Portable solar chargers to let you go green

The new buzzword is ‘go green’. Look around everywhere and you can find things helping conserve environment. Everywhere you look you will find eco-friendly vehicles, devices, electronics, constructions, packing material, water conserving faucets, etc. Governments are also planning to turn over to the non-conventional methods of power generation to preserve our natural resources like coal and petroleum. These non-conventional methods include energy generation from solar or wind energy. At your personal level you too can help conserve environment by choosing solar-powered portable chargers which not only add convenience of charging your portable devices but are also environment friendly. Mentioned below are seven such portable solar chargers for you to choose from.

S-ZWT01 portable hybrid solar charger

Are you out for long hours or have you planned an excursion where you’ll rarely get time or place to charge your portable electronic devices? Thanks to a new portable hybrid solar charger S-ZWT01, now you don’t have to worry about charging your gadgets when you are out. This charger supports a wide array of mobile gadgets with its bundled adapter plugs that supports USB, Motorola, Nokia, Blackberry and iPhone gadgets. S-ZWT01 is a hybrid device and is also incorporated with a inbuilt 2000 mAh lithium ion battery so that it can store the power when not being used for charging your device. This is quite a handy device and best for charging on the go.

Product specifications:

  • Solar cell board: Vmp 5.5 volt
  • Charging current/voltage: 0.5A max. /5.3 +/- 0.3V (DC)
  • Output current/voltage: 0.3 ~ 0.5A/5.5 +/- 0.5V (DC)
  • Completed output: 50 +/- 20mA (DC)
  • Cost: $19.99

ZYRUS’ compact USB solar charger

Korean company ZYRUS has launched a new portable compact USB solar charger that is commonly known as ‘Sun Drive’ due to its powerful features and compact size along with internal memory storage (flash drive) feature. Sun drive is designed to charge most of the handheld portable gadgets like mobile phones, iPods, PMPs and even digital cameras. When charged for the cell phone sun drive can provide 90 to 100 minutes of extra talk time and about 25 t o30 hours of standby time on a single charge. The size is so compact that it can be carried along with your portable gadgets easily in the pocket or you can even strap them together.

  • Dimensions: 64 mm X 25.8 mm X 13.8 mm
  • Max. charging power: 0.12 W
  • USB memory: 1GB/2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB available
  • Can charge: Samsung, LG, Nokia, Motorola, iPhone, Sony-Ericson and many compatible devices
  • Cost: $23

Solar energy battery charger

This is a powerful solar battery charger for various portable electronic devices like laptops, cell phones, MP4 players, etc. This unit comes with two large solar panels molded into a protective casing for tough protection. Now say goodbye to dead batteries and carry your own eco-friendly power house with you and remain charged with your electronic portable devices on the go. With 16 adapter settings and 8 different voltage settings get your devices going perpetually. Solar energy battery charger comes with inbuilt high capacity lithium ion battery to store excess energy for emergency use.

Product specifications:

  • Total dimensions: 260 mm x 203 mm x 30 mm
  • Solar panel dimensions: 225 mm x155 mm
  • Solar Power: 10W
  • Casting material: Molded plastic
  • Design: Clam shell design
  • Output voltage: 5V (USB), 6V, 8.4V, 9V, 12V, 16V, 19V, 24V
  • Charging voltage: 12-20 V (DC)
  • Cost: $128

Solar P-Flip

A wonderfully useful accessory from Dexim which is a more intelligently designed solar charger with inbuilt lithium polymer battery to run the device for 15 to 60 hours (depending upon the usage) can be used for your iPhone or Blackberry cell phones. The intelligent design makes it flip either vertically or horizontally as convenient for its hands free viewing.

Product specifications:

  • Battery capacity: 2000 mAh (lithium polymer battery)
  • Battery output: 1000 mA, 5V (DC)
  • Input power: 1000 mA, 5V (DC)
  • Cost: $79.90

iPhone portable solar charger

All new loader portable solar charger 8.0 by solar technology is a trendy looking versatile gadget that can charge a multitude of electronic devices using solar power like iPods, iPhones, PDAs and even digital cameras. Now your portable devices will never go dead. A futuristic design with a hardcore casing for easy mobility is the most attractive feature. The device expands out its solar panels when in use and then it can be lipped into the tough casing for carrying easily into the pocket. The built in li-ion battery can store the battery charge for up to 3 months. The LCD display provides some useful information on the battery level, power input and connectivity.

Product specifications:

  • Dimensions: 123 mm x 62 mm x 17 mm
  • Weight: 4.4 oz
  • USB cable and 9 charging tips
  • Battery: Li-ion 1200 mAh
  • Body: Impact resistant aluminum
  • 150 mAh premium quality solar cells
  • Chargers via USB or sunlight
  • Cost: $28.95

Generator solar laptop charger

Ever imagined your laptop bag to be a powerhouse for your laptop? Voltaic systems has launched a laptop bag that chargers your laptop on the go with the power of sunlight. The solar power generator bag looks like a conventional one with its single solar panel production of 14.7 watts of power. With internal battery charged this bag is capable of charging a wide array of devices from iPods, iPads to various mobile phones too. The generator is made from the fabrics of recycled soda bottles which makes the generator tough, waterproof and UV resistant.

Product specifications:

  • Solar power generation: 15W
  • Output voltage: 19V, 16V, 12V and 5V
  • Battery capacity: 50 Watt hour
  • Charge time: within 8 hours in direct sun
  • Cost: $499.96


One of the most flexible solar panels on the list is the solar-rolls that can be rolled and packed into your baggage and can be spread wherever convenient. This 59 inch long solar-roll is capable of charging anything from satellite phones, laptops, GPS devices and cell phones. This hassle free roll is easy to carry with immense power generation.

Product specifications:

  • Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Power generation: 14 W
  • Size: 59 inches
  • Waterproof and UV transparent
  • Cost: $315.06

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