A foldable solar USB charger for power on the fly

iLAND FLY solar USB charger
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Portable electronic gadgets are in everyone's pockets these days, from phones to MP3 players to video games to e-readers, and while they can be incredibly useful while their batteries are full, if you plan on using one for long periods, you'll need to have a plan for recharging it while you're on the move. That means carrying a standard charger (and staying near an outlet), toting along a backup battery (if your device has a removable battery), or packing another charging device with you, such as this foldable solar USB charger.

The iLAND FLY is a flexible and portable charging device capable of powering up a variety of devices, from phones to cameras, that is said to be water-, dust-, and shock-resistant. Weighing in at just over a third of a pound, and measuring 9.25" x 3.74" when folded, it's considered to be pocket-sized (although I'm curious who has pockets that are nine inches long).

The charger unfolds to 16.25 inches by 9.25 inches, and includes a hanging system so that the 2.6W glass-free solar panel can be deployed in the sun, which then sends power to the 2100mAh battery pack (charges in about three hours, depending on the situation).

This Swiss-made device is claimed to be built to military grade specs, the solar cells are said to be "Shadow Tolerant" (even charging in low-light conditions), and the solar performance is said to not be affected by temperature.

Regularly priced at about $150, a holiday promotion from iLAND is offering the FLY for $100, which may make this a worthy gift for the gadgeteer in your life.

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