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This Kit Recharges Your Smartphone Using the Sun

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Don't have a place to charge your smartphone? This kit may be ideal if you have the time to wait.

Imagine hiking out in the woods, falling down a hill and injuring your leg, leaving you unable to move. You whip out your smartphone to call for help but it's dead and there's no way to charge it. That's the kind of scenario Goal Zero is tackling with the launch of its Switch 8 Solar Recharging Kit, allowing users to keep their smartphones, tablets and other gadgets charged by using the sun.

Goal Zero's new kit includes the portable Switch 8 Recharger, the Nomad 3.5 solar panel, and the Luna LED light to help keep users powered up and illuminated wherever they go. The Nomad 3.5 solar panel juices up the Switch 8 Recharger with sunlight in six to twelve hours – not ideal for emergency situations, but it prevents users from being totally without their device.

The Switch 8 Recharger itself contains a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged from any USB source in less than four hours. That way users can load up the recharging device before leaving on a camping trip, and then recharge it again using the Nomad 3.5 solar panel while out in the wilderness. This charger can supposedly replenish your device's battery in less than three hours.

"It’s not what our products do, but what they empower you to do," said Joe Atkin, President and CEO of the Utah-based company. "The Switch 8 Recharger is a great example of conveniently giving people the freedom to go anywhere and do anything without worrying about the battery life of their gear."

Also included in the kit is a 9-inch bendable USB-based Lune LED light cord to illuminate anything from a tent to a keyboard. A 1-watt LED with 10 bulbs produces bright, white light and is rated for 20,000 hours of use.

Goal Zero's solar recharging kit sells for $99.95, and can be purchased from REI here.

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    razor512 , November 16, 2012 7:21 AM
    Rip off, spend a fraction of the price by getting similar or larger solar panels then get a pth08080was or other mini switching power supply that outputs 5 volts and you have yourself a solar charger that will offer the same power for a fraction of the price, or for the same price, expand the system to handle a phone and probably a laptop also
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    abbadon_34 , November 16, 2012 6:44 AM
    wow, 1950's tech, today!
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    razor512 , November 16, 2012 7:21 AM
    Rip off, spend a fraction of the price by getting similar or larger solar panels then get a pth08080was or other mini switching power supply that outputs 5 volts and you have yourself a solar charger that will offer the same power for a fraction of the price, or for the same price, expand the system to handle a phone and probably a laptop also
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    razor512 , November 16, 2012 7:29 AM
    Forgot to add, 11v 3 watt solar panels of of the size of the product in this article cost $10 each
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    Parsian , November 16, 2012 7:35 AM
    im not sure if these people have ever been to Canadian woods. There aint any signals in the woods up here to begin with. :S
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    merikafyeah , November 16, 2012 8:44 AM
    abbadon_34wow, 1950's tech, today!

    You had smartphones that could be charged using the sun in the 50s? Well aren't you selfish hoarding all the great ideas to yourself for the past 50 years. For shame.
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    infernocy , November 16, 2012 9:17 AM
    will not work properly in the uk
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    SRRAE , November 16, 2012 11:00 AM
    infernocywill not work properly in the uk

    No, its not compatible with the UK Sun.
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    kellybean , November 16, 2012 12:36 PM
    SRRAENo, its not compatible with the UK Sun.

    It was sarcasm, it rains allot in the UK more than Seattle.
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    zak_mckraken , November 16, 2012 1:11 PM
    abbadon_34wow, 1950's tech, today!

    Actually, more like 4,500,000,000 BC technology!
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    rosen380 , November 16, 2012 2:45 PM
    "Actually, more like 4,500,000,000 BC technology!"

    Well assuming it will work with most any old sun that happens to be relatively near by, then you can up that to about 13.2 billion years :) 
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    funguseater , November 16, 2012 6:15 PM
    Parsianim not sure if these people have ever been to Canadian woods. There aint any signals in the woods up here to begin with. :S


    Does the sun normally send you signals.... ;) 
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