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 SearchCIO.com and SearchCIO-Midmarket.com, is now news editor for SearchNetworking.com. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.