(photos: Elecom) Elecom Solar Mobile Battery | ¥tba | www.elecom.co.jp
what you see here needs little introduction, don’t they? no? well… from our favorite Japanese accessory maker Elecom, is this Solar Mobile Battery. it comprises of a solar panel, a sleek cylindrical mobile charger, a pair of rechargeable Ni-MH battery, a wall charger, and a USB cable. this combination may sounds like lots of stuff to lug along but it actually offers the flexibility in charging your mobile battery with either the solar panel or wall outlet. so one may wonder: ‘why not integrate the battery into the portable solar panel?’ well, according to Elecom, it is for safety as exposing your battery to direct assault from the sun isn’t such a brilliant idea. the mobile battery device offers a micro USB input for recharging via the solar panel or wall charger, and a powered USB output for hooking up to your portable gadgets such as smartphone or iPhone for recharging. again, it sounds like a lot of work to do but you will probably appreciate this kit if you have sunshine and no wall outlets to be found and vice versa. though it is worthy to note that the pair of AA-sized Ni-MH battery is only good for charging up your mobile device to approximately 40%, which should be more than enough for a few life-saving text messages or calls. availability and pricing are yet to be confirm at this point in time.