The Surge: iPhone solar charger
Sounds like the title of an action film that starts with the threat of an imminent, catastrophic end to earthly existence and ends with a bunch of He-Men from the States who end up saving the earth from a solar implosion, right? Well it’s not, but it’s close!
The Surge is the first Apple-approved iPhone (3G & 3GS only at this stage) solar charger from the solar energy conscious company, NOVOTHINK. For around 70 schmakaroonies ($US) you can charge your iPhone whilst having your outdoor business lunch, walking your dog, playing tennis or gardening your patch of organic vegies in your local community garden. The best thing is that it’s durable but not bulky or ugly (you choose the colour that best defines you and your phone) and still allows you full access to the usual iPhone adages like a USB connection (in case you run out of battery after dark) and camera. Turns out, that by harnessing solar power in the seemingly smallest and simplest ways, we may not need saving by those He-Men after all.
By Nell Greco