"Practical, efficient, inexpensive"5.0 starson by TianaBTM
Pros: Portable and light;
Comes with 5 bundled adapters and a carry-pouch;
LED charging indicator;
Very effective for personal phone-size electronic items (phones, PDAs, portable GPS, mp3s, cameras);
Sturdy & simple;
Great value at under $30.00
Cons: May need adapter for iPods/ i Phones. Only 5 adapters come bundled, they have 30 more available on the company website; Voltage output is fixed at 5.5V.
Summary: This i101 charger from IceTech has two ways to power up the portable electronics:
via the solar panel in the day time and from the built-in Li-Ion battery any time you need it.
It does work as a reliable back-up power source. You can charge the i101 from the Sun and use it to power up your phone later.
Solar charging time for i101 varies depending on the Sun position above the horizon and the window direction in your house, but generally keeping it near the window in the day-time keeps the internal i101 Lithium battery fully charged. During my several tests it powered from 0 to 100% in about 5-8 hours.
Built-in 1250mAh battery - is enough to charge a PDA phone on one charge. Most of portable electronic devices will get a full battery from i101 in about the same time it takes you to power them up from the AC.
Bundled adapters will work for many of the Samsung, Motorola, SonyEricsson phones. Also it comes with USB and miniUSB tips that will cover a vast majority of other devices. Apple gadgets however will need special adapters. These are available along with about 30 other adapter tips on the IceTech's website.
Manufacturing company is located in FL and they do provide tech support and 1 year warranty for this device. Although there is no phone support - I could get an answer to my issues via email in a couple days every time I had a question.
I like i101 because even though being "green and cool" it is not positioned as a "luxury tech" by the company - its made affordable for anyone at under $30. And it really performs well, it is quite sturdy and easily survives drops, sand, dust and a reasonable amount of moisture.
My vote goes for i101.