09. 20. 2004
Solar Power for Portables
I'm still not sure if I'm ready to take the plunge into geekwear and invest in a SCOTTeVEST outerwear garment so I can start running my own PAN( personal area network, for running several electronic devices without visible cords) but with the introduction of the Solar SeV line, I'm definitely getting tempted. Solar SeV adds the ability to recharge any USB-powered device with a small (5 oz.) solar powered battery. The solar panel adds another 3 oz. Only one device can be charged at a time and a full charge in direct sunlight will take 3-4 hours. The solar jackets start at $424 or the solar panel can be bought separately for $225. The panel works with the Version 3 jackets, although the company says some older jackets may be able to be retro-fitted. The Solar SeV line won't ship until November but can be pre-ordered now.
I'm hoping that I can be less conspicuous about how much I'm worrying about running out of juice and use this Solar Pocket Power, which is a lithium battery that can be charged with the AC/DC adapter or with the solar panel. There are adapters available for most popular mobile phones and it can also be used to power up cameras, camcorders, or music players. It's $68 at Compact-Impact with a phone adapter adding $4.