This Just In…

You may remember from previous posts that one of my favorite eco-tech gadgets is the Solio Solar Charger - a must-have addition to any gadget-loving traveler’s kit bag. And now, Better Energy Systems (Solio’s parent company) have announced their new Solio Communicator - a sun-powered hands-free car kit. Very cool! I can’t wait to give it a test on my next roadtrip. But, not yet: The Solio Communicator will be launched officially mid March 2009 and is expected to retail at about $100.

Here’s the pitch: A wireless hands-free mobile communication alternative to expensive inbuilt car systems or for those who’d rather not use a Bluetooth headset. No cords, no forgetting to recharge it (stored solar power takes care of that nuisance) and virtually unlimited talk time. Can be used while driving or as a portable speaker phone.

I’ll have the travel-tested scoop ASAP, so check back in. In the meantime for more information, visit




Release: Solio Adds Solar-Powered, Hands Free Speaker Phone to its Range

Better Energy Systems, a leading manufacturer of portable renewable energy products, is pleased to announce the Solio Communicator at Mobile World Congress 2009. Designed to be the ultimate in ‘Eco-mobility’, the Solio Communicator uses the sun’s energy to provide virtually unlimited talk-time. Eliminating the need for complex inbuilt car kits and suited to those who would prefer not to use a Bluetooth headset, the Solio Communicator offers an environmentally friendly hands-free option which enables users to enjoy the functionality of a mobile phone safely and legally while driving.
The Solio Communicator uses an integrated solar panel to soak up the sunlight and store it within its internal Lithium-ion battery, holding its charge for up to a year. Ultra portable and weighing only 150 grams, the Solio Communicator sits comfortably on a dashboard, visor, window or flat surface using a versatile mounting system. A high fidelity directional microphone ensures that audio quality is at its maximum clarity when you make or receive a call. Whether using it while driving, or as a portable speakerphone, the Solio Communicator gives executives, frequent travellers and consumers the convenience of hands-free mobile communication powered by the sun.
The Solio Communicator is a hybrid device, meaning it can be charged from the sun, a USB port, wall adaptor or a 12v cigarette lighter socket. It is compatible with all Bluetooth enabled mobile phones and works straight out of the box.

About Better Energy Systems
Better Energy Systems was created with the vision of broadening the public’s perception of sustainable energies. Globally recognized for innovative products like the Solio(R), Better Energy Systems continues to influence the mobile consumer with its cutting edge renewable products and methodologies - making better energy a way of life for everyone. For more information visit

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".