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Charge Your Cell Phone if in Death Valley

Now I am not one to go against new technology, especially in the solar field, but sometimes I just don't get it.  Take for example Sanyo's Eneloop Portable Solar panels, which can charge portable devices through a USB connection.

This tote bag allows the charging of batteries for most mobile devices and comes with, I kid you not, a flashlight.  (Why would you need a flashlight for a solar panel?  Isn't the sun, aka the world's biggest flashlight, necessary to work?)  The book size solar cell weights 8-15 ounces and can be hung from a window.

Sanyo's Eneloop Portable Solar panel can charge mobile devices on the go.


But folks you can't just use the solar panel alone to charge you iPhone.  No, since the solar panel has no storage battery you also need to purchase a Eneloop Mobile Booster (2.5 ounces) containing a lithium ion battery.

Now here's the kicker.  It takes 1.5 to 3 days to fully charge the lithium ion battery! Yes, this solar cell takes at least 40 hours of sunlight to fully charge.  But, maybe I am looking at this wrong.  Sanyo suggests that this product not be your main source of juice for the cell phone but possibly a back up.  One hour of sunlight will allow that iPhone to get enough juice for 20-40 minutes of use.

The Portable Solar panels goes on sale August 10 in Japan with no specified price from Sanyo.  Best of luck Sanyo, but I just don't think this will sell



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