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2/27/2014
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Solar-Powered Wearable Tech Lightens Marines' Loads

US Marines use backpack-mounted solar panels developed by the Office of Naval Research to fuel battery-powered gear in the battlefield.
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SaneIT
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3/6/2014 | 8:32:51 AM
Re: promising
I'm in the same camp, I wouldn't bet the farm on solar as the only source of power for any solution but I do think that we are getting very close to the point where a couple different alternative sources will be able to charge or power small devices reliably.  I think it is important that companies don't back themselves into a corner by choosing a single source.
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3/5/2014 | 5:34:36 PM
Re: promising
No, I don't believe just solar will be the answer to our energy needs, but a combination of all the eco-friendly sources, including kinetic energy. But the way, last year I saw a video from a Chinese guy charging his iPhone with a bike using kinetic. Pretty amazing and of course, really handy.
 
SaneIT
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3/3/2014 | 9:04:54 AM
Re: promising
Do you think solar will be the answer completely or do you think kinetic charging of small flexible batteries will be part of the answer?
mak63
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mak63,
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3/3/2014 | 12:06:58 AM
promising
The solar power is promising but there is still far from perfect - its capacity is limited.

One might think that after more than 50 years of development, the solar power will be, although far from perfect, much more useful.

Charging from small things like tablets, laptops, smartphones to cars, airplanes, trains and boats.
You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one. JL
Nor
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Nor,
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3/2/2014 | 12:44:13 AM
Solar-Powered Wearable Tech Lightens Marines' Loads
Hi 

 See available new retail equipment at Canadaian Tire suitable for portable or transportatble application. At wilderness cottage with no a.c. power, two 15 w x solar panels on cottage roof, through a small controller, tickle charge two 12V marine or deep cycle batteries. This is enough to pwer cellular handhelds or walkie talkies or recharge them as required . New improved  similar units are rated at 20 watts. There are also smaller units available. Watch for sale prices--15W units now on clerance at about $55 Can, each. A gain antenna may also cut down battery drain.

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Li Tan,
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3/1/2014 | 8:22:36 PM
Re: Solar chargers
The solar power is promising but there is still far from perfect - its capacity is limited. The small solar battery is not enough to drive even a smartphone. For the soldiers, they need to carry rather heavy solar power package in the battlefield. But I think a small solar charger would be good to have in case you do no have power socket nearby to charge your smartphone.:-)
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mak63,
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2/28/2014 | 7:37:52 PM
Re: Solar chargers
I would love a solar charged smartphone or tablet, or a laptop for that matter.
I wouldn't even mind a solar powered car either. Soon, very soon, I hope.


Did you guys realize the weight of the gear? I feel sorry for the people who needs to carry that, specially small women.
Kristin Burnham
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2/27/2014 | 8:47:38 PM
Re: Solar chargers
I'd probably use an external battery pack over a solar charger. Like Wyatt mentioned, solar chargers aren't that efficient (yet).
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2/27/2014 | 4:56:12 PM
Re: Solar chargers
I've tried a solar charger in the past, back in the day when FEMA were urging everyone to have a family emergency survival kit. It was painfully slow. The technology is definitely improving.  Hard to know what these units cost (they're still in protype), but I suspect it will be a while before the prices come down enough for consumers to consider buying one.
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2/27/2014 | 2:52:01 PM
Solar chargers
Sometimes warrior tech trickles down to road warriors. How many of you would like a solar charger for your cell phone or tablet?
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