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A Lightweight, Foldable Solar Charger for Your Gadgets

A Lightweight, Foldable Solar Charger for Your Gadgets

Image source: StrongVolt.com

For those of us who rely on our mobile gadgets all day long, whether for work or play, running out of juice is a sure way to put a crimp in our day. And while carrying a backup battery along on a trip or out off of the grid is certainly helpful, sooner or later we’ll end up needing a recharge.

One way to get a charge, free from the sun, is with a portable solar charger like this one from StrongVolt. Available in 3, 5, 7, or 10 Watt models, these foldable and lightweight solar panels can add hours of life to your gadgets, from smartphones to cameras to e-readers to GPS units.

The 10W version is a great choice for quick charging of smartphones and other power-hungry mobile devices, as it can fully charge an iPhone or similar device in about an hour. Charging an e-reader takes about 2.5 hours of direct sunlight, which is almost as quick as plugging it into an outlet.

The StrongVolt Solar:10 Portable Solar Charger weighs 12 ounces, folds up to about 9.7 x 6.3 x .6 inches (247 x 160 x 15mm), and then can be unfolded to its full size of 17.3 x 9.7 x .2 inches (440 x 247 x 5mm), revealing a set of solar cells that puts out 5.5V through its single USB port. The charger has grommet holes for hanging the solar panel wherever is convenient for you, be it a tree, your backpack, a chair, or your tent.

Retailing for about $75 USD from StrongVolt, this solar charger could be the answer to your mobile power woes, whether it’s from lack of power during an emergency or simply your overactive Instagramming and Facebook updates.

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