As the CES 2015 (Consumer Electronics Show) comes to an end, there is one thought we need to bury deep in our brains. “green energy products are here to stay”. The world’s most famous electronic trade show which happened in Las Vegas saw a good display of eco-friendly products. There were 3 solar products which stood out from the heap of electronics and wearable products.
Helios Smart solar charger
Firstly we have the Helios smart solar charger. It’s a solar powered phone charging device introduced by Solpro. It is a pocket sized rectangle shaped charger with three solar panels side by side. The two outer panels can be folded onto the middle panel thereby reducing the storage space for the charger.
Equipped with a 4000 mAh lithium ion battery, the charger absorbs enough sunlight in 90 minutes to charge a standard smartphone. That adds up to around 1500-2000 mAh energy in 90 min or say around 3-4 hours to completely charge the 4000mAh battery of the Helios charger. Pretty great actually.
It is ideal for those who are always on the go and those who live off-grid. The high power capacity of the battery and the renewable energy input facility make this charger suitable not only for camping and emergencies but also for everyday charging.
The Solpro Helios charger currently retails at $129.
EnerPlex Surfr iPhone 6 case
The EnerPlex Surfr case is a sturdy and rubberized iPhone 6 case with a 2700 mAh battery and a solar panel. The battery can be switched on at the time of need. The case has a standby time of 375 hours and a talk time of 20 hours. The solar panel charger, on exposure to sunlight for 10 minute enables a talk time of 2 minutes. For fully charging the battery with the solar charger, the charger needs to be kept in bright Sunlight for about 16 hours.
The charger can also be charged using use the charging cable. The case will charge the phone first and then the battery, the total period of which is about 4 hours. The solar –panel case is light in weight and hence easy to carry. It is available in blue, black and orange colours. It is sold through Best Buy, Walmart and through other online retailers.
WakaWaka Power+ solar charger
With charging in the Sun for a full day, this charger can deliver 150 hours of light at 120 lumens per watt (lm/W). It is an all-in-one solar powered device that can charge gadget such as phone, tablet, speaker and any USB device. At times of trouble and emergency, the product has provision for “SOS” model. Charging and light usage can be done simultaneously.
This gadget will be very useful for everyone living away from grid. This device is aimed at helping the underdeveloped World to gain access to light and power. For each purchase of WakaWaka power in the Western world, the company donates a WakaWaka Power to the Third World based on their mission to help the underdeveloped world gain access to light and power.
WakaWaka solar charger retails at $79 currently.
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