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  1. Solio Rocsta-i Battery Pack + Solarbility (Thumb)

    Solio Rocsta-i Battery Pack + Solarbility

    Regular Price: $39.99

    $39.99 $16.95

    The sun: undeniably the greatest of all orbs, that hot ball of light in the sky is a pretty pivotal part of human existence. Sure, its rays sometimes burn some of us, and droughts are verifiably un-fun, but when that thing inevitably explodes, you're going to miss it—trust me. Despite the incredible power of the sun, however, its energy is severely underutilized by us humans. Grab some of the ambient power with the Solio Rocsta-i Battery Pack + Solarbility charger and battery pack! This rad accessory charges a wide variety of mobile devices with—you guessed it—solar energy! Featuring 800 mAh of capacity (translating to roughly 6.5 hours of talk time), this device is perfect for campers, backpackers, earth-lovers, or jet-setters among us.

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  2. Solio Rocsta-i Battery Pack + Solarbility (Main View)

    Solio Rocsta-i Battery Pack + Solarbility (Bulk)

    Regular Price: $39.99

    $39.99 $13.95

    The sun: undeniably the greatest of all orbs, that hot ball of light in the sky is a pretty pivotal part of human existence. Sure, its rays sometimes burn some of us, and droughts are verifiably un-fun, but when that thing inevitably explodes, you're going to miss it—trust me. Despite the incredible power of the sun, however, its energy is severely underutilized by us humans. Grab some of the ambient power with the Solio Rocsta-i Battery Pack + Solarbility charger and battery pack! This rad accessory charges a wide variety of mobile devices with—you guessed it—solar energy! Featuring 800 mAh of capacity (translating to roughly 6.5 hours of talk time), this device is perfect for campers, backpackers, earth-lovers, or jet-setters among us.

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  3. Solio Mono-i Battery Pack & Solarbility Hybrid Solar Charger (Thumb)

    Solio Mono-i Battery Pack & Solarbility Hybrid Solar Charger (Refurbished)

    Regular Price: $39.95

    $39.95 $9.95

    With the Solio Mono-i Battery Pack & Solarbility Hybrid Solar Charger, you can charge your electronic device anytime, anywhere. The BOLT charger can be charged via the sun, a USB port or a wall outlet, so the convenience is truly unparalleled. It's simple to use, too! Just connect it to your device using your device's USB cable and it will begin charging, so you're never left stranded with a dead battery. USB adapter (for microUSB, miniUSB, Apple 30-pin, Samsung ports) sold separately.

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  4. Solio Mono-i Battery Pack & Solarbility Hybrid Solar Charger (Thumb)

    Solio Mono-i Battery Pack & Solarbility Hybrid Solar Charger (Bulk)

    Regular Price: $39.95

    $39.95 $14.95

    With the Solio Mono-i Battery Pack & Solarbility Hybrid Solar Charger, you can charge your electronic device anytime, anywhere. The BOLT charger can be charged via the sun, a USB port or a wall outlet, so the convenience is truly unparalleled. It's simple to use, too! Just connect it to your device using your device's USB cable and it will begin charging, so you're never left stranded with a dead battery. USB adapter (for microUSB, miniUSB, Apple 30-pin, Samsung ports) sold separately.

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  5. Solio BOLT Solar Charger & Battery Back Up (Main View)

    Solio BOLT Solar Charger & Battery Back Up

    Regular Price: $69.99

    $69.99 $54.95

    With the Solio BOLT Solar Charger & Battery Back Up, you can charge your electronic device anytime, anywhere. The BOLT charger can be charged via the sun, a USB port or a wall outlet, allowing you to choose the method that is most convenient for you. It's simple to use, too! Just connect it to your device using your device's USB cable and it will begin charging, so you're never left stranded with a dead battery. The Solio BOLT Solar Charger & Battery Back Up can hold a charge for up to a year and will deliver two complete charges to most smartphones.

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  6. Enercell Wireless Charging Pad (Thumb)

    Enercell Wireless Charging Pad (Bulk)

    Regular Price: $29.99

    $29.99 $8.95

    Simplify the way you charge your devices with the Enercell Wireless Charging Pad. The charging pad efficiently charges multiple mobile devices simultaneously, reducing clutter. Simply place your cellular device in a compatible skin or attach a power disk (both sold seperately) and place it on the Enercell Wireless Charging Pad to charge it. The Enercell Wireless Charging Pad is compatible with an array of phones by Apple, BlackBerry, HTC and more.

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  7. Enercell iPhone 4 Wireless Charging Skin - Silver / Black (Thumb)

    Enercell iPhone 4 Wireless Charging Skin - Silver / Black

    Regular Price: $14.99

    $14.99 $5.95

    Charge your Apple iPhone without the hassle of cables and tangled wires with the Enercell iPhone 4 Wireless Charging Skin. When used with the Enercell Wireless Charging Pad (sold seperately), you can charge your phone without plugging it into a charger. Simply place your phone in this case and place it on the charging pad to charge. It's that simple! The sleek, stylish shell with a soft-touch finish also protects your phone from scratches, scrapes and dents.

