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Published on December 19th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Energizer to Release Portable Solar Battery Charger

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GoodCleanTech reports that Energizer plans on debuting its portable solar-powered AA and AAA battery charger at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The slick-looking gadget is completely weatherproof and comes with a USB port to power electronics.

Energizer’s device can also be charged from an AC outlet just in case the sun lets you down.

The company plans on releasing the charger this summer for $49.99— not a bad price for freedom from wall outlets.

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



  • Power Crazy

    I’ve had one of these for years. It just doesn’t have a fancy brand name on it.

  • Power Crazy

    I’ve had one of these for years. It just doesn’t have a fancy brand name on it.

  • Rif

    @Global Patriot

    It is not new. A friend of mine bought something similar around 1996. He gave up on using it because it generate so little power that battery charging time would be counted in weeks not hours. I am sure the solar PV cells used have improved since then, but have they improved enough? There is no tech specs given, we will have to wait until it on the market.

    Solar PV is wonderful, but not very powerful per square-cm, so in reality a much larger collector is needed. Here are some transportable models that are on the market now:

    http://mobile-energy2.com/products_me2solar.php

  • Rif

    @Global Patriot

    It is not new. A friend of mine bought something similar around 1996. He gave up on using it because it generate so little power that battery charging time would be counted in weeks not hours. I am sure the solar PV cells used have improved since then, but have they improved enough? There is no tech specs given, we will have to wait until it on the market.

    Solar PV is wonderful, but not very powerful per square-cm, so in reality a much larger collector is needed. Here are some transportable models that are on the market now:

    http://mobile-energy2.com/products_me2solar.php

  • http://globalpatriot.com Global Patriot

    The idea that millions of batteries, which currently end up in our landfills, might be replaced by solar rechargeable versions is a great bit of news, though I can’t understand why it took this long to bring such a product to market.

  • http://globalpatriot.com Global Patriot

    The idea that millions of batteries, which currently end up in our landfills, might be replaced by solar rechargeable versions is a great bit of news, though I can’t understand why it took this long to bring such a product to market.

  • http://www.proformagreen.com John Simonetta

    We are noticing a number of solar charging units coming from the promotional products industry as well, mainly for phones and other small personal electronics.

    The KEYWORD solar locates a number of items at http://www.proformacatalog.com

  • http://www.proformagreen.com John Simonetta

    We are noticing a number of solar charging units coming from the promotional products industry as well, mainly for phones and other small personal electronics.

    The KEYWORD solar locates a number of items at http://www.proformacatalog.com

  • http://renewable-energy-tv.blogspot.com Renewable Ray

    I can easily see this in my Christmas stocking and using it in my window sills. Kind of expensive but very cool.

  • http://renewable-energy-tv.blogspot.com Renewable Ray

    I can easily see this in my Christmas stocking and using it in my window sills. Kind of expensive but very cool.

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