Solar-powered chargers make me feel like I'm doing something nice for the Earth. Too bad I never use the damn things because positioning them for optimal Sun-catching is a pain in the ass. The Ray solar charger's suction cup action solves that problem.
It only took few years and a few fascinating if controversial breakthroughs in solar power. Now, thanks to designer Vivien Muller, you can finally have a decorative-houseplant-cum-solar charger for your iPhone right on your desk. Just give it plenty of light.
Whether I'm under a car, riding at night or digging around in my closet, it helps to see what I'm doing and be able to use my hands. The Blackburn Flea tries to beat the Mag-Light-in-the-mouth technique.
January has come! And gone. And with it, a lot of broken New Year's Resolutions. But also, new additions to our wonderful list of favorite gadgets. Check out the full roster of Bestmodo's newest inductees below.
Put that teal spandex one-piece back on the rack because we're running down the latest in style and safety this holiday for bike couriers, wannabes, and anyone else who's gotta ride in The City.
Like a deluxe version of the DIY MintyBoost AA charger, here's a DIY that explains how to assemble a USB charger that is not only rechargeable—with a Lithium Polymer battery—but also solar powered.
The SOLiCharger is solar-chargeable lithium ion pack for your iPhone that can fill to capacity in four hours of sunlight.
Energizer's Solar Recharger looks, at first glance, like a confused device. Is it an iPod battery extender? AA charger? Solar adapter? Well, it's all of these things, which is why it's awesome.
Great concept from designer Vivien Muller for a modular, Lego-like little bonsai tree with 54 mini photovoltaic panels as leaves to soak up juice from the sun and charge your gadgets. Adapters get tucked away beneath a nice little tray, and your gadgets lay on top, basking in the shade. Vivien can you make this,…
This mashup from Brando takes some of Thanko's electric vampire universal charger idea and the "survival" solar charger and mixes them into one multi-purpose device. Its adjustable contact teeth mean its jaw can grab onto and charge a wide range of batteries, it's got a set of adaptors to suit different cellphones and…
I love this weird combo, multi-tool gadget: it's a mashup between the Solar Phone Charger and the great 5-in-1 Pen. It's got a solar cell to top up your gadgets with juice (USB connector, or cellphone adaptors), a UV note-checker, LED flashlight and, best of all, an FM radio. Why not an MP3 player? Where's the tool…
Strap-Ya has accomplished what we thought was impossible; they've created a useful cellphone charm: a small solar cell that retains energy for when your handset is out of juice. Simply clip it in, and it will give you the vital power boost in your second of need. If the sun is playing away from home, the solar charger…