4 solar powered gadgets you can charge your mobile with today

Gadgets for collecting the sun’s rays have been around since the 1830s when British astronomer John Herschel famously used a solar thermal collector box to cook food during an expedition to South Africa. These days, there is a whole host of gizmos you can use to make the most of solar energy. We’ve unearthed four that won’t make you dinner, but will feed your mobile phone’s battery.

1. Solio Universal Solar Charger Kit

While this stylish piece of kit is too big to fit into anything but the biggest surf short pockets, it’s still compact enough to easily travel in your beach bag. Oval shaped, it has three small panels that fan out like a flower. Solio’s makers promise that 8 to 10 hours of direct sunlight will get your device fully charged.

2. Voltaic Systems Solar Power Backpack

If you don’t want to carry a solar charger kit around with you, why not use a solar charger to do the carrying. The Voltaic Systems solar power backpack has three solar cells. These are connected to pouches, which are the perfect size for your mobile device. The panels give the bag a cool sci-fi look and either transfer the power to your device or capture it in an internal battery. The battery means that even if the sun disappears, you’ve still got power on hand…or in this case on back.

3. PowerFilm Rollable Charger

Rather than lug extra devices, portable chargers, or batteries, when you go off for a trek or a day out in nature, why not use a PowerFilm Rollable Charger. These flexible solar power panels can easily fit in your backpack, knapsack or luggage without adding on much weight. Available in a variety of sizes, they might not be cheap, but they are convenient.

4. JOOS Orange Personal Charger

Trouble with some solar mobile phone chargers is that they’re, well, a little delicate. Not the JOOS Orange Personal Charger. Made by Solar Components, and about the size of a paperback book, it’s especially built to be durable and waterproof. What’s more, for every hour of direct sunlight exposure, the Orange delivers up to two hours of cell phone use. And its large lithium-ion polymer battery stores enough power to charge three smartphones or four regular cell phones.

These are our four most fascinating finds. If you know of any other great gadgets for powering up your phone from the sun’s rays, we’d love to hear about them.

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13 Responses to 4 solar powered gadgets you can charge your mobile with today

  1. AM says:

    Powerfilm has excellent products, but I’m afraid you suggested the wrong one. The rollable charger will get messed up in a backpack. The are for waterproof applications (boats, etc.).

    What you should have referenced is their foldable products. These chargers fold into compact, light and easy to carry chargers. Very popular with backpackers to keep devices and smartphones charged. If you get a larger one, you can charge a laptop too.

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  4. I have regularly been making use of Solio’s Classic-i and new Bolt chargers, in addition to the JOOS Orange. I recommend all of these products. The Solio products are great for carrying around in a pocket. The JOOS Orange is a little larger, but can also be carried around in a car or backpack.

    I have written several reviews about my experience with the Solio Classic-i and JOOS Orange chargers on my ZiaCore blog. I will eventually post a new review about the Solio Bolt, which I’ve been testing for a few months.

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  6. Solix says:

    I would recommend another solar charger which has been developed by SOLARC, a Berlin based company who developed one of the first mobile phone solar chargers about 10 years ago. Their product “e.GO! Professional” has some more features compared to the Solio and Joos Orange such as charging ability of different batteries (NiMH, Li-Ion, RAM) in separate compartments. The solar modules (up to 2.6Wp) are detachable in a modular way and the battery case is normally shadowed by the solar modules.

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  8. The solar chargers are good device for charge de mobile all the time.

  9. Destiny says:

    Here’s another one for you – the K3 that combines not only solar but wind power too. Can be clipped onto a pack. I like that it can be used in the more northern latitudes with a breeze. http://www.kinesisindustries.com/products

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