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A solar charger is a photovoltaic device that takes solar energy and creates electrical power that can be used for charging many different hand-held electronic devices.

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A solar charger is a charger that employs solar energy to supply electricity to devices or batteries. They are generally portable.

Solar chargers can charge lead acid or Ni-Cd battery banks up to 48 V and hundreds of ampere hours (up to 4000 Ah) capacity. Such type of solar charger setups generally use an intelligent charge controller. A series of solar cells are installed in a stationary location (ie: rooftops of homes, base-station locations on the ground etc.) and can be connected to a battery bank to store energy for off-peak usage. They can also be used in addition to mains-supply chargers for energy saving during the daytime.

Most portable chargers can obtain energy from the sun only. Examples of solar chargers in popular use include:

  • Small portable models designed to charge a range of different mobile phones, cell phones, iPods or other portable audio equipment.
  • Fold out models designed to sit on the dashboard of an automobile and plug into the cigar/12v lighter socket to keep the battery topped up while the vehicle is not in use.
  • Flashlights/torches, often combined with a secondary means of charging, such as a kinetic (hand crank generator) charging system.
  • Public solar chargers permanently installed in public places, such as parks, squares and streets, which anyone can use for free.

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Solar chargers New Technology For charging your devices

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Keywords photovoltaics, solar power, solar energy, charger
SDG Sustainable Development Goal SDG07 Affordable and clean energy
Published 2010
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