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iPod or iPhone in the wild

Recharging your electronic device while you are trekking can be done with either a battery source or solar power. Below is a range of products that may prove useful.

You might also be looking for rechargeable compact speakers. Please send links to more resources.

AAA Battery charger from Global Merchants.

This battery charger does not only charge your 2 AAA size rechargeable batteries, it is also a 3.5 volts power-pack. Generating a generous 40 mA, this power pack can power a numebr of gadgets. You can use it as to charge your battery while you use it as power supply to power your walkman radio. It has an LED and a CIRCUIT TEST button to determine if the available light is strong enough to charge your battery. It also has a belt clip for your convenience. It is a perfect companion for outdoor enthusiasts or those simply interested in cutting energy costs. It utilizes free sunlight to recharge your AAA Nicad batteries.

Altec Lansing iM -237

Altec Lansing Orbit-M portable speaker
Ideal for mobile phones, iPods and MP3 players
Easily connects to portable CD players, MP3 players, music-enabled phones, laptops and other audio devices, including iPod and iPhone
Rugged design
Long battery life - plays for up to 24 hours on 3 AAA batteries
Integrated cord storage - wrap-around design protects cord and connector
On/Off button and battery life indicator
Dimensions: (Diameter) 9cm x (H) 4.7cm

Ecochi's Design 09 ipod charing unit

Ecochi's Design 09 is a compact external solar charging system in an aluminium housing.  To charge simply attach the two solar panels to the battery, set in the sun, and let the power of the sun do the rest. When finished the solar panels attach together to protect them from damage. Leaving only the slim and compact battery pack to charge your portable electronics. The charging time in sunlight is about 8-10 hours, USB power in 2-3 hours.

External charging source for PDAs, MP3/MP4 Players, and more!

Charges using the sun or USB connector
I-Pod (TOUCH) connector, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola cells phone connectors
Charge and discharge indicators
Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack
2 detachable solar panels

Solar Panel: 5.5V 120mAh
USB Charging Cable: 5V 500mAhLi-Ion Rechargeable Battery: 3.7V 1000mAh
Output volt/current: 5.5V 500mAh
Battery Dimensions: 2.27 x 2.43 x 0.67 in. (120mm x 62mm x 17mm)
Dimensions with two solar panels: 7.4 x 2.43 x 0.67 in.

Solar battery charger for iPod, iPhone.

Material: ABS / Solar Panel
Battery Capacity: 800mAh rechargeable li-ion battery
Power Input: 5v 500 mAh
Power Output: 5v 500 mAh
Onboard Buttons: Power ON/OFF
Onboard Indicators: 4 Blue LED's, for Power Indication
Certification: CE, FCC, RoHS
Dimensions: L:50 x W:62 x D:11 (mm)

This version weighs only 40g

Battery: Lithium
Capacity: 500mAh
Input: 5V 0.8A
Output: 5V 0.5A
Charge time: Around 40 Minutes

Weight 220g from ebay seller in China for a a bit more that $20 AUD. Includes a Li battery inside

1) Solar panel: 0.7W
2) AC input: AC100V-240V
3) DC output: DC5.5V
4) Max output current: DC800mA
5) Li-ion battery: 2600mAh
6) Weight: 120g
7) Size: 120mm x 73mm x 10mm

Brunton Restore. Brunton make a range of mobile solar panels.

Water resistant
Durable rubberized shell
Internal rechargeable lithium polymer
Power gauge and auto shut-off
Solar Panel: Two (2) 100 mA polycrystalline
Battery Storage: 2,200 mAh battery.
Output: 1,000 mA / 5V (USB 2.0 compatible)
Dimensions: 3" x 5.75" x 1.13"
Weight: 7.2 oz
Mini-USB output with option to purchase adapters for all other handheld electronics
Charges from solar panel, computer USB or from included DC adapter

Brunton solar rolls

Brunton Solar Rolls

Features Flexible Solar Panels, Amorphous solar cells for effective low-light performance
Reverse flow protection , Waterproof , Link multiple like-units together for even more output
Rolls and stores in convenient storage tube, Includes vehicle outlet cable & multi-linking cable
SolarRoll 14

12"x57" open
17 oz
Max output: 14 watts (15.4 Volts / 900 mA)
Perfect for running satellite phones and charging laptops
SolarRoll 9

12"x40" open
10.6 oz
Max output: 9 watts (15.4 Volts / 600 mA)
Ideal for running cell phones and charging digital and video cameras
SolarRoll 4.5

12"x22" open
6.4 oz
Max output: 4.5 watts (15.4 Volts / 300 mA)
Designed for charging small electronics like cell phones and PDA

Cygnett Groove Tune Cygnett Groove Tune

Ultra-portable - play your iPod music out loud at home, a party, BBQ or beach
Powerful sound & compact size
Circular design delivers sound 360°
Built-in 3.5mm audio cable with wrap-around cable storage
Wrist lanyard
Works with most iPod models, MP3 players & line-out devices
Battery operated - 3 x AAA batteries
Plays up to 5-6 hours of music

Divoom iTour 10 pocket speaker

Divoom iTour 10 pocket speaker.

52  52 mm extended. Compresses to 37 mm high when closed.

1.8 w

recharageable battery.

