These chargers are great
for any emergency situation, or any other time when a power outlet is
not readily available. The majority of solar mobile phone chargers on
the market are small and
lightweight, which makes them easy to transport and use
anywhere. They are a perfect product for anyone who loves to venture
into the wilderness as you’ll always be able to charge your phone, no
matter where you are or what might happen.
The other added benefit is
that most chargers are universal and will work to charge most small
electronic devices including smart phones, mp3
players, digital cameras, and some will even work for tablets
such as the iPad.
Of course, there are also options for a solar cell phone,
but these are still rather limited, so for now you might be better off
using a solar cell phone charger to charge your tradtitional device.
Types of Solar Cell Phone
The photovoltaic cells on
solar mobile phone chargers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, some
of which are better than others. The majority of chargers resemble a
larger old clamshell cell phone, which flips open to reveal two solar
panels underneath. A second very popular variety is a very simple flat
solar panel, although usually these products come with a cover so as
not to damage the solar cells.
There are also many other
varieties such as foldable cells, cells you can roll up, and even cells
that spread out to resemble a fan. All of the different varieties have
their positives and negatives, as some are more powerful than others,
but also may be much heavier or bulkier which makes them much harder to
carry around. When deciding on which type of charger to buy, it’s best
to think about your needs.
If you are someone who
does a lot of outdoor activities such as hiking, then it may be best to
consider one of the smaller, lightweight, compact chargers. While these
may sacrifice something in performance, they are much more portable
than some of the other chargers. Alternatively, if you plan on mainly
using your solar charger as an alternative to using normal electricity,
then you may want to pick a charger with a much larger solar panel that
is capable of producing more power and charging your devices much
Universal Solar Hybrid Charger
One of the better solar
cell phone chargers on the market is the Universal Hybrid Charger
Solio. This solar charger can be used to power your cell phone, mp3
player, digital camera, and smart phones such as the iPod or Android.
One of the biggest charms of this charger is its sleek, compact
While most solar chargers
rely on a larger solar panel to
generate power, the Solio Hybrid Charger has a compact fan display.
When not in use, the charger is a small oval shaped device, and in
order to use it you must simply fan out the blades and expose them to
This makes it much more
compact and easy to carry than many other chargers on the market and
also helps to protect the delicate solar panels when not in
the few negatives about this design is that the panels are slightly
loose and don’t always stay open as much as they should. Another issue
the charger needs to be propped up against something when it’s opened,
as it will not stand on its side once the fan blade solar panels are
opened. This is only an issue during the early morning and late evening
hours however, as the charger can be laid flat on its back when the sun
is directly overhead.
The Solio charger can
charge your devices from its built-in battery - provided it has enough
charge - or it can directly charge your device even when the battery in
the charger is dead, simply by placing the charger in direct sunlight.
A fully charged charger battery will hold enough energy to fully power
a cell phone twice.
The added bonus of the Solio Hybrid Charger is that
an hour’s worth of direct sunlight will charge a cell phone enough to
talk for at least ten minutes, or stay in idle mode for over a day,
making it ideal for an emergency situation.
Solio also guarantees that
the charger’s internal
battery will last over a year unlike many of the
competitor’s batteries, and they provide a full one year warrantee
the charger. One of the biggest advantages of this charger is the
price - you should be able to purchase one for between $40 and $100
which makes it much cheaper than many of its competitors.
Explorer Solar Cell Phone Charger
Another very popular
product on the market is the Powermonkey line of solar chargers.
Powermonkey offers a line of chargers which resemble a flip phone and
used to power almost any small electronic device. The Powermonkey
Explorer is probably the most popular in their line of
and comes with many adaptors to fit almost any product, however if you
use a newer version iPhone, then you’ll have to purchase an extra
The Explorer is small and
compact, but it still charges devices at much higher speeds than many
of its competitors, and the price still usually comes in at less than
$130. One of the biggest advantages of the Explorer is that it is
incredibly well-made and durable when compared to many other chargers-
however it does have a few drawbacks.
The Explorer still has
relatively small solar panels when compared to some of the flexible
panel solar chargers available. This makes it less efficient at
producing energy than some of the chargers with larger foldable panels;
however it is also much more portable than many other chargers and can
fit easily in most any handbag or backpack.
Check out these excellent resources regarding solar cell phone chargers:
thefw.com - excellent video resource for building your own cell phone chager!
greenchipstocks.com - an overview of some well-known companies and their upcoming range of solar cell phones.
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