Portable power pack

By   |  January 31, 2008

Those of us living in South Africa are now facing the reality of rolling electricity blackouts for, at the very least, the rest of this year and possibly even longer than that. If you have a laptop and 3G connection then two or three hours a day without electricity is not unmanageable. Add the Flexopower SolarPouch to your backpack and your cellphone, iPod, PSP, GPS and music player are also covered for unexpected downtime.

The SolarPouch weighs in at around 125g and has three built-in solar panels and a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery which is used to store the power grabbed from the sun. Even if you don’t need to charge a device immediately you can leave the SolarPouch in the sun and recharge the battery for later when you do need to top up your phone.

Most small devices can be connected to either the 6V port or to the 5V USB 2.0 port. The SolarPouch ships with connectors for most popular phones, including Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Lg and sonyEricsson. The built-in battery also has the USB 2.0 port for devices that can be charged from USB.

Three to four hours of sun is enough to charge the internal battery for later use and a flat cellphone battery can be topped up in just over an hour.

At R999 the SolarPouch is also a great addition to your hiking kit or sports bag for when you’re well out of range of a plug point.

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