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choosing a solar charger for your iPhone

Alexis Bonari is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education and performs research surrounding online degrees.  In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

appleiphone_4g_1.jpgThere are plenty of solar charger options out there, and most of them can make you the proud owner of an iPhone that’s fully functional, 24/7.  The only thing you’ll be worrying about is grabbing hold of a Wi-Fi network when you’ve finished hiking the Appalachian Trail.  No matter what your outdoor activities and energy needs are, a good solar charger can take care of your iPhone’s battery juice so you can keep going strong.  The following are some classic, highly rated solar chargers that will power up your iPhone and other handheld electronic devices for under $100, so take a look to see which one best fits your needs.

juicebar1.jpgThe JuiceBar
This particular version is a pocket-sized, universal battery charger that can replenish its energy supply via USB or solar power. It can charge your phone several times on just one USB or solar charge.  One distinctive characteristic of this charger is its LED indicator, which shows you when it’s charging its internal battery so you’ll know when you’ve got full power.  The JuiceBar comes with 12 different connectors to make charging all your devices easy, and it includes the USB and charging cables as well as an accessory bag to keep you from losing connectors.  Priced at $49.99, it won’t break the bank, but it will break your habit of plugging into the wall.

The Novothink Solar Surge
The Surge, which is made specifically for the iPhone, has a lithium ion battery with solar panel and can be charged via USB cable or solar energy.  surgewhite_01_1.jpgIt comes built into a sturdy case, either black or white, that can be easily attached to your backpack or bag with a small carabiner.  The case even has a set of LED indicator lights that lets you know when the charger is ready to power up your iPhone.  What’s especially helpful about the Surge is that it serves as a docking station, so no cables are necessary between charger and iPhone.  It’s not much bigger than your phone and won’t even dampen your speakers because it has ports and cutouts.  For $79.95, you’ll be able to simply snap this charger onto your phone when the battery gets low and keep on going.  The Surge currently works with the Apple 3G lineup, with the 4G model coming soon.

Solio Models

Solio offers three different solar chargers: the Classic, the Rocsta, and the Mono.

soioclassic_1.jpegThe gunmetal gray Classic (pictured above) works with more than 3,200 devices, holds a charge for up to one year, can be charged via USB or solar power, and won’t damage your phone’s capacity by overcharging it.  (more…)

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

video – luis valenzuela on the runway – the greenshows

Opening Night at the GreenShows in NYC, ecofashion designer Luis Valenzuela unveils his stunning spring/summer 2011 collection…masterful creations handmade from “upcycled and found materials.”

RelatedLuis Valenzuela Kicks off The GreenShows in NYC (previously on altCon; September 14, 2010)

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recycled cardboard Clover Lamp @ StyleFactory


Nice figure.  Atlanta-based designer Joe Manus of Shiner International creates his Clover Lamp’s curvy shade from 100% recycled cardboard.  The uniquely formed lamp sits atop a minimal birch ply base.


You can purchase this designer lamp at the new website, –  a new retailer of modern designer furniture.  The site has a unique approach to choosing what products to sell –  the registered users that comprise the StyleFactory community choose the products that go into production.

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