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Disruptive Solio Portable Solar Charger - Battery charger - for Apple iPod (3G, 4G); iPod mini

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I have an iPod, and there was a time when my self-worth was largely dictated by the amount of pointless gadgets I could get for it. This solar power charger was probably the height of my vanity. I've owned it for nearly a year now. Positives ------------ This really shouldn't be a positive ... Read review

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Community Level 1rjw01

rjw01

Very nearly cutting edge technology

AdvantagesIt looks cool!

DisadvantagesYou need an awful lot of sun!

"I have an iPod, and there was a time when my self-worth was largely dictated by the amount of pointless gadgets I could get for it. This solar power charger was probably the height of my vanity. I've owned it for nearly a year now. Positives ------------ This really shouldn't be a positive in any normal review but it does look really cool. Get it out on a train, bus, boat, plane, use the supplied "sucker stick" (my terminology) and whack it on ..." Read review
23.02.2007

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Community Level 1DanRogers

Quick review of Disruptive Solio Portable Solar Charger - Battery charger - for Apple iPod (3G, 4G); iPod mini

"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.
07.07.2007

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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!

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MPN BES001, S13-U11E
Product Type Battery charger

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Designed For Apple iPod (3G, 4G) ¦ Apple iPod mini

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