Apparently I am a sucker for solar. I previously gushed and blushed over the Smart Night Light. So now here’s another solar powered As Seen on TV product that I actually like (at least in theory, I haven’t tried this myself, but if it works as promised, I could see actually using it). It is called the Solar Charger by Bell and Howell. This is a solar-powered charging device that you can use to charge your cell phone, tablet, laptop, or just about anything that requires a charge.
This appears to be useful for when you need to get something charged and don’t have access to an outlet, but you have ready access to sunlight. It can also apparently draw and store power from any indoor light source or even your computer. I’m not sure how it can draw power from indoor light. I’d like to actually test that out personally to see how that works. There’s also a plethora of adapters included to give you coverage for a variety of devices.
Bell and Howell say that it charges instantly because of something they call a high discharge rate – whatever that means. I’d be very curious if anyone has tried this product…and if so, could you please leave a review in the comments below. All we have now is their word that this will work for your iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Kindle, Nook, Tom Tom, Garmin, Jabra Bluetooth, and a lot more.
Price is $19.95, plus shipping and handling and it is not available in stores – at least not yet. They throw in a second one free, but you have to pay an additional $6.95 p&h charge. So if my math is correct, you should end up shelling out close to $35 bucks for two of these and there’s likely no option to buy just one. Thus is the way of As Seen on TV, where free isn’t actually free and you can’t buy just 1 of anything.
Still interested? GetCharger.com
Update: There’s also an upgrade to a deluxe model for $10 more. I can’t tell what you get extra with the deluxe. Any input is welcome.