Solar battery chargers are an easy way to integrate solar energy into your lifestyle. Most people today have a least one or two mobile devices. And most mobile devices (like cell phones, PDAs, iPods GPS devices and digital cameras) use rechargeable batteries. So why tie your mobile device to the grid when you can use solar power instead?
Using solar battery chargers is not only environmentally sound, it's convenient too. Are you traveling to Europe or the South Pacific? You won't need electrical power adapters to keep your cell phone charged. Do you do a lot of local travel, often spending the whole day in your car doing "road warrior" fieldwork or chauffeuring the kids from school to the dentist to sports practice? Portable solar panels can keep all of your mobile gadgets fully charged (laptop, game players, camcorder and Mp3 players).
But solar battery chargers are not just for mobile gadgets. You can convert any of your household tools and equipment that use alkaline batteries to rechargeable NIMH or NiCd batteries. Flashlights, battery-powered toys, portable kitchen appliances or portable home office equipment use AA, AAA, C, D or 9 V batteries which can add up to a lot of expense and potential pollution over the course of a year. By investing in a few sets of rechargeable batteries and a universal solar battery charger, you'll save the ongoing cost of all of those replacement alkaline batteries and reduce your impact on the environment as well.
An inexpensive suitcase-style battery charger will cost less than $50 and will charge four batteries within a couple of days in full sun. Rotate the depleted batteries in and the freshly charged ones out as needed. If you need quicker recharging times, more expensive solar battery chargers can power up batteries in as little as 4 hours. But no matter which price range you choose, you can easily start using solar power to break free from the grid.