Soldius1 Solar Phone Charger

If this gizmo works as well as the promo blurb says, then Soldius, of the Netherlands, are on to a good thing. Applying a mysterious, unexplained technology called Maximum Solar Power Tracking (MSPT), the Soldius1 is apparently capable of charging a mobile phone in just 2 to 3 hours. This is much faster than the previously reviewed Solio. As of April '05, it was said to be compatible with a host of phones from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens, Sony Ericsson and most 3G models. Currently it appears not to handle iPods and Palms but anticipating such demand the company proffer this: "Soldius is presently involved in Solar Charging developments with leading manufacturers of Laptops/notebooks, PDA's, MP3 players, cameras and almost all other portable devices." Forgoing an internal battery, as offered in the Solio, it weighs in at mere 85 gms (3 oz). Oh, and for those curious sparkies it has an output of 6.58V- 320mA. Seems that Vodafone are field trialling it in Australia. ::Soldius