    Enercell wireless charging pad sold seperately

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  8. Solio Mono Emergency Hybrid Charger (Main View)

    Solio Mono Emergency Hybrid Charger

    Regular Price: $49.95

    $49.95 $19.95

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    Power up your cellular device anywhere on Earth with the Solio Mono Emergency Hybrid Charger. The Solio Hybrid Charger receives its power via the solar panel, so you can charge your phone when there's no available wall outlet, or even during a power outage. Featuring a compact, lightweight design, the Solio Mono Emergency Hybrid Charger is perfect for travel use. The internal rechargeable battery stores power for up to one year.

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  9. Solio Classic Hybrid Solar Charger (Main View)

    Solio Classic Hybrid Solar Charger

    Regular Price: $64.99

    $64.99 $39.95

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    Charge your cellular device using only the power of the sun with this OEM Solio Classic Hybrid Solar Charger. A fully charged Solio will recharge the average phone up to two times, or give you up to 15 hours of MP3 music. Solio's intelligent internal circuitry and Adapter Tip System lets you charge devices at about the same rate as their dedicated wall chargers. Solio generates free, clean, and green energy immediately. Replacing your wall and car chargers with Solio reduces your ecological footprint.

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A compatible charger is an essential device for any cell phone user. No surprise there. But less obvious are the differences between charger types and the terminology used to describe them:

Since it's introduction in the mid 1990's, USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the standard mode of connection for a host of consumer electronics, mobile phones being no exception.

Many phones manufactured in the last decade feature Mini-USB connections. Mini-USBs are approximately 3 x 7 mm in size and have recently fallen out of favor among manufacturers.

Micro-USB was introduced in 2007, and by 2009 was accepted by the vast majority of cell phone manufacturers as the standard mode of connection. Micro-USB is somewhat smaller than its mini counterpart (1.8 x 6.8 mm), and is also rated for higher transfer speeds.

A number of manufacturers have, at one point or another, developed there own unique USB connection ports and cables. In recent years, however, the vast majority have switched to some variety of universal USB connection, with Apple being the one notable exception. Apple's cables and ports feature proprietary 30-pin connections, which, in addition to providing USB connectivity, also feature HDMI and Analog Audio transfer.

A compatible charger is an essential device for any cell phone user. No surprise there. But less obvious are the differences between charger types and the terminology used to describe them. Here we'll look at the few common variations, and outline what you'll need to know when purchasing a replacement:

Charging Ports and Connections

Since it's introduction in the mid 1990's, USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the standard mode of connection for a host of consumer electronics, mobile phones being no exception. The reasoning is simple; USB allows for the transfer of both data and power, often simultaneously, so a single port will take care of all of the major transfer requirements of a phone. While plug size and shape varies, USB cables almost always feature the same receptacle:

Mini-USB

Many phones manufactured in the last decade feature Mini-USB connections. Mini-USBs are approximately 3 x 7 mm in size and have recently fallen out of favor among manufacturers.

Micro-USB

Micro-USB was introduced in 2007, and by 2009 was accepted by the vast majority of cell phone manufacturers as the standard mode of connection. Micro-USB is somewhat smaller than its mini counterpart (1.8 x 6.8 mm), and is also rated for higher transfer speeds.

Unique or Proprietary Connections

A number of manufacturers have, at one point or another, developed there own unique USB connection ports and cables. In recent years, however, the vast majority have switched to some variety of universal USB connection, with Apple being the one notable exception. Apple's cables and ports feature proprietary 30-pin connections, which, in addition to providing USB connectivity, also feature HDMI and Analog Audio transfer. If you use an Apple device (an iPhone, iPod, or iPad), you'll need a charger designed specifically for Apple products, or an Apple-specific adapter. Certain older phones from Samsung, LG, and others also feature unique connections, and will require brand-specific connectors.

Other Charging Solutions

Charging Pads

Relatively new among charging technologies are charging pads (commonly known as Powermats), which employ wireless energy transfer technology to eliminate the need for wires and efficiently charge a number of devices simultaneously. Charging pads also tend to include a mechanism that cuts off the transfer of energy once a battery has reached full capacity, so you won't need to worry about overcharging your devices.

In the next few years, charging pads will likely begin appearing in a number of automobiles, eliminating the need for conventional chargers and potentially increasing the number of devices that may be charged simultaneously. Of course, until then, standard car chargers provide a simple way charging on the go. Car chargers are available in specific and universal models, and those designed for USB charging devices often feature a removable cable, allowing for easy substitution and broad compatibility.

Portable Chargers and Charging Cases

Also relatively new are charging cases--smart cases designed with built-in battery technology to both increase the life of your phone's battery as well as prevent capacity loss from over- and under-charging. Portable chargers, too, offer a simple way of adding to your phone's life when you're travelling or simply too busy to plug it in. Typically small and lightweight, they charge through the same mechanism as your phone, and often store enough energy to more than double your phone's life.

Solar Chargers

For those who really don't want to rely on a typical electrical connection to keep their phone alive, solar chargers offer another creative charging solution. Solar chargers feature one or more small solar panels, typically attached via a dock, that collect and store energy garnered from sunlight. Solar chargers can, for this reason, provide a sustainable source of energy for those who need to stay connected on trips deep into the wilderness, or for anyone looking to save a little on energy costs.

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