The Expedition Solar Charger: Portable Solar Power for Gadgets in Tough Situations

I don’t know if I’m just catching things at exactly the right minute as I flip through the channels at night, but I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot of references to survivalists on TV. Their causes are all different, ranging among horrific possibilities like Take Two of the New Madrid Earthquake, impending fallout from the much-anticipated 2012 Presidential election, and just Armageddon in general. Guns, preserved food, medical supplies… all good things to have when you head for the hills, but let’s not forget our gadgets, folks. Maybe you can ditch the cell phone and the GPS, but I think I’d like to have an MP3 player along to boost my spirits with a few tunes. Personally, I’d have a portable solar charger hidden among my personal effects, because what are you going to do if you need to plug in but can’t?

Okay, okay, so maybe my imagination is running away with me and the survival what-ifs, but the bottom line is, whether you’re living off the grid, camping, or are just experiencing a brief but annoying power outage in the heart of civilization, sometimes it’s nice to have some backup to keep those mobile electronics going. And on the bright side, barring a massive asteroid collision or catastrophic volcano eruption that would put so much dust/ash into Earth’s atmosphere that all light would be blotted out, we’ll always have the Sun. But I digress.

All this to say that I’ve found an extremely new portable solar charger that’s small enough to slip into your pocket, but is made to stand up to whatever tough environments and situations you and your small electronics may find yourselves in. Meet the Expedition™ Solar Charger.

With a folding design that helps protect the solar cells when not in use, and a rubberized outer shell that makes the possibility of accidental drops, scrapes and bumps a lot less scary, the Expedition is meant for the rough and tumble lifestyle of the great outdoors. One feature that I really like is the built-in 60 lumen LED, which will light a 30 x 30 foot area for up to 8 hours on a single charge. Not to mention that it comes with five interchangeable connectors and an adapter cable, so in many cases, you can plug in your devices without their original chargers. In addition to absorbing power from sunlight, the Expedition can also gather energy from indoor light, or even be plugged into a computer via USB for an ultra-quick charge.

So whether you’re living off the land or in a high-rise, give solar power a try… after all, these days it never hurts to have a little backup.

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Manhattan Solar Power Pack: Power the Newest Technology with the Oldest Energy Source (the Sun)

solar-power-pack-icintracomThanks to everyone’s combined obsessions with gadgets and green energy, tech gifts like solar chargers are hot ticket items this holiday season. With a few days left of Hanukkah and Christmas just around the corner, environmentally-friendly gadget accessories are great quick-fix for the last-minute, impossible-to-buy-for friends and family on your list.

Talk about perfect timing. I just came across our very newest product, the Solar Power Pack by Manhattan/IC Intracom, and I have to say, I like it. I’ve played around with other pocket-sized solar chargers before, and while they were very cool and worked, I felt like they were a little… how can I say this? Prototypical. Like someone had only just worked the kinks out, and then put them on the market.

There’s nothing wrong with that (after all, pretty much every decent product out there has undergone a period of evolving from good to great). It’s just that I like to see little bit of polish and refinement in the things that I buy – I’d rather not have the “rough draft,” so to speak.

That’s why I like the Solar Power Pack – it still charges small electronics with the power of the Sun, but has much more of a “next generation” feel to it. And at 3.7 by 1.5 inches, it’s tiny… smaller than your average cell phone, as a matter of fact. Believe it or not, the mini solar cells have the ability to power MP3 players up to 45 hours, cell phones for up to 12, and portable video games for up to 2. Not too shabby, considering that that’s free electricity.

What’s really cool is that the Solar Power Pack comes with a small variety of adapter cables and interchangeabe tips, which allow you to fit just about any popular device out there. Need to top up the battery pack’s power at night, or during a particularly sunless day? Just plug it into your computer’s USB port, and you’ll be good to go in no time. The Solar Power Pack is also perfect for international travel, because it lets you charge your gadgets anywhere, without ever worrying about which wall outlet adapter you’ll need.

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JuiceBar Solar Charger

juicebar-solar-charger_cellphoneAhhhhhhhhh, Florida. Sun. Sand. Citrus. Hurricanes. It figures that there has to be some sort of trade-off, especially when one lives in a place that can be total paradise for years at a time. As most of you already know, every few summers here in the Sunshine State, one of the named storms that taunt us menacingly from nearby Atlantic coordinates will actually make good on its threats, come charging ashore, and give us a proper thrashing. As long as you don’t live in a flood zone, lose a part of your roof, or have a window smashed by a wind-hurled coconut, things generally turn out okay in the end. There’s just that pesky wait of 2 days to a week to get your power back on. Curses!

Up until now, many of us have whiled away post-hurricane downtime by looking on helplessly as the battery bars on our cell phone displays rapidly dwindled. Sure, you can leave your electricity-deprived home and try to plug in at the first Starbucks or McDonald’s to open their doors, but there’s just one problem – everyone else is having the same brilliant idea. What’s a tech-dependent Floridian to do? Why, take advantage of that ever-abundant sunlight, of course.

To do that, you’ll need a JuiceBar solar charger. To be honest, as a fan of that Jamba place, the JuiceBar’s name was the first thing that appealed to me (and yes, I know that it’s also an electrical pun, but that’s beside the point). I just heard “Juice Bar” and my ears automatically perked up. But my interest really picked up when I found out what this thing does. The pocket-sized JuiceBar uses small solar cells to charge the batteries of cell phones, iPods, portable gaming systems, and plenty of other gadgets. Genius. As you can imagine, the entire CableOrganizer staff was immediately enthralled. We’re saved!

I realize that I’ve probably already typecast this product as a must-have for residents of the Southeastern Atlantic and Gulf Coast states, but really, this is also a terrific charger for the green-conscious, tech addicts, and frequent campers out there. And here’s something else you’ll also like: the JuiceBar charger comes with twelve connectors that are more or less universally compatible with most current portable electronics. The JuiceBar has a high-capacity battery that becomes fully charged when it spends 12 to 15 hours in direct sunlight, and that charge is enough to “re-juice” two standard cell phone batteries (on average).

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