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This was also my first ever experience with solar panels. It seemed like the best idea at the time and it indeed worked out well. Although, like I said, for little more they now they have more powerful, although larger panels that can charge or even run a laptop. Although, as they get larger you lose the ability to be able to strap one to you pannier they way I did with mine. What amazes me about the new generation of cells is that they work even if there is no direct sunlight, although charging is much, much slower. I bet there will be something new and better by next Summer.
There is also this
, a very useful gadget and for the price it's a no-brainer. In a pinch, you stop by a gas station, deli or pharmacy, get 4 alkaline AAs, stick them in it and it will charge your USB smartphone. It works with rechargeable AAs as well, but it's a little picky, it didn't work with one type of older MAHA batteries I have. It works quite fast, a full iPhone charge in couple of hours, and a set of fresh AAs is enough to recharge an iPhone fully TWICE and there is still juice left. Without batteries it weighs a couple of ounces, it has power switch and a battery indicator. And it also acts as a charger too, although I haven't used it that way and according to reviews it's not a great charger. Other than that it's a nice gadget to have in addition to a solar panel for a rainy day, literally
Just make sure your device doesn't require more than 800mA or it will work very slowly or not at all.
Last edited by AdamDZ; 11-19-10 at 08:39 AM.