There was a time not long ago that solar chargers looked about as portable as thethat came out when Duran Duran was touring the first time around--which kind of , considering that these were meant to go with mobile phones and other handheld devices. Today, however, some of them are small enough to use as a or even a .
Yet power capacities of many tiny chargers remain an issue (not to mention that they often come from generic brands of dubious origin). So U.K.-based Solar Technology has tried to split the difference by developing a new charger that's a little larger than an iPhone but claims to provide up to 44 hours of juice for a mobile phone, 22 hours for a PDA, 18 hours for an iPod, and 2.5 hours for a PSP. The "Freeloader 8.0" comes with 11 adapters, but you'll have to check to see if your devices are on the list. And don't worry, the most urgent question is addressed: Yes, it's available in hot pink.