For hikers and campers, over-the road-truckers, and emergency service personnel, a cellphone can be a lifesaver; for the rest of us, it may be no more than a convenience, but certainly a part of our everyday garb. And when we watch the battery strength head south, we hope we can get to a charging station before the phone starts to alarm. What's the solution?
How about this little gem -- theSoladec Hybrid Solar Power Charger ($90; was $120). This double-duty solar charger and on-the-go spare battery fits most smartphone and USB-capable portable devices -- iPhone 4 and 4S, Kindle Fire, MP3 players, and GPS systems, for example. The charger sports a 4000mA lithium polymer battery for extended service life, and a commercial-grade solar cell for reliability. The cover is a rugged, tempered low-iron glass for optimal solar gain, the charger has a very bright LED lamp for use as flashlight, and the whole thing comes with a carry case, USB cable, and a carrying/hanging lanyard. Nice.