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Chinavision’s Affordable Solar Power Bank

Posted in Chargers by Darrin Olson on May 3rd, 2014

Chinavision Solar Power Bank ChargerIf you’ve ever wanted to take advantage of a solar charger without breaking the bank, Chinavision has a deal going with an affordable 4500mAh solar power bank. The charger is a mere 4 tall, 2 inches wide, and only half an inch thick.

In addition to its ability to be fully charged by the sun in 4-5 hours, it can also be charged directly from the wall if needed, as well. It has a standard and a mini USB port with 4 adapters for different phone types, but new iPhone owners will need to bring their own Lightning cord.

The solar chargers goes for around $18 USD, or less if you buy more.

Chinavision via TechFresh

Samsung NC215S solar netbook headed for Russia

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on June 20th, 2011

The sun is usually an enemy to laptops. Just try using your screen on a bright day. But in this case it will power your PC. First introduced for the African market, Samsung’s NC215S will be heading for Russia in August for 13,999 rubles ($479).

The lid is almost entirely a solar panel and so this netbook has an estimated battery life of 14.5 hours. The NC215S packs in a 1.6GHz N570 Intel Atom dual-core processor, 250GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM.

GameBoy resurrected from the dead, with the power of the sun

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2011

When is a dead Gameboy not a dead Gameboy? When this guy gets hold of it. Andrew had a damaged GameBoy and much like Dr, Frankenstein, he didn’t just give up. He laid his monster on a table one dark and stormy night, opened a solar powered garden lamp and used the photovoltaic cells on the GameBoy.

The storm subsided and the clouds parted. This was followed by shouts of “It’s alive!” The GameBoy now soaks up the sun’s rays and stays on forever, without running out of energy, as long as the sun shines. It uses two AA rechargeable batteries that store all the energy it gets from the sun.

Solar Spark Tablet Case keeps your tablet safe and juiced up

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2011

There are plenty of tablet cases available for the iPad but how many are lined with solar panels? The Spark Tablet Case by Voltaic can generate up to 8 watts of power to provide about an hour of iPad runtime for every hour in the sunlight. Not bad. It also comes with a solar chargeable battery that contains almost enough juice to give the iPad a single full charge. The battery can be charged using the solar panels on the case, or via a USB port or wall charger.

Other features include a high-power 2A USB port, a regular 650mA USB port to speed up the iPad recharging process, water resistant solar panels, and the case itself is also waterproof. It’s also large enough to fit other accessories with your iPad and the charger can charge other mobile devices.

Logitech unveils wireless solar keyboard K750

Posted in Logitech by Conner Flynn on November 1st, 2010

Logitech has a new solar keyboard with an ultra-slim 1/3-inch profile and laptop-style chiclet keys. The ambient light solar panels on the top of either side should mean you’ll never need to plug it in to recharge. According to the company, its low-power integrated circuits can theoretically run for three months even if you leave it in a dark place.

It uses the same 2.4GHz Nano Unifying receiver that can be found in other Logitech wireless products, meaning that you’ll only need a single one of your netbook or set-top-boxes USB ports.

Quick Review: C.Crane Universal Solar Battery Charger

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2010

We were asked to check out C.Crane’s Solar Battery Charger, so CableOrganizer.com sent us a review unit and all we needed to do was wait for some sun. Luckily for us, the sun is returning around these parts. So we rounded up a bunch of dead batteries and got to work.

This solar battery charger will charge AAA, AA, C and D size batteries and has a solar power meter on top which shows the charging rate. Just open the plastic cover and put some batteries in. At any one time, you can charge several batteries, a few AA or AAAs along with some Ds for instance.

Honda opens new solar hydrogen station

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

Well look what we have here. When we weren’t looking, Honda has begun to operate its next generation solar hydrogen station prototype at the Los Angeles Center of Honda R&D America. The idea is that its a single, integrated unit which can be installed in any garage.

This Honda Solar Hydrogen Station is smaller than its predecessor and can produce enough hydrogen through an 8-hour overnight fill for the average daily commute (which is about 10,000 miles annually) for each fuel cell electric vehicle. Pretty handy being able to refill your vehicle overnight and you can sleep well while its filling, knowing that you are lowering CO2 emissions, since you take advantage of off-peak power rates. Daytime charging is solar power.


