I paid 60gbp for mine, I notice on the Solio website they are charging $99 which works out probably about the same once delivery is included.
My charger has only been used in Germany, UK, Canada, and US. I guess that places with a bit more intense sun ... Read review
DetailsWith expanded compatibility and a strong yet elegant magnesium alloy shell, this is ... more
the most powerful and versatile hybrid charger ever made.Universal Charger - Powers virtually all your electronic devices. Now compatible with the Universal iGo tip system for use with hundreds of different portable electronics. Includes Adapter Tip system Cable and USB tip for iPod, digital cameras, and other compatible devices.Stores Power - Charge your devices anytime, day or night Internal rechargeable battery stores power for up to one year. (A full Solio Mg will charge a typical mobile phone more than twice or give over 20 hours of MP3 music - just 1 hour of sunshine = 20 minutes talk time or 50 minutes of MP3 music).Hybrid Charger - Charge anywhere on Earth Plug into the Sun and charge Solio Mg through its solar panels - it's free and green! Or plug into the wall to charge from the grid.Your Solio includes:- Charging Cable for iGo tip system- Female USB Cable (powers iPhone, iPod, MP3s)- iGo Motorola Razor tip- iGo LG Chocolate tip- iGo Nokia tip- iGo Samsung tip- iGo Blackberry tip- Pencil- Solio Draw String Hemp Pouch- Universal Wall AdapterDownloadsSolio MagnesiumSpecification- 3.7V 1800 mAh Li-ion battery (exchangeable)- Output: 1.5 - 8 watts- Min./max. operating temperature: -20 - 55 Degrees C- Min. dimensions: 11.9 x 6.4 x 3.3 cmWarranty2 YearsProduct CodeS224-C41U093509
"...you purchase the product then solio give a code for an extra adapter (i.e. for a Motorola phone) to be posted to you free of charge. There is a long list (phones, iPods, USB - see website for all options) and that is nice of them. I am not sure if this offer is still available, maybe ask if you order.
The supplied mains adapter is useful for giving the power a boost basically turning the charger into an extra battery pack.
4 different colours ..."
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Quick review of Solio Portable Solar Charger Battery charger (BES001)
"The Solio, from Better Energy Systems is marketed as a 'green' product which will power your ipod/mobile/pda/gsp/psp etc.
Unfortunately, the truth isn't quite as impressive as the hype. The Solio requires 8 hours of strong, uninterrupted sunlight to charge up fully.
When I plugged my PDA into my fully charged Solio, the power drained away within 20 minutes. I then had one dead Solio, no sunlight, and a rather dissappointed feeling. The unit can be charged up via a mains adapter, and used as a back up battery, which is okay if you have mains power available but what's green and eco friendly about that? My verdict? Looks great but it doesn't really do what it says on the tin.
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Manufacturer's product description
Solio, a revolutionary new product from Better Energy Systems, is the most powerful and only rechargeable battery system with its own integrated solar-blade technology on the market. Simply charge your Solio in direct sunlight or from your mains supply for added battery life!Combining power with style, and compatible with all 3G and 4G iPod mini models, a full Solio delivers enough charge to extend your play time up to 9 hours, or fully charge your iPod mini with enough power left over to top up your mobile phone!Whether you are on a deserted island with no power socket, or on the move and can't charge your iPod, Solio is the perfect solution.Solio also charges a wide range of other products such as mobile phones, PDAs, GPS, Gameboy and other portable electronic devices (requires additional tips, not included).Never let your iPod power go down again, Plug into the Sun!
(+) 8 pack cost effective for most needs, long lasting, usually slow drip feed on power, easy to fit. (-) Can still be pricey dependent on the actual pack, lacks power strip unless you buy pricey Ultras.