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Soldius announces Soldius1 Solar Charger for iPods

imageSoldius has released its Soldius1 Universal Solar Charger for iPods. Relying on solar power to charge the iPod, the device features Maximum Solar Power Tracking, a unique combination of patented and patent-pending solar technology developed by Soldius scientists. Plug it into the iPod, put it in direct sunlight and solar energy flows into the iPod. The Soldius1 will also charge more than 250 mobile phones, and is available from the company’s website for $89.99 - $109.99.

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I think this is very cool and their claims (fully charge a cell phone in 2-3 hrs) is good, but I worry that having my ipod in the sun for hrs on end would be a bad thing. Other than that, I love the idea.

Posted by Anthony on November 9, 2005 at 10:25 AM (CST)


I’d go with the solar charger from Solio. It has a 1600mAh internal battery, so your iPod doesn’t need to bake in the sun to get charged. The solio can get charged by the sun or by the provided AC charger. And to top it off….it costs less.

Posted by rgreen on November 9, 2005 at 10:59 AM (CST)


but I worry that having my ipod in the sun for hrs on end would be a bad thing

I’m curious…just how difficult is it to cover one’s iPod from direct sunlight while this thing is in use and charging.

Just wondering…

Posted by flatline response on November 9, 2005 at 11:32 AM (CST)


Their website shows the charger attached to the rear of a backpack, the iPod (or phone) presumably being elsewhere…

Posted by Magic Rabbits on November 9, 2005 at 11:47 AM (CST)


I guess this won’t work with the 3rd generation iPods, assuming it charges via USB. Can someone confirm this?


Posted by Peter Burkimsher on November 9, 2005 at 12:18 PM (CST)



the Soldius 1 uses interchangeable device connector “tips”, so I suspect there will be a Firewire-400 “tip”, suitable with 4G iPods.

Some more details are here ...

and here ...



Posted by Tim Telcik on November 10, 2005 at 4:41 AM (CST)



typo ... I meant to say the Soldius 1 should also be suitable with 3G iPods.


Posted by Tim Telcik on November 10, 2005 at 4:59 AM (CST)


I have a Solio, and its a fine product. The battery in our devices won’t always conveniently go flat during daylight hours, so having a battery is pretty much a no brainer IMHO ;-) Same goes for phones… The extra juice makes my ipod truly a transcontinental partner too.

I get lots of questions on planes and trains when I stick my Solio on the window too - great conversation starter. Great product.

Posted by sold on solio on November 14, 2005 at 6:19 AM (CST)


I have both the Soldius and the Solio, so maybe this will help answer some questions. I was initially dissapointed in the Solio when I took it out of the box and found I had to plug it into the wall (this is a solar charger?).  I then found that the Solio took 12 hrs to charge my iPod.  The Soldius on the other hand took 3.5 hrs out of the box and didn’t need to plug into the wall.  Who needs the internal battery of the Solio when you can just charge your iPod and keep the juice in there where you want it?  Go with the Soldius.

Posted by iPod geek Boy on December 13, 2005 at 5:03 PM (CST)


thank you very much iPod geek Boy, been waiting for an impartial judge of the two devices…. reviews seem to be lacking (hint iLounge! I know it’s winter and your busy but some of us are about to go jungle trekking and can’t wait for an unbiased opinion!)

Posted by scorpionsting on December 21, 2005 at 12:46 AM (CST)


I just bought a Soldius1 with the iPod tip.  Plugged it in out in the sun for 3 hours.  It discharged my iPod Classic!  Started with about 75% charge and gave up when it was down below 50%. What am I doing wrong?  Its not like there is any set up, just plug it in.

Posted by mark on May 11, 2009 at 1:32 PM (CDT)

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