This looks very good, especially for the price (£12.99): Our Offers - Thursday, 16.05. - Solar-Powered Charger - Lidl UK
It's a solar USB charger that has a built in 2000mAh battery so you can charge/run your device off that once that has charged from the sun. I think I'll be investing
Just been looking to see if it is a good deal. Found a similar one on Amazon for £11.21 however it only has a 1100mAh battery.
PowerBee Compact solar phone charger: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics
For a 1500mAh battery version the price goes up to £17.21: PowerBee Elite Solar Phone Charger for Iphones / Ipods: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics
Looks like I'll defiantly be investing
I might try one... though last time I tried a solar charging device (the Solio, about 5 years ago), it failed miserably. I took it with me to a music festival in Benicassim, southern Spain at the height of summer, clear blue skies and beating sunshine every day. Left it out on the beach all day, managed about a 10 minute charge of my mobile, which eventually wasn't enough to keep the thing going. It went in the bin!
I'm hoping the technology has come a long way since then...
What isn't explicit is whether you can charge the battery from USB/power adapter as an alternative to solar - most of these units do provide that -which would make it a much more useful standby power supply.
Good point. It would be nice to go away with it fully charged.
I have a cheap - actually more expensive than that (nz pricing) - Chinese one that works once then refuses to even solar charge till you plug it in and charge it from the power point, kind of defeats the point. It drains while not charging a phone too. Don't get your hopes too high.
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