Solar Charging Options Abound
By John Laposky On Mar 10 2010 - 1:51pm
NEW YORK — As the green product
wave continues to wash over the consumer
electronics industry, sales of solar-
powered device chargers are picking
A wide variety of options have become
available in the fi rst quarter from
The JuiceBar Solar Charger is a
pocket-sized multi-device charger for
portable devices such as cellphones,
portable A/V players and gaming systems.
It immediately starts charging
upon contact with light from the sun
or indoor lighting. It can also be quickcharged
with a USB connection.
A full charge of the device’s 1,500mAh
battery provides up to 15 hours of MP3
playback. A charge is held for up to two
months, making it good for emergency
preparedness, the company said.
It comes with 12 commonly used
adapters, including mini and micro
USB, for use with Motorola, Nokia,
Samsung, Sony and LG cellphones,
as well as Nintendo DS, Sony PSP and
The charger is 0.5 inches by 3.75 inches
1.6 inches and weighs 2.5 ounces. It
retails for $40.
Also new is the Powermonkey Explorer
AC/solar device charger designed for
travelers. The Explorer charges three
ways: with its 20mAh solar cell, plugged
into a wall in any of 150 countries thanks
to four included AC adapter tips, or via
PC with an included USB cable.
It holds 2,200 mAH of power, enough
for 40 hours of iPod time or 96 hours of
It ships with 10 device adapter tips, four
AC adapter tips and a carrying pouch.
It retails for about $120.
For using larger devices such as
blenders and small TVs on the go, the
XPower Solar portable power pack generator
features a detachable 5-watt solar
panel. It runs 120-volt AC or 12-volt
DC products using a 10 amp hour AGM
battery and built-in 400-watt inverter.
The sealed, non-spillable battery is
encased in a rubberized shell with two
120-volt AC outlets, one 12-volt DC socket
and a USB port. It has a three-digit
display for battery-status monitoring.
The device is 15 by 4.5 by 10.25 inches,
weighs 12.3 pounds and retails for
Cableorganizer.com is also offering a
universal solar battery charger that accepts
D, C, AA and AAA-size rechargeable
batteries in pairs. Its needle meter
displays the strength of the sunlight hitting
the solar cell and gives an estimate
of the charging time for different battery
types. It also accepts prismatic batteries.
It retails for $22.