Here Comes The Sun

by Cristina Foung

My favorite green product of the week: Solio Classic Universal Hybrid Charger

What is it?
Since summer is right around the corner, you may be spending more time outdoors. But what happens if you get caught with a low cell phone or iPod charge? Oh no! Have no fear. That’s where the Solio hybrid solar charger comes in. This charger can accept power from either the sun or the wall. The energy is stored in its internal rechargeable battery.

Why is it better?
As you well know, standard chargers plug into the wall and suck up electricity. And most grids are tied to some coal burning plants. But the Solio, with it’s 3 petal solar panel design, harnesses the energy of the sun to charger all of your smaller electronic gadgets, including cell phones and PDAs, iPods (or other MP3 players), game players, GPS devices, and even digital cameras. A fully charged Solio Classic will charge the average cell phone more than twice or let your rock out with your iPod for 20 hours. But iPhone users be warned – I hear they only charge iPhones about 50%.

Of course, if you’re looking for a rapid speed charge, the Solio probably won’t do it for you. It takes about 8 to 10 hours to charge fully in the sun. But if you’re headed for a relaxed day at the beach or going for a weekend camping trip and you just can’t shake that mobile connection, the Solio is a great portable device and it only weighs 5.6 ounces. And it comes in silver, black, pink, and white, which is fun!

Where can you find it?
You can order a Solio Classic directly through the Solio website. It retails for $99.95 (you can also look into their other models including the Solio Magnesium Edition or the H1000 hybrid charger).

Or! You can be a grand prize winner in’s Green Goodies Contest and win a Solio as well as $250 worth of other green goodness.

Besides her green products column on Cleantech Blog, Cristina is a passionate advocate for green living at the Green Home Huddle at, which focuses on electric cars, energy efficient appliances, and other green products.

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