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Micro Solar For High Tech Camping

February 5, 2011

Keep your electronic gadgets, from iPods to cell phones to radios, fully charged

Solar power systems are starting to come in some pretty compact packages.  The prototype MicroSolar Camping Kit can provide your tent with all the high tech accessories you could ever want, and keep them all happily supplied with electrical power for quite a while.

The base unit will have an array of adapter plugs for most popular cell phones and handheld electronics.  It utilizes a solar panel powered battery charger capable of handling multiple sized metal hydrid batteries.  We tested it with four 5000 mAh C-sized batteries that showed no signs of being depleted after powering an array of 6 volt gizmos.  The system uses off-the-shelf USB components designed for laptop computers including: a 10″ extension cable, a 4-socket USB hub, an LED light bar (that lights up the whole forest), a single LED map light, and a spunky little fan.

The lights and fan are on long flexible metal “goosenecks” that allow them to be twisted in virtually any position and mounted by simply twisting a loop in one and snapping a clip on it.  The 10 ft. extension cord keeps the battery pack and solar charger outside under the sun where it belongs.

Needless to say this is a luxury item for the long range backpacker, but  it is not much to carry for a sustainable power supply for lighting and a cell phone charger, which are both essentials.

MICRO SOLAR features: A. Solar panel and battery pack, B. USB hub, C. LED light bar, D. fan, E. accessory charger, F. map light

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