Joos Orange Personal Solar Appliance Announced

Posted: Mar 3 2010, 10:08am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 7:49pm CDT, in News | Hot Gadgets

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Press releases are frequently filled to the brim with overly-hyped, self-aggrandizing language. It's generally a wise idea to take anything you read in one with a big, jumbo-margarita-sized grain of salt. Solar Components sent out a press release today announcing the imminent launch of their new Joos Orange personal solar charger. They claim this new charger can deliver 2.5+ hours of cell talk time for every hour of charging.

That is (according to SC) up to 20x the capability of any existing personal solar chargers of a comparable size. When it ships in June 2010, the Joos Orange will retail for $99.95. This device can work submerged, has a polycarbonate case, and can charge devices with totally dead batteries. It works in low-light conditions and can even charge a PC. The 20 watt hour Li-ion battery is capable of generating 10 to 20 watt hours per day.

These are some big claims to make, and I'm not entirely certain Solar Components can back them up. I want the Joos Orange to kick this much ass, but I've been burned by crappy solar chargers before. I'd hold off on ordering one of these until we get some independent corroboration on the capabilities.

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