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SH002 Solar Powered Phone – sunbake your phone to recharge

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The SH002 Solar Powered Phone is a cell phone with a built-in solar panel for recharging. On the whole it sounds like a really nifty idea and the people over at Tech On! Japan took it for a spin to see how realistic solar cellphone charging can be.

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The phone has the usual features, 5 Mpixel camera, Bluetooth, GPS but the piece-de-resistance is the solar recharging, which Sharp recommends using only after the battery has been flattened.

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During solar recharging a small e-paper display provides feedback on whether the sunlight is sufficient and lets you know when you’ve got talk time. The reality is about 40 minutes of sun provides 1 minute of chat, up to about 85 minutes giving you an extra 5 minutes. Not quite what it says on the box, but still not bad, especially if you’re lost somewhere. Might be worth a look if they leave Japan.

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Dan Ferris is the Red Ferret’s Oceanic correspondent and Associate Editor based in Sydney, Australia. Despite not knowing Russell Crowe or Nicole Kidman, Dan has risen above adversity and now scours the world for interesting tidbits to write about. He spends far too much time photographing stuff and tinkering with computers.

Dan – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


1 Comment

  • hey this is a wonderful idea. this surely going to rock the world. looks pretty too.

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