MBeat solar panel


Solar panel (Mono or Multi-crystalline):5.5V/120mA
Li-ion rechargeable Battery : 3.7V/1000mAh
Output voltage: 5.5V/500mA
USB charging: 5V/500mA
Super long standy time with current consume <150uA
Charging time (Approx.):
a.) Mobile phone : 1-2 hours
b.) Charging battery: 8-10 hours (under strong sunlight conditions) 3-4 hours charging through USB cable
LED indication: Charging and discharging LED display
Protection: Reverse current protection circuit integrated to prevent batteries from being discharged
Constant volt output: 4.2 V
Dimension (folded status): 120x62x17mm

High output panel

High Solar energy convert efficiency: over 15%
Solar Energy board: 4 - 5.9V
High capacity built in polymer battery: 2000mAH
Rated Solar Power: 3W
Supports 2 USB output
Can choose the suitable voltage for your mobile equipment requirements!
When set the outlet switch ON/ OFF to ON, lights 1 & 2 will illuminate red. Once the storage battery runs out, the lights will be off.
-Compatible with Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson & Nokia Cell phones
-Compatible with iPod 3G/ 4G/ Photo/ Mini/ Nano/ 5G (Video), PSP & NDS Lite!
Package Includes

1 x Solar Battery Charger
1 x Car Cigarette Hole Power Converter
1 x AC Charger for recharge the solar panel battery
1 x USB Charge Cable
1 x iPod Charger Converter
1 x PSP USB Charger Cable
1 x NDS Lite USB Charger Cable

iPad and MacBook portable solar charger

Solar Gorilla for larger devices such as iPad, note book computer.

solargorilla features:
- tough, rubberised casing
- portable, fold-up design protects your solar panels when stored
- water resistant design
- slot to allow solargorilla to be suspended on vehicle or tent for outdoor use
- 20V power socket out and standard 5v USB socket from each 500mAh output.
- green LED charging indicator
- dimensions: 264 x 200 x 19mm
- weight: 820g

Each kit contains:
- 1 x solargorilla
- 8 x male laptop connectors, 9 mobile phone connectors
- 1 x female USB charging tip for smart phones, PDAs and other USB powered devices

To use with Macbook, Macbook Air and Macbook Pro you will need an Apple MagSafe airline adaptor and one of our universal car charger sockets


Compact mini speaker is 5.2 cm (2.05 inches) in diameter, it can travel with you anywhere

Compatible with most devices that may utilize headphones

With 1.4 subwoofer, the vacuum base offers deep and rich sound with HI-FI result

Built in, rechargeable lithium battery. Each charge can last 6 - 8 hours

Magnetic shielding allows for placement next to computer monitors without causing interference

Standard 3.5mm audio plug, apply with all music player and digital products

Embedded type lithium batteries, can use USB or power adapter for charging.


* Power output: 2.2W

* SNR = 89db

* Speakers: D36mm

* Lithium ion battery input: DC5V

* Dimension: D(52mm) * H(~64.5mm)

Mini external loudspeaker for your ipod.

100% new high quality (non-OEM) Mini Portable Dock Plug Speaker For Apple iPod.
Size: 6cm x 2cm x 1.5cm (L x W x H)
Mini & Portable stereo speaker ,easy to insert and remove.
Plug and Play, no installation.
Electronic volume control buttons No external battery required, ideal for travel
High quality stereo sound output, share your music or movie anytime as you wish!
Compatible with iPod Nano, iPod photo, iPod Classic, iPod Touch, iPod Video.

iMaingo ipod speaker iMaingo

•Custom fits and protects all iPods®(except Shuffle®), iPhone®, iPod touch®, and Zune®
•Play, control, and view your MP3 player without opening your iMainGo2®
•State-of-the-art electronics deliver bigger and better sound than systems many times the price and size
•Premium titanium high output stereo speakers
•Tuned porting for amazing bass reproduction
•Ultra-efficient digital music amplifier
•Battery life up to 30 hours
•Can be used as a premium external stereo speaker system for most MP3s, cell phones, laptops, portable gaming systems, electric guitars, etc
•Includes 4 AAA Energizer® alkaline batteries and removable carry strap

Soldius 1

Small and light, will fit into your pocket
Universal to most electronic devices
Proven enviromental friendly
Dimensions: 135x80x10mm
Weight: 85 grams
Internal Battery: NO
Rated output direct sunlight: 5.6 V- 320mA
Charging time direct sunlight: 2-3 hours
MSPT® inside

Solar battery charger for portable electronics with built-in speaker
Place devices inside the durable and protective black case for charging
Includes 10 connectors for most popular brand cell phones and portable electronics, including iPods, iPhones, MP3 players, PDAs
Charge the internal battery by USB for use now, then recharge by solar power for use later
Primary Function: Portable solar battery charger for portable electronics with speaker
Photocell Spec: 5.5V / 70mA
Max Output Voltage: 5.5V
Max Output Current: 500mA
Speaker Output: 0.5W
Connectors: 10 - Connector Types: Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, iPod/iPhone, PSP
Capacity: 1000mAH
Time to Fully Charge: 3-5 hours USB, 15-20 hours solar
Dimensions: 150mm x 105mm x 45mm (L x W x D)

Product Notes:

Long service life, uses high-performance polycrystalline silicon solar panels
Easy to use - just place the solar panel under direct sunlight
On a full charge, will add 60-90 minutes of usage to mobile phone
Great for business travel, tourism, mountain climbing, camping, etc