Keeping your cell phone or portable entertainment device charged all the time can be a hassle, especially if you have to constantly look for a wall socket to plug in a charger. And if you're out in the middle of nowhere, then you can forget about that. Solar chargers can be a way to get around that constraint, provided you live in an area with plenty of sunlight. One such device is the iTech SolarCharger 906. It's easy to use, but you do need to plug it into a wall socket every once in a while for it to be useful. The iTech SolarCharger 906 retails for around $60.
The SolarCharger 906 is a simple rectangular slab. Measuring 4.13 inches long by 2.52 inches wide by 0.59 inch thick and weighing around 3.53 ounces, the device is quite a bit smaller and lighter than other solar chargers we've tried, like the. Of course, the entire front surface of the device is a big photovoltaic cell that is designed to convert rays from the sun into battery power.
Behind the charger are LED indicators for the battery status and the charging status. There are four LEDs for the battery status; when all four light up, the SolarCharger 906 is fully charged. The charging status LED flashes red when the device is solar charging, and is solid red when it's charging via USB. There's also a button on the back of the device that, when pressed, will show you the current battery status.