Adventurers looking for a convenient way to power their mobile gadgetry should consider Suntrica’s SolarStrap portable solar-powered chargers. Two models are available – the basic SS-W100 (with three tips: Nokia 2,1 mm, Motorola mini-USB, and micro-USB) and the SS-W204 (made specifically for iPods and iPhones). Both feature splash-proof and virtually indestructible flexible solar panels and lithium-polymer battery packs with intelligent charge control electronics.
The 85 g SS-W100 provides over one hour of talk time (or 50 hours of standby time) from a one-hour solar charge. The SS-W204 comes in a range of funky colours, provides 16 minutes of talk time, and weighs 65 g. The batteries in both models can also be charged via a USB port, a vehicle’s 12 V auxiliary socket or a wall charger. Expect to pay about R400 for the SS-W100 and R800 for the SS-W204. Contact distributors DCS on 011-466 5099 or visit www.dcs.co.za