SoliCharger-SP: solar charger with speakersBy
SolLight’s solution is to combine a lightweight carry pouch, a solar charger and some stereo speakers into something called the SoliCharger-SP. Transferring the juice from a charger to a smartphone or media player can be a time-consuming affair, time could be spent listening to the music stored on the device. The SoliCharger-SP most practical way to charge a mobile phone and listen to some music. The charger’s solar panel is housed in a tough Cordura case, that can be used to zip up and protect a smartphone or media player when not in use. The charger’s 1,500mAh lithium-ion battery is said to have enough jungle juice to fully charge almost any phone or music player in under an hour. The case is also home to a pair of stereo speakers, which can provide some audio entertainment from the connected device while it receives charge from the SoliCharger-SP.
Before doling out its power payload, though, the charger’s own internal battery will need to be charged up. This can be done from a mains outlet, via USB from a laptop or computer, or users could take advantage of the included 5.5v/70mA epoxy-coated photovoltaic panel (although it will take a good 20 to 30 hours of exposure to direct sunlight before the battery reaches full charge). The 7 x 4 x 1.5-inch (17.7 x 10.1 x 3.8 cm) SoliCharger-SP is available from December 1st at a cost of US$59.95, and comes supplied with a 32-pin adapter for iDevices, and adapters for standard USB, mini-USB and micro-USB.