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  1. Michael Essany's Avatar

    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."

    From Albawaba:

    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.
    Ordinarily, the development of a solar energy iPod charger wouldn't be a big deal, at least given the growing prevalence of so-called "green mobile gadgets." What makes this development and others like it so interesting is that many believe it is only a matter of time before Apple similarly gets with the green program and ultimately partners with or purchases a company like Ekotribe to better harness solar power for use in modern technology.

    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.
    While the specs of the SOLIO can be found on the manufacturer's website, the SOLIO hybrid reportedly works by absorbing power from either 4 hours in the wall socket or 8 to 10 hours of direct sunlight. That last part, however, could prove a little tricky, particularly given that most of us are indoors or at work during peak sunlight hours. Naturally, there will be some hurdles along the way to widespread implementation of solar power in contemporary mobile gadget functionality. But the growth of companies in the "green" is nicely matched today by the profound interest of companies like Apple to accomplish more for the environment while still accomplishing a lot for consumers.

    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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    2010-01-03 09:12 PM
  2. Devilish4eveR's Avatar
    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; 2010-01-03 at 09:25 PM.
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    Why settle for less if you can have sooo much more!!!
    2010-01-03 09:20 PM
  3. plcrules's Avatar
    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%
    2010-01-03 09:37 PM
  4. brianlg's Avatar
    Ehhhhhh. I'll stick to USB
    2010-01-03 11:43 PM
  5. rwin84's Avatar
    has some usability in conjunction with wall chargers and usb connects...
    This is getting a lil' ridiculous...
    2010-01-04 02:41 AM
  6. tudtran's Avatar
    I'm interested only If the price is right.
    2010-01-04 03:03 AM
  7. romeo_herman's Avatar
    Complicated, I stick with my old charger.....
    2010-01-04 04:38 AM
  8. StealthBravo's Avatar
    Too much $$$
    2010-01-04 05:03 AM
  9. nktrnl's Avatar
    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.
    2010-01-04 08:56 AM
  10. Amadomon's Avatar
    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.
    2010-01-04 03:17 PM
  11. xGoOcHx's Avatar
    Was wondering when they were gonna come out with this. Guess it would be a good idea if your at the beach, lol.
    2010-01-05 09:21 AM
  12. rhekt's Avatar
    apple needs to integrate a solar cell into the screen of the iphone. just like how a calculator has. not very difficult.
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    2010-01-06 01:41 AM