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Reviewed: Gomadic SunVolt solar charger for portable devices

02/04, 7:44pm

New solar panel leads the latest wave of solar charging technology

Solar energy still has a ways to go for widespread adoption, despite its 'green' nature. It doesn't have a high power density, meaning that a large area of solar panels, intense sunlight, or both, is required for optimal energy generation. Plus, the panels are expensive. Reston, VA-based Gomadic Corp supplies the former Kickstarter project SunVolt Solar Charger, in an attempt to make solar charging available to the masses, at least for portable devices. Electronista checks to see if the SunVolt has worked around common issues with solar panels.

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Gomadic puts power into solar charging with SunVolt

01/04, 4:45pm

Gomadic touts real renewable power with SunVolt chargers

The average technophile can find herself carrying an array of gadgets on the average day out: smartphone, tablet, digital camera, and so forth. Even with advances in battery technology, it's not uncommon to find one's power indicator creeping into the red during a day of normal use, or to see those vibrant, high-resolution screens we love so well go blank late into a day of heavy use. Plugging in may be no problem if you're near a power outlet, but what if you're off in the woods? What if you're looking to lower your carbon footprint but still want to keep in touch on Facebook or snap pictures on the go? Gomadic, a Virginia-based accessory maker, is looking to solve the power problem with the SunVolt, an eco-friendly option that allows users to "charge responsibly."

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