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On May 14, 2013
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Compact solar chargers for mobile devices become more popular. There are several attractively designed and priced models produced by various companies available on the market.

Compact solar chargers market

Compact solar charggers

ReVIVE Solar ReStore XL

Analysts predict the growth of the market of compact solar chargers capable to charge smartphones and other mobile devices using solar power.

Modern mobile devices require more and more power and therefore more capable batteries.  From other hand customers would like to have their mobile devices running at anytime and anywhere regardless of availability of a power outlet.

Solar powered chargers were not widely presented on the market due to the various reasons such as high price, inconvenient form factors and limited functionality.  More over charging of such devices took long time.

The situation has changed drastically in a few years.  There are a lot of new solar chargers appeared in the market and the price on the wise majority of them has been dropped below $100. Here are some of the most notable of them.

Popular Compact Solar Chargers

ReVIVE Solar by Accessory Power

The Solar ReStore XL uses a high-efficiency solar panel with a 300mA charging rate in direct sunlight, allowing it to absorb enough energy to charge most phones after only 4-6 hrs!.  The Li-polymer battery pack stores emergency power for weeks without degradation. The battery pack could be charged using solar panel as well as through USB cable. This compact solar charger is built with tough, eco-friendly ABS plastic & rear aluminium-accented shell.

EnerPlex solar charger and protector for iPhone by AssentSolar

EnerPlex - Compact Solar Charger for iPhone

EnerPlex - iPhoneSolarCharger

Solar Joos Orange Portable Solar Charger

Solar Joos Orange Portable Solar Charger

Ascent Solar offers solar charger EnerPlex as a protective cover for the iPhone.  The charger surface is covered by thin photovoltaic solar inverters effectively absorbing solar energy.

Joos Orange solar panel by Solar Components

Solar Components  is  another manufacturer of compact solar chargers.  The company produce Joos Orange solar panel with built-in lithium-polymer 5400 mAh battery.

The Solar Pad by IXYS

A couple of weeks ago, IXYS Corporation introduced   The Solar Pad with solar cells and a battery with capacity of 6000 mAh  capable to charge two devices at once.

Demand on compact solar chargers

Goal Zero  Compact solar charger

Goal Zero 12301 Nomad 7M Solar Panel

Demand on compact solar chargers is growing. For example, Goal Zero producer of ultra-compact rechargeable batteries expects its 2013 revenues doubled up to $60 million. In turn, Ascent Solar has recently announced that their sales are booming after Fry’s – the largest in the California chain of electronics stores – has made a large order for EnerPlex.

Compact solar chargers for mobile devices become more popular. There are several attractively designed and priced models produced by various companies available on the market.