Sanyo Eneloop Solar Charger Powers USB Gadgets

Sanyo Eneloop Solar Charger Powers USB Gadgets

The Eneloop portable solar pack doesn’t look quite as cool as that Energizer charger we’ve been waiting for, but it will supply 5 volts for 2 hours when it hits Japan in August.

To juice up, you connect your USB-charging device to the included Lithium Ion booster pack, which acts as a reservoir drawing power from the panels.

Sanyo claims a full charge to the booster in good sunlight will take 3 days with one panel (¥9,000; about $US100) and half that on the two-panel version (¥14,000; about $US150). [Sanyo Japan via Akihabara News and PC World]