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01-03-2010, 01:12 PM #1
Ekotribe Touts Solar Powered iPod Charger
While the green movement strives to reach every major industry on the planet, it's important to not overlook the little battles while the big ones are being waged. In this regard, Ekotribe is hoping the small, individual effort to make our iPod chargers "green" will ultimately yield big results. And this weekend, as Ekotribe reveals its next generation handheld solar chargers for mobile phones and iPods, it's apparent that the green movement isn't going to stray far from the mobile world in this new decade.
Although solar powered battery chargers are nothing new, they're yet to stick in the realm of mobile devices - at least as a major force to be reckoned with among retailers. The slow start, however, hasn't deterred the makers of the SOLIO solar charger, which, needless to say, transfers the energy of the sun to keep "virtually all electronics topped off with free solar power anywhere."
According to Sharad Agarwal, CEO of Ekotribe, “The sun provides more energy to the earth in one day than the cumulative annual energy requirements of 6 billion people on the planet. It is high time we harnessed solar power to power our everyday use gadgets.
Once the SOLIO's battery is full, the unit can charge a cell phone, iPod, MP3 player, PDA, game player, GPS, fish finder or digital camera, making it a powerful all-in-one battery charger.
Will SOLIO ever see the light of day from Apple? That's anyone's guess. But Apple appears more than willing and ready to be greener than they presently are. And harnessing some facet of solar power, at least in their mobile gadgets, seems like a probable scenario within the coming decade.
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01-03-2010, 01:20 PM #2
Not bad, but 8 to 10 hours in direct sunlight?
I live in the Caribbean and we have sun all year long (basically). This would be a bit tricky even for me
Where to leave this device? Porche, yard where my dogs and "eat it"? LOL
Still a good invention thou...
Last edited by Devilish4eveR; 01-03-2010 at 01:25 PM.Don't live by other people's rules... Live by your OWN!!!
Why settle for less if you can have sooo much more!!!
01-03-2010, 01:37 PM #3
well if u have 2 leave it in the sun for 8-10 hours to get from 0% to 100% battery life it would b pretty good cuz no 1 would walk out of there house with a dead fone and expect it 2 charge by the sun most ppl would b happy with an extra 20%
01-03-2010, 03:43 PM #4
Ehhhhhh. I'll stick to USB
01-03-2010, 06:41 PM #5
has some usability in conjunction with wall chargers and usb connects...This is getting a lil' ridiculous...
01-03-2010, 07:03 PM #6
I'm interested only If the price is right.
01-03-2010, 08:38 PM #7
Complicated, I stick with my old charger.....
01-03-2010, 09:03 PM #8
Too much $$$
01-04-2010, 12:56 AM #9
I've recently looked at picking one up. It's stores the energy in a lipo battery for future use. Most of the job sites I go to we have to park outside anyway. You can just throw it on the dash of your car and let it charge while you are at work. Then after work when your phone is low on juice, just plug it in.
01-04-2010, 07:17 AM #10
I've had one of these for a couple of years. It works great, though the slow outdoor charge is kind of a drag. I have used it waaaayy off-grid, where no other options were available. When plugged into a wall, the charge is quite fast.
01-05-2010, 01:21 AM #11
Was wondering when they were gonna come out with this. Guess it would be a good idea if your at the beach, lol.
01-05-2010, 05:41 PM #12
apple needs to integrate a solar cell into the screen of the iphone. just like how a calculator has. not very difficult.killall Terminal