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SunJack Phone portable solar charger review

on Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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 areaRead More…


The Solar Strap lets you wear your solar charger

on Monday, August 18th, 2014

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 usefulRead More…


Charge your devices while you recharge yourself in the great outdoors

on Monday, April 21st, 2014

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.Read More…

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Stash the power of the sun with SunStash

on Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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.


WAKA WAKA POWER Charger review

on Friday, June 14th, 2013

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.Read More…


Etón BoostSolar now available

on Monday, May 13th, 2013

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 fullyRead More…


Charge two devices at once with the sCharger-12 solar charger

on Monday, April 29th, 2013

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 afterRead More…


Charge your devices without an outlet with a Folding USB Solar Cell

By: Ryan Chapman
on Saturday, April 27th, 2013

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 interestRead More…

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Gomadic SunVolt Solar Power Station and Solar Cache High Capacity Battery Pack review

on Thursday, February 7th, 2013

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 PowerRead More…


Detech Solar-Powered Battery 4-port USB hub and charger

on Monday, December 17th, 2012

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 deviceRead More…


Charge Your Device with a Solar Tree

on Thursday, July 19th, 2012

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 apparentlyRead More…


Vodafone Booster Brolly – Keep the Rain out and the Sun in

on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

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 forRead More…


Reware Juice Bag Keeps Your Gadgets Charged While You Relax

on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
Posted in: Bags, News, Outdoor Gear

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 itRead More…

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KudoCase Solar Charges Your iPad with Green Power

on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

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 anRead More…


Harness the Power of the Sun for Your Kindle

on Friday, February 17th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

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” intoRead More…

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SolLight Solicharger-SP Solar Charger/Speaker Case Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Thursday, January 12th, 2012

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!Read More…


Turn Your Favorite Gear Bag into a Solar Charger

on Monday, November 21st, 2011
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

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 3,000mAhRead More…


One Laptop Bag to Charge Them All

on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

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 channelsRead More…


Get a Charge from Noon Solar Bags

on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News

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 toRead More…


Eton Raptor Solar Charger with All-Terrain Guidance Functions

on Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

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 solarRead More…


Harness the sun with the Brunton Restore Solar Battery

on Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

Being the wannabe hippy tree hugger than I am, I’d love to be able to charge all my devices with a solar charger. So far the ones I’ve tried haven’t worked out so well, I don’t know if it’s my Southern Indiana location that is the problem, or if they just don’t work well inRead More…


Monaco Solar Phone Charger Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Wirelessground’s Monaco Solar Phone Charger is a small, light, tough unit that can be charged from the sun, from a USB port, or from an AC outlet and works with most phones that use a mini or micro-USB plug right out of the box.


Solarrific Solar Portable Power Supply

on Monday, October 11th, 2010
Posted in: News

It has a funny name, but the Solarrific Solar Portable Power Supply from Convenient Gadgets and Gifts has a serious purpose.  This external power supply comes with eleven connectors to fit most any digital device, including iPhones and iPods.  The Solarrific is 3.25″ X 2.25″ X 0.59″, so it’s small enough to fit in your bagRead More…


Icetech I-9005 Solar Portable Solar Charger

on Thursday, December 31st, 2009
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

When The Gadgeteer has had news posts about solar chargers in the past, many commenters said that chargers for a single specific device seemed a waste of money.  The Icetech I-9005 comes with seven different connectors that work with a variety of phones, iPods, and other mp3 players.  The Icetech units have a battery capacity of 2500Read More…