From CES – The Goal Zero Solar Charger
It’s late in the day here in California, but we thought we’d relay this solar-related news tidbit coming out of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held this week inLas Vegas. A maker of “portable solar power systems,” Goal Zero, tookthe opportunity at CES to unveil a new product:
Image courtesy of Goal Zero
What, pray tell, is it?
Consisting of four AA rechargeable batteries, a USBoutput port, and an LED flashlight, the GOAL ZERO Guide 10 power pack is designed to work in conjunction with the 7-watt mono-crystalline solarpanels of the GOAL ZERO Nomad 7M. Together, they create the Guide 10Adventure Kit, which completely charges in four hours of full sunlightand delivers portable power to a variety of USB and DC devices.
This slick little number appears to pack a punch, purportedlyproviding 30 hours of power for a cell phone, seven to ten hours for asmart phone and up to 40 hours of power for an iPod. Not bad.
Interestingly, as far as we can tell, the device is made withcrystalline panels, which tend to be rigid. Most other portable solarpower systems — like Samsonite’s solar-powered bags, — tend to incorporate thin-film solar panels, which, while relativelyless efficient, can be made to be flexible. Maybe Goal Zero wanted toget the most juice per square inch of bag space?
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