Saturday, March 04, 2006

Tech Link (Gadget): "Roll-up" Power Source, Brunton*'s SolarRolls™

This is yet another cool innovation, geared for the geeks in all of us. Brunton*'s SolarRolls™ is a flexible waterproof solar panel. This kind of product enable events and actions which aren't normally easily doable, an easy task. For example, as Brunton* puts it, "he waterproof SolarRoll has given sea kayakers the power to photograph their voyages from the far reaches of the planet".

There "lowest" models of the said product is a SolarRoll 4.5, priced at just $169, with 12” x 22” panel when it’s open, can output 4.5 watts, 15.4 Volts/300mA which should be enough to power small electronics like mobile phones and PDAs. The "top-of-the-line" is the SolarRoll 14, priced at $399, which weighs 17oz, is 12” x 22” panel when it’s open, and can deliver 14 watts (15.4 Volts / 900 mA) which should be powerful to charge even your laptop.

Brunton* also made a "midrange" model, called SolarRoll 9, can deliver 9 watts (15.4 Volts / 600 mA), selling for $279 and has a dimension of 12"x40" when open. What makes it even greater is the fact that if one is not enough, it can be daisy-chained to boost up the power output!!! How about two(2) of that SolarRoll 14 to ensure continous supply of wireless gaming outside the park with your Intel® Centrino®-based laptop? That would be awesome!

All of the products has the following common features:
* Amorphous solar cells for effective low-light performance
* Reverse flow protection
* Tefzel® fluoropolymer construction for extreme durability
* Waterproof
* UV transparent
* Link multiple like-units together for even more output
* Rolls and stores in convenient storage tube
* Includes vehicle outlet cable & multi-linking cable
* One-year warranty


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