Not many solar powered Mobile Phones around.

Not many solar powered Mobile Phones around.

Posted on 05. Jul, 2010 by in innovation, mishmash, odd stuff

To my surprise there are very few solar powered mobile phones in the market place, and even fewer that I would like to own.

Samsungs’s contribution, the nice looking Blue Earth S7550 is designed to symbolize a flat and well rounded shiny pebble, made from recycled plastic called PCM, which is extracted from water bottles, helping to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions in the manufacturing process. The whole thing, including charger, is free from nasties such as Brominated Flame Retardants, Beryllium and Phthalate.

A full solar charge of around 10 to 14 hours will be enough to power Blue Earth for around four hours of talk time

LG and Sharp have yet to launch I believe, with Sharp naming theirs the catchy Solar Hybrid 936SH. LG have yet to name their phone yet.

LG claims that 10mins of direct sun provides enough charge for a 3mins chat, while Sharp say 10mins will provide 1min of chat or 2 hours on standby. Making the yet to be named LG phone the obvious winner of this pairing.

Then a Chinese manufacturer is making Jamaica’s Digicel the world’s first mass-market solar cellphone, selling to a captured markets in China and 3rd world countries with “limited or no access to the power grid.” This boxy effort will probably outsell all the other phones put together, probably because of its low cost of as little as $40 (£28/€32).

With the Coral-200, 1hr spend soaking up the sun results in 15 minutes of chat

Enter Sagem Wireless with its partner Puma. According to Puma, the cell is able to keep the phone going for 90 minutes after just 60 mins in the sun. The phone also has pretty impressive battery life for a smartphone, with 340 hours standby time and five hours of talk time. This phone along with Blue Earth are the nicest looking in my opinion but both will probably cost around $500 (£320/€400) without a contract.

For sheer convenience and purpose the Coral-200 wins hands down, marketed for use in countries where continuity of regular power is problematic if available at all, this phone while the ugliest of the bunch wins on price alone.

Personally, I don’t know about you but during the day when I use my phone, I put it in my dark deep pocket and never leave it out on a table or window ledge. An almost certain way to lose your phone if you ask me!

What I want is a book size solar energy pack that I can leave on the window sill, soaking up the rays and when I get in of a night I can plug into my phone into it to recharge the battery.

So summing up, Solar Powered Mobile Phones a good idea and great for certain parts of the world, but a niche market that doesn’t include me.

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2 Responses to “Not many solar powered Mobile Phones around.”

  1. Solar Battery Chargers

    04. Aug, 2010

    Once you have bought your solar product there is no ongoing cost. For example if you bought a solar battery charger after the initial cost you will have free electricity. No more bills.

    Solar cells generate no emissions. Most energy is produced around the world by burning coal in big power stations. We all know the negative effect this is having on our environment.

  2. Solar Battery Chargers

    31. Aug, 2010

    I really enjoyed your article. Please could you expand on the main points in the last paragraph of your article?

    GP: What I want is a Solar charger that sends it’s accumulated charge to a storage device… obviously charging during the daylight hours when I’m out… Then when I come in at night, after a heady day of social life, I plug my phone in to the storage device and it recharges my phone from the stored electricity generated by the sun that day. all in a nice book size package… it could also re charge, ipods or any other hand held device. Of course during the day we could just plug into the solar panel. … I like most people recharge my phone when I’m asleep…hope this explains a bit more …. If you build it, they will come.

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