Today, Solar Components debuted a personal solar charger that, to put it bluntly, sounds too good to be true.
Called the Joos Orange (yes, as in orange juice), the 8.58 inch by 5.77 inch slab contains a 5,400mAh replaceable lithium-ion battery pack. Also nestled into its 0.79 inch-thick enclosure is energy management circuitry that promises to help eke out precious energy from less-than-direct sunlight. According to the company, the charger produces 20 times more energy than other chargers on the market, and with an optional reflector kit, that figure jumps to 30 times. And all for $100 when it starts shipping this June.
Perhaps anticipating that BS meters would blare in alarm, Jamie Bullen, CEO and co-founder of Solar Components said in a statement:
“Solar Components makes the best solar charger in the world. We recognize that we’re throwing down the gauntlet by making this claim, but the fact of the matter is that most of the personal solar power devices on the market today are woefully inadequate. The fact that someone can have a personal solar device in direct sunlight for an hour and only power 5 to 20 minutes of talk time for a standard cell phone just isn’t acceptable.”
Normally I’d roll my eyes and move on, but this line in the press release indicates that they might be onto something are aren’t afraid to let others kick the tires on their tech:
Solar Components has a limited supply of final pre-production units of the Joos Orange available today for editorial testing and evaluation.
Will it live up to those claims? Looks like we’ll soon find out.