The SC002 Solar Charger: Your Cell Phone Battery's Relief Pitcher

The SC002 Solar Charger will keep you available for all those important phone calls from the CFO.

Let's say you take a day off and spend it at the ballpark. (I know that's an unlikely scenario for you busy CIOs, but work with me here.)

Suddenly, your CFO rings your mobile with some questions about your budget. He's droning on and on. (Now this picture is getting more realistic.) At a crucial point in the conversation, you notice your cell phone battery is nearly dead. You also notice that it's a no-hitter in the eighth inning. What do you do? (No, the answer isn't to leave your CFO hanging.)

Try the SC002 Solar Charger ($55.99) from Solar Style Inc., the newest green accessory for execs. About the same size as a deck of playing cards, it attaches easily to your phone. And as long as there's daylight, there's life in your battery.

The SC002 works with products and platforms ranging from a Nintendo Game Boy to a Palm Treo. Nokia and Motorola phones are also compatible. We know what you're thinking: How do you charge the charger? There's a battery inside. So you can charge it all day in the sun; then if your cell phone dies after dark, the solar-powered charger backs you up. (And for the record, it's not cool to chat on cell phones at the ballpark.)

Shamus McGillicuddy, a former news writer for and, is now news editor for Write to him at

This was first published in March 2007
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