES, Solarmio introduced the world's first solar e-reader cover for the Kindle and subsequently became a Design and Engineering Award honoree for the same device. The SolarKindle is a protective case with a solar panel affixed to the front, an internal backup battery, and a built-in LED reading light.  The Kindle "snaps" into [...]

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Posted in: eBook Readers, News
SolLight SoliCharger-SP 1

How excited was I to try this product, a protective case that charges a wide variety of personal electronics - iPods, phones, GPS units, handheld game devices, and such - and has an amplified speaker built in? And can recharge itself with a built-in solar panel? And priced under $60! Woot woot! Sign me up! [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Gear, Reviews
voltaic-solar-charger

The Gadgeteer has told you about some laptop bags with built-in solar chargers.  Those are great, but what if you already have a bag you love?  The Fuse 4W Solar Charger from Voltaic can add solar charging capability to any bag.  Connect this pouch to your bag, and you'll add two 2W solar panels and a 3,000mAh [...]

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voltaic-laptop-charger

Voltaic makes a line of gear and laptop bags with built-in solar panels, like this Generator Solar Laptop Charger. The bag is made of 600-denier fabric made from recycled soda bottles; the fabric is waterproof, lightweight, and UV resistant. Inside is a padded laptop sleeve that fits up to a 17" MacBook Pro. Wire channels [...]

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noon-solar-logan-bag

The Noon Solar company was started by two Chicago-based women in 2002.  They began using recycled vinyls, but they soon realized that using naturally-tanned, vegetable-dyed leathers better fit their desire to reduce the reliance on petrochemical-based products.  They make a line of bags with this leather and hand-dyed hemp canvas that incorporate solar panels to [...]

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eton-raptor

Throw the Eton Raptor in your gear when you go camping or hiking and you'll be able to do everything from guiding your way with a compass, to listening to NOAA weather broadcasts, even to charging your cell phone.  The Raptor Solar Charger with All-Terrain Guidance Functions replaces the hand crank with a monocrystal solar [...]

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