Small Solar Portable Products
Some small solar portable products are ideal gadgets for those who can't do without their, uh, gadgets.
Fold out solar panels are stored in casing similar to the one you'd get with a day planner. You can charge the battery on your cell phone, PDA, GPS or anything similar. Simply take it out and charge, anywhere the sun shines.
iSun is a one example of a fine product in this category. It's lightweight and sleek in design.
Powerfilm products charge almost all Lithium, NiCad or NiMH batteries. You can use it to recharge batteries for GPS, GameBoy, cameras, camcorders, boomboxes, lanterns etc.
The SolarPort produces 4.4 watts through a polycrystalline solar panel and weighs 19 ounces. It can be added in series, for more power. It retails for just under $120.
The Solaris 25 has a three panel design and weighs about 4 lbs. It can generate 25 watts of 12 volt DC power. It can be used in conjunction with the Brunton Solo or Solo II to give you some serious charging. The Solo weighs about 10 lbs and can be used to power items as big as TVs and air pumps. The Solo II is even more powerful and weighs about 14 lbs. The Solo and Solo II retail for $550 and $820 respectively.
A lot of this gear is very suitable for hiking and camping, though there are other products, too, that can provide solar energy for camping.