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Protect Your Music With a Solar iPod Charger or Dock

One of the most useful recent innovations in solar technology is the solar iPod charger. These solar chargers are usually compatible for use with many cell phones and even digital cameras as well. Solar iPod chargers have a small solar panel that charges an internal battery, which can then be used to charge or provide power to your iPod or almost any other handheld device. 

These products can either be used as a backup battery charger in case of a power outage or they can be your primary means of charging your electronic devices. The majority of these chargers cost under $60, although there are also solar powered iPod docking stations available for between $150 and $300. These solar iPod docks have a larger solar panel that not only provides enough energy to power your mp3 player, but also to power the built-in speakers. This means that you can charge your device and listen to music from it at the same time, all of this simply by using free energy from the sun.

When purchasing a solar iPod charger, be sure to pay close attention to the types of device each charger is compatible with, as some of the newer chargers do not come with the required attachments to charge older model iPods and other older devices. Similarly, some of the chargers available are not compatible with the iPod Touch or the iPhone.

Freeloader Pro Solar Charger

freeloaderThe FreeLoader Pro is one of the best solar chargers to come onto the market in a very long time. It can be used to charge all iPod models, as well as almost any other handheld electronic device, including digital cameras and even portable DVD players. The charger contains a powerful internal battery than takes around 8 hours of sunlight to generate a full charge. 

This product also comes with a USB cable for connecting it to computers which can also be used to charge the Freeloader Pro’s built-in battery. Once the battery is full charged, this energy can be used to charge or run your iPod or other mp3 player. 

A fully charged Freeloader Pro battery will provide up to twenty eight hours of music listening time for your iPod. This battery can also be used to provide up to seventy hours worth of battery life for your cell phone as well. This makes the Freeloader Pro one of the most powerful solar chargers on the market today.

The Freeloader Pro also comes with the patented Cam Caddy, which is a very unique cradle that will accept and charge virtually any removable digital camera battery on the market. The Cam Caddy has adjustable contact points to allow any size or shape of battery to be charged.

Another advantage of this product is in the design and construction: the Freeloader Pro has a very sleek, stylish design and is small and portable which makes it easy to use. This charger is also built with a lightweight aluminum that was first developed for use in aerospace technology. All of this, combined with the fact that the Freeloader Pro is usually available for less than $60, makes this product the best solar iPod charger available today.

iSol 2X

solar ipod chargerAnother very popular product is the iSol 2X, manufactured by Silicon Solar. The iSol Plus is also capable of charging almost any electronic device, unlike the previous iSol versions. If you are considering purchasing an iSol, it’s essential that you make sure you are purchasing a product that is compatible with your iPod. The original iSol is still available for purchase, but don’t get it confused with the iSol Plus model. 

The original iSol can only be used to charge all USB connector iPod models, such as the iPod Shuffle or iPod Nano. It is not compatible with either the iPhone or all iPod Touch models. 

The iSol Plus is usually available for purchase at a price under $10, which makes it a cheaper option than the Freeloader Pro. If you are on a tight budget, then this is a decent product for you, as it works essentially the same as its competitors. The only difference is that this charger is a little slower at charging and slightly less reliable and not as well made as the Freeloader Pro.

Etón Soulra Solar Powered Sound System for iPod and iPhone and Etón NSP500B Soulra XL

etonThis product is one of the most revolutionary lines to come on the market in recent years. The Eton Soulra and Eton Soulra XL are solar iPod docking stations, which are equipped with a larger solar panel that can quickly provide a full charge to your iPod or iPhone. However, unlike the other models we’ve looked at, the Eton Soulra and Soulra XL also contain built-in speakers which are also powered by the solar panel. 

Therefore, this product is capable of providing an entire entertainment system wherever you go. The solar panel on the Eton Soulra and the Soulra XL is a 72 square inch monocrystalline panel which generates energy to be stored in the product’s built-in lithium ion battery. 

The speakers on this solar iPod dock are also quite powerful and as good as those on any traditional iPod docking stations and can still be powered through a traditional power outlet. The only drawback to this entire product is in the overall price. 

The original Etón Soulra costs around $100, while the Eton Soulra XL usually costs around $120, which makes this one of the most expensive solar chargers on the market. However, this price isn’t actually that much more expensive than many high quality traditional iPod docking stations, and should last for years. If you’re looking for a truly great solar charger and speakers, then this is definitely the right product for you. Let's bring the boombox back!

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