Compact Portable Power Dock Soaks Up the Sun

At one time a toothbrush was your only travel necessity, but these days a backup battery is just as important. And A-Solar has managed to keep their new Power Dock remarkably small and travel-friendly, while still incorporating a solar panel.

With a 6,000 mAh rechargeable battery it packs enough power to completely charge a couple of mobile devices. But it also provides enough juice to even charge the iPad, though, only to about 60% of its full capacity.

A USB port on the back lets you charge its built-in battery from an outlet, when available, or connect it to a computer allowing you to sync your docked device to iTunes. And, even though it has a small footprint, it can also dock and support the larger iPad without toppling over.

For those times when you're away from a power source, just flip over the $106 travel dock to reveal a compact solar panel that's promised to harness the sun's rays even on a cloudy day. Just keep in mind that when it comes to solar power, patience is certainly a virtue. [A-solar via Chip Chick]