Regen ReNu is a sexy and green iPhone charger

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2009

Regen ReNu is a sexy and green iPhone chargerSure, there are plenty of solar powered chargers to charge your gadgets, but few are as sexy or as versatile as the forthcoming Regen ReNu. The solar panel is used along with one of several optional bases. These include an iPod/iPhone dock, a sound dock with it’s own speakers, and an LED desk lamp.

The built in battery constantly stores juice even when your iPod isn’t docked, so that the ReNu can then transfer the charge into your device. It can even pull power from a wall socket if you don’t have light in your space.

Safaricom launches solar-powered mobile phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2009

Safaricom launches solar-powered mobile phone Safaricom out of Kenya has rolled out its latest solar-powered cellphone dubbed the Simu ya Solar. The handset was constructed using recycled materials, while an integrated solar panel makes sure that your phone always have some spare juice.

This one is great for users who are in rural areas where electricity is hard to find and sunlight is plentiful. Another benefit for those users is that even if they do have access to electricity, they will save money by letting the sun do it’s thing rather than charging it and wasting resources.

Light-powered charger for iPhone debuts

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2009

iphonesolarThe ideal phone would never have to be plugged in or at least would need to be plugged in only rarely. The reality today is that high-end devices like the iPhone burn lots of battery power and require almost daily charging to remain usable.

A company called MotionTouch has announced a new charger for the iPhone that is eco-friendly and charges by light. The device has a solar cell on the back of the sleeve that can gather power from some ambient lighting and from the sun.

Devotec Portable Solar Sound Bluetooth Speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2009

Devotec Portable Solar Sound Bluetooth SpeakersIf you enjoy carrying your speakers around with you, check out these Devotec Solar Sound Bluetooth Speakers. They come with a pair of 2W drivers, Bluetooth and AVRCP support, along with a 3.5mm jack and a 1,500mAh battery that should provide up to 8 hours on a single charge.

Don’t worry, you won’t be a complete slave to the sun. If you choose not to invest the 12 to 24 hours it will take to charge via solar, you can power it up via USB for 4 hours or so.


Neoluxiim shows off solar-powered e ink display

Posted in Solar Powered by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2009

Solar powered e-ink displays are finally here. Neoluxiim recently showed them off for use in point-of-sale advertising. So all of your future e-ink ads will be in color for a more rich impulse purchase to be made by you.

While all ads are annoying, it’s nice to know that those energy-wasting flatscreen kiosks are on the way out. In the future you’ll still be annoyed by the ads, but you can at least rest assured that they will be greener.

Mobile Script Phone needs no batteries

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Mobile Script Phone needs no batteriesBatteries? The Mobile Script Phone doesn’t need no stinkin’ batteries. It’s a concept device that features Internet browsing, working on-the-go, games and communications. All the stuff you already enjoy, just better. Plus no batteries.

The device has a few touchscreen displays, one in the standard format, the other is a flexible OLED display that can stiffen when a low voltage charge goes through it, to give you added viewing area.

USB Solar Charging 4-Port Hub

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2009

USB Solar Charging 4-Port HubHere’s a unique 4-port USB hub with the ability to juice up almost any compatible USB device. It even comes with a whole bunch of USB connectors to handle virtually anything you throw at it. Having a solar powered USB hub is awesome because you won’t add a single cent to your power bill thanks to that solar panel in the middle.

On cloudy days you can always hook it up to your car’s cigarette lighter outlet as an alternative power source. Only $20 and it’s a useful device. It’s like the K3 generator, without a windmill.

Samsung Crest E1107 Solar Cellphone only $59

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2009

Samsung Crest E1107 Solar Cellphone only $59Samsung has announced it’s first solar powered GSM cellphone, the Crest E1107. It’s for eco-friendly, budget conscious types who want to harness the power of the sun. Supposedly, the Crest can generate enough power for 5-10 minutes of talk time with one hour of sun exposure.

I don’t know about you, but I associate the name Crest with toothpaste, so I’m a tad disappointed that this thing can’t power your spin-brush too. It has some basic additional features like an FM radio, MP3 ringers, fake call feature to avoid unwanted calls. Even a flashlight. Yet nothing to brush your teeth.