The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Power Your iPod With Solar Power

TMO at MWSF - Power Your iPod With Solar Power

by , 12:45 PM EST, January 10th, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Better Energy Systems announced Monday Solio, a solar power charging solution for iPods and other portable devices. Consisting of a collapsible array of three solar panels that fits in your pocket, the device connects to your iPod with a cable (see image below). The company said it will be introducing the products at this week's Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

"The concept of taking free energy from the sun to power your iPod simply makes sense, whether one intends to spend a long weekend at the beach or simply requires mobile power for that long commute, with Solio you are free to keep your iPod playing or your cell phone charged," said Better Energy Systems' CEO Christopher Hornor in a statement.

Solio weighs 5.8 ounces, is weatherproof, and Better Energy Systems describes it as the size of an average cell phone. Included are adapters to allow Solio to be used with portable devices other than the iPod.

The device uses an internal battery, which powers your portable device, and the solar panels directly charge that battery. It also comes with a power adapter so that it can be plugged directly into a wall socket for charging when there is no sunlight.


Solio, from Better Energy Systems

Solio is priced at US$119, and is available through the company's Web site. Better Energy System said it will be moving the product through US retail channels "soon."

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated May 29th

Mon, 8:00 AM
Enjoy Your Memorial Day
Sun, 11:36 AM
Secure Document Syncing, Splitting Audio & More – Mac Geek Gab 659
Sun, 5:30 AM
Get Free Bitcoins from 23 Faucets That Pay
Fri, 6:39 PM
Apple Could Own Device-Centric AI with Custom Chip
Fri, 5:03 PM
Here’s What Kik Users Need to Know About Kin Cryptocurrency
Fri, 4:48 PM
Sid Meier's Railroads for Mac Hits Steam Platform
Fri, 4:19 PM
The Touchbar MacBook Pro is a Disposable Embarrassment
Fri, 3:50 PM
The 5 Best PC Motherboards for Creating a Hackintosh
Fri, 3:42 PM
Leaked Memo Pegs iPhone 8 Launch After September 17
Fri, 2:15 PM
Apple Music Is Turning Apple into a Media Giant
Fri, 1:37 PM
Apple Watch Tops Heart Rate Monitor Study, Adam Curry's Podcaster Pro - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-26
Fri, 11:21 AM
Adam Curry's Podcaster Pro Aims to be All-in-One Podcasting Solution
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!