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Old 05-21-2009, 10:43 AM   #1
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Solar charger?

This would be sweet.

Seriously.

An infinite book. If I was stuck on an Island, it would be nice to have a solar charger for my e-book. This means a lot of music and books.

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What do you think of THAT!?
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:45 AM   #2
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Well you can get a Solio Hybrid Charger now. No concept needed.
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Sir no way and I going to spend ~70 dollars on one! I bet the same can be made for FAR less.

I would also like to add that having the wires inside the cover and plugging into the reader by having the metal contacts touch would be excellent, kind of like on a home phone.

Having the device run on strictly a solar panel would be an advantage, and having it run making it switch to battery mode when there is no sun around would be just as nice.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:51 AM   #4
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Sir no way and I going to spend ~70 dollars on one! I bet the same can be made for FAR less.

I would also like to add that having the wires inside the cover and plugging into the reader by having the metal contacts touch would be excellent, kind of like on a home phone.

Having the device run on strictly a solar panel would be an advantage, and having it run making it switch to battery mode when there is no sun around would be just as nice.
Not a "sir" but do it the way that works best for you. I was just suggesting a solution that already exits. If you make a solar cover, I'm sure you'll make a lot of money.

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Old 05-21-2009, 11:17 AM   #5
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Patricia has a solar charger that works for her, even in blustery Wales.
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:42 AM   #6
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I have the Solio and it works for me, not only on my Kindle but my iPod and cell phone as well.
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I like the concept. Except I typically flip the flap all the way back.

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Old 05-21-2009, 12:15 PM   #8
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I have the Solio and it works for me, not only on my Kindle but my iPod and cell phone as well.
Great idea!

How long does the normal charge take?
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:28 PM   #9
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Great idea!

How long does the normal charge take?
It's a Hybrid charger which means you can charge it by the sun or by plugging it into the wall. The charge is supposed to last one year if unused.

I live in Southern California, so I just keep it out on my balcony all the time (it's part of my earthquake kit), so I don't know how long the sun takes to charge it. I'm sure the stats are on Solio's website.

I'm able to connect my devices with their USB cables (with my K1 I did have to use a Palm Zire USB cable to charge it but no problem with K2). You can also use tips from iGo.
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:46 AM   #10
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I like the concept. Except I typically flip the flap all the way back.

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I do this SOMETIMES. I guess you guys win, because I'd need to use the internal battery more than the charger.
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:13 AM   #11
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Patricia has a solar charger that works for her, even in blustery Wales.
Really? Is there a thread where she discusses/reviewes it?
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Old 05-23-2009, 12:08 PM   #12
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Old 06-06-2009, 09:37 AM   #13
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Just create your own solar powered USB charger using those old solar powered garden lights you have laying around:

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/800000..._easy_to_make/
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:40 AM   #14
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Another entrant on the solar front. The USB Solar Charging 4-Port Hub. It does not have to be connected to a computer to charge devices. It's about $20 so I may have to buy it and see how long it takes to charge a Kindle.

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I have a "solar powered" calculator that runs from power from interior lighting, not just direct sunlight.

Does anyone know of a similar charger that will work with the ebook readers? The Solio, for example, requires direct sunlight.
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