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
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
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
Another very popular
is the iSol
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
This product is one
most revolutionary lines to come on the market in recent years. The
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
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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