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Portable Solar Power Generator - Mobile Devices Charged For Free

Feb 8, 2008
We've all been there, you're listening to your ipod on a long bus trip and it runs out of power in the middle of your favorite song. No listening to podcasts, no music or audio books, what are you going to do with all the time ahead of you. If not that then surely your cell phone has given up the ghost half way through an important conversation. The phone sounds a beep and you see the low charge warning on the screen. Looks like you'll have to find an un-vandalized phone booth - good luck!

I'm like most other people. I take it for granted that I can get instant access to entertainment or business communications with a hand held device. This explains why I have all sorts of gadgets like many other people do. However I am often left in an inconvenient situation because I have forgotten to recharge them. Thus a great solution to situations like these is to carry a solar power generator.

With the interest in solar power and the increase in hand held devices, there a number of good portable solar power generators around at the moment. The standard design is similar for most of them. A solar panel or cells will react with the photons in sunlight to create direct current electricity. This is passed to a battery that stores the electricity. The generator has a power point where various devices can be plugged in to use the current of the battery as if they where plugged into a wall socket.

The advantage of the solar generator is that if it is running low on charge then sunlight will help to top it up. Of course, this implies that there is some sun out but with some of these cells even the smallest amount of sunlight is enough. And this translates to any portable device that you have on you will have a source of electricity. Those flat battery blues are over for good.

If you think that a portable solar generator is something to add to your collection of mobile devices then here are a few selection pointers. Evaluate the solar panels because they are vital for the device to work well. The larger the surface area of the solar cells the more electricity producing ability in the generator. Of course this must be contrasted with being too large and awkward. The solar power generator should be roughly of a similar dimension with the mobile devices that it will be supplying power to. It needs to be easy to stow in a backpack or even carry by hand.

A battery with a large capacity is a plus too. How long can you use an ipod with out needing to recharge for instance. You are looking for a battery that lasts a long time obviously but, again, you should consider the size if you want your generator to be portable.

Something else to consider is the type of hand held devices you can plug into the generator and whether you need any adapters. At the very least it should be compatible with a cell/mobile phone, a gps device, a blackberry and a pda. You would also want it to be compatible with the popular entertainment appliances like PSP's , ipods and a dvd player.
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For more information on portable solar power generators visit www.solarpowerappliances.com. The site also features plenty of other products including solar powered ovens and outdoor lighting.
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