Solar Charger

Changers offers redeemable credits for charging gadgets via solar power

Changers offers redeemable credits for charging gadgets via solar power

The market has no lack of solar chargers for small gadgets, such as smartphones and tablets, but they often take longer than a wall charger and are less convenient, needing full sunlight in most cases. Such negatives aren't much incentive for gadget owners to go green, but the startup Changers hopes to change that. Those who use the company's solar charger will earn credits that can be redeemed for goods.

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iPhone 6 tipped to feature sapphire glass screen and solar charger

iPhone 6 tipped to feature sapphire glass screen and solar charger

Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone model later this year and the rumors about what the device will feature are flying. A few days ago, we mentioned that a test run of 100 units of the iPhone 6 with the sapphire glass screen had reportedly been made by Foxconn. In February of 2013, a patent surfaced that suggested an iPhone with a solar charger was on the way.

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Jumpr Slate is the thinnest battery backup available at 6.7mm thin

Jumpr Slate is the thinnest battery backup available at 6.7mm thin

EnerPlex may not be a name you’re familiar with, but they’re power options are pretty impressive. Battery backups for your mobile devices are pretty easy to find, but can be bulky and clumsy. Here at CES 2014, we caught up with EnerPlex to find out what new stuff thy were bringing to the fold.

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USB PD replacing current standard: why this is excellent

USB PD replacing current standard: why this is excellent

The word is spreading here near the end of 2013: USB is over, if you want it. USB PD (Power Delivery) is set to be the new standard for the next generation, working with standard specifications set to start taking effect as early as 2014. This technology may very well change the way we power electronics, first and foremost because it's able to output up to 100 watts of power, 10 times that of today's current best in regular ol' USB technology.

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Wearable Solar turns clothing into a personal charging station

Wearable Solar turns clothing into a personal charging station

We've seen clothing that doubles as something else a few times before, such as the drone-evading stealth hoodie revealed back in January, and the GPS-trackable line of wearables announced way back in 2006. The latest to surface comes from a team composed of students, a creative agency, and a fashion designer, all of whom worked together to assemble a wardrobe called Wearable Solar.

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AT&T solar-powered charging stations land in New York

AT&T solar-powered charging stations land in New York

If you're out and about for the whole day and are relying on your smartphone for a handful of tasks, you may discover that the battery won't last you the whole day, and what's a person to do when their phone dies and you're nowhere near an outlet? AT&T is looking to solve this problem with solar-powered charging stations planted all throughout the city.

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Goal Zero Sherpa 50 solar recharging kit takes your laptop off-grid

Goal Zero Sherpa 50 solar recharging kit takes your laptop off-grid

Long ago during CES 2012, we spent a little hands-on time with an interesting product from a company called GoalZero. The product in question is the Sherpa 50 solar recharging kit. It's been over a year since we first saw this particular product so we understand if you've completely forgotten what it is, and what it's about.

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MpowerD Solar-powered waterproof Lantern hands-on

MpowerD Solar-powered waterproof Lantern hands-on

For those who are always in need of a little light while camping, we have just the device for you. MpowerD has introduced a solar-powered lantern they're calling Luci. Luci is "the little solar lantern with a big impact" and we're actually really liking this neat idea. Essentially this is a fully waterproof and lightweight lantern that only needs the sun for a charge, and will last up to 12 hours.

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Switch 8 solar charger harnesses the sun

Switch 8 solar charger harnesses the sun

If you're on the go a lot away from a power outlet and have gadgets that you need to keep charged an external battery will help you keep going. The problem with normal external batteries is that they have to be plugged into an outlet typically to charge themselves. A new solar charger has surfaced called the Switch 8.

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SolarKindle case packs sun-charged battery and reading lamp

SolarKindle case packs sun-charged battery and reading lamp

E-Ink's power-sipping frugality makes it an ideal partner to solar panels, and so it's hard to believe SolarFocus' SolarKindle idea hasn't been offered before. A combination case, recharging system and LED light for the Kindle ereader, the new accessory is fronted by a bank of solar cells that recharge an integrated 1,500 mAh battery pack. That battery can be used to top up your Kindle's power, turn on the flip-out LED lamp, or both.

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Nokia tests show solar-powered phone not practical

Nokia tests show solar-powered phone not practical

Nokia has finished a research project that's been testing the feasibility of harvesting solar energy to power a mobile phone. The test involved five prototype feature phones equipped with built-in solar chargers that were distributed to various regions around the world to test under different climate conditions. Overall, Nokia finds that solar-powered phones are possible but very challenging and, at its current state, impractical.

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Google makes a new $94M investment in US solar energy projects

Google makes a new $94M investment in US solar energy projects

Google has announced that it has made a new $94 million investment in clean solar energy. The investment will go into four different solar projects that Google is having built by Recurrent Energy near Sacramento, California. With the new investment, the total that Google has spent on clean energy so far is $915 million.

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