Portable solar power for outdoor adventure

A new rugged and waterproof charger in the "Solio" line.

Better Energy Systems

Better Energy Systems wants us to rough it. Unlike its previous products , which were designed to provide solar power for small handheld devices essentially in urban use, its newest offering an "ultra-tough" hybrid charger that the company calls "the ultimate accessory for fueling outdoor adventures."

The "Solio Hybrid 1000" provides as much power as the previous "Solio Classic" but is housed in a rugged waterproof case. Its hybrid design also allows its internal lithium-ion battery to be charged by a computer through its USB connection when sunlight isn't an option.

If you're city folk like us, however, you might also want to check out the " Sunsei SolarCharger " to keep the car battery charged when winter arrives. Then you can worship the sun the way our colleague Charlie Cooper is fond of doing outside the office, as seen here .

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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