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Searching For Solar Power Part Two

Written by green1 on Mar 31st, 2008 | Filed under: General Information, Low Cost Tips For Saving Energy, Solar Power

See searching for solar power part #1

My search for solar power continues, this is part 2 of hopefully a bunch of articles about my switching over to solar power. Last week I mentioned my interest in a Solio solar powered charger and today I bought one. I will post my results in a couple weeks once I am able to fully charge it a few times and test how many things I can charge with it. Of course today was raining and the sun was hiding so I took a few pictures in my kitchen.Solio Solar Powered Charger

As you can see, the Solio solar powered charger comes complete with a wide assortment of attachments for most of the small devices that it can charge. It also comes with a wall charger for any cheaters that want to charge it at home. The unit itself is very rugged and while I am not going to drop it, I am sure that it would survive a fall. The thought of me being able to use the sun to charge my phones, GPS, and my Palm Pilot is exciting! This solar charger will have a place on all of my camping and sailing trips.

Solio Solar Powered Charger Hand Size

As you can see, the Solio solar powered charger fits in the palm of you hand. While you could walk around with a solar powered charger in your pocket, I might suggest leaving it out in the sun so it can charge. If you are looking for a portable solar panel you can use this link for a discount: Take 10% of at Solio.com today! Use coupon code: EcoGift10

7 Responses to “Searching For Solar Power Part Two”

  1. This is a great product, never run out power again. To one up this one, they should put a solar panel on the back of all phones. Just think, no more cables…

  2. I’m sort of new to solar panels but from what I know so far it would take about a long day of full sun to charge a phone. An average phone would only have the room to hold 1/3 of the solar panel room as the solio charger. If my math is correct it would take 9 hours for a full charge. We would just need to get people to mount their phones on their hats. Speaking of which you can now buy solar powered backpacks!

  3. Cool gadget. Did you buy it online?

  4. Flipper, I ended up buying it from REI since they were running a members coupon that would of saved me $20. Little did I know that they would run an expired coupon on their website and not honor it. I was going to state in the article where I bought it from but I am waiting to see if REI will honor the coupon or miss out on my business over their mistake.

  5. Awesome find! Did it come with a 1394 firewire cord?

    PS - The site I work for is starting to focus on giving green tips and recommendations. Check it out at at http://shoplocal.com/green - we are just starting so any feedback in our forums.

  6. Ha. Wow, I accidentally hit submit without proofing that comment. I meant to say - feel free to post any thoughts on our green site in our forums at http://community.shoplocal.com/forums/11.aspx


  7. Vince, most of the snap ons for the cord are for phones and things that use a mini USB.

    I looked at your “Green Page”, a few comments:

    Ditch the Ace hardware banner ad, it displays paint that is not low VOC and bad lawn fertilizer with chemicals.

    Good job on the green terms and common ways to go green and save.

    Some of your text bleeds when viewed with firefox, if you click on my Stumbleupon favorites look up the site that I reviewed that shows how your site looks in every browser.

    If you have an interest in some ad exchanges e-mail me webproject@comcast.info.

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