Scosche solBat II Offers Solar Charging via USB

Peripheral and accessory maker Scosche Industries is now offering the solBat II, the latest version of its USB charger for iPods, iPhones, and other USB devices that combines a 1500mA lithium-ion battery with a solar cell charger: the idea is that the battery can charge USB devices as fast as a wall wart, then users can recharge the solBat II “greenly” in the sun for the next recharge, perhaps by plopping it inside a car windshield or dangling it from a backpack. The solar capability makes the solBat II a reasonable charging solution in situations that take folks away from wall power and batteries—at least, so long as there’s sun. Plus, it’s eco-friendly!

Scosche solBat II

“The solBAT II is a great way to charge your devices using the free, renewable power of the sun,” said Scosche executive VP Kas Alves, in a statement. “It is the perfect accessory for powering outdoor adventures or can keep your iPhone topped off while you watch your favorite movie on a long flight.”

When fully charged, the solBat II will charge a typical cell phone two times and can be used with most devices that charge via USB including iPhones, iPods, BlackBerrys, PSPs, and the like. The solBat II comes with a windshield mount and a universal carabineer mount so users can charge its battery in a vehicle or by lashing it onto a backpack or other item.

The solBat II is available now for $29.99.

Scosche solBat II