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Unplug with the PowerSwatch

Carry the sun’s energy while you’re on the go.

by larry urishPublished: October 01, 2012

Not too long ago, the majority of state-of-the-art digital devices on the market were viewed as novelties – for some, even toys. A significant number of consumers, particularly those less tech-savvy, used them as amusing diversions.
   
That quickly changed when these products became essential business tools that executives use on a daily, if not hourly, basis. How can a CEO get through a hectic week without her iPhone, iPad (and related products) and laptop? Isn’t it easier for a time-crunched salesperson to locate a prospective client with a reliable GPS? This begs the question: How useful are these essential business tools when they run out of juice?
   
Not only are they useless, they seem to die when you need them most – and when you’re nowhere near a power source. That’s obviously not good for the bottom line.
   
Thanks to the PowerSwatch, you can carry the sun’s energy-gathering rays with you. Produced by Irvine-based clean-energy firm SunWarrior, it is composed of a series of miniature solar panels with small port connectors in a thin, fold-up cloth case. The company’s three models feature snap-on PowerPlus2 expansion panels that can triple the power output without the use of external cables.
   
Just unroll the gizmo, and you can power up while winding down – say, when waiting for your tee time – or on the run. (You might well land an account by iPhone on the fairway, while a dead phone is about as useful as a cement lawn gnome.)
   
The $99.95 Mobile Solar Charger (pictured) is the most economical; the other two can be had for $129.95 and $229.90.
   
SunWarrior’s website puts it best: “PowerSwatch solar chargers make your mobile devices truly mobile.” sunwarriorinc.com



QUICK FACT: About 99.99 percent of the solar energy in solar radiation goes to waste. The industry is expected to grow 20 to 40 percent per year for the next 10 years.



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The only way to get anywhere close to a fair etismate is to actually call up a solar installer in your area, and get a free quote. The price depends vastly on your energy usage, and your location. Two houses can be neighbors, and one can use 20 times as much electricity.Solar hot water costs $4-6k, after which you may get some rebates or credits.Solar electricity costs $6k and up, after which you may get rebates or credits. A typical system, if there is such a thing, is several times that size, and it is not unheard of to have a system 20 times that large.
Comment at 10/26/2012
Perfect ansewr! That really gets to the heart of it!
Comment at 11/4/2012