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Scosche Juices Up Your Gadgets With Solar Power

solBATII

By Chris Scott Barr

Everyone that owns an iPhone is looking for a way to make their battery stretch a little bit longer. Sure, my 3GS lasts longer than the previous models, but after a long day of solid use I still find myself doing anything I can to conserve what little battery life it has left. There are a lot of solutions out there, but one can never have too many choices. Scosche has a new one that’ll recharge your iPhone twice over.

The solBAT II is a backup battery that can be charged either via USB or using solar power. It features both a suction mount for soaking up solar rays through a window and a carabineer mount if you want to attach it to a backpack. The battery has a 1500mA capacity and a 5V output, so it’ll charge your phone at the same rate as a standard wall outlet (or your PC).

If you’re constantly running low on battery life for your iPhone (or any other device that charges via USB) and you’re into the “green” scene, then this is worth checking out. It’s only going to set you back $29.99 and is on sale now.

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  • http://www.arcane.org Mystech

    Seems to be a new wave of these coming out recently. Although that's a much appreciated price point, my own personal theory on these devices is that they need the following minimum specs:
    - 5.5v (because some annoying gadgets need just a little bit more than USB)
    - 2400mAH minimum capacity (about x2 full charges on most modern smart phones)
    - Solar recharge period of 1 full day or less*

    * I'm particularly dubious when the manufacturer doesn't list any recharge rate information at all, some require 4-5 DAYS of full sunlight, At that rate, you have a glorified AC battery pack with a solar panel thrown on as an after thought.

  • WatsonRodriguez

    The original solBAT was a neat idea—a backup battery that charged through an integrated solar panel.It features both a suction mount for soaking up solar rays through a window and a carabineer mount if you want to attach it to a backpack.
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  • Jessicat

    Even if it took a few days to charge, using natural energy is always a plus. When hiking having this resource will be helpful. With more and more manufacturing of solar powered electronic, then there will be an increase/important in the specs over time.

  • Jessicat

    Even if it took a few days to charge, using natural energy is always a plus. When hiking having this resource will be helpful. With more and more manufacturing of solar powered electronic, then there will be an increase/important in the specs over time.