Do solar cell phone chargers work well? I have family in Houston and due to Hurricane Ike, the power has been off for almost a week. If these chargers work, it would be a great help as the telephone land line is not functioning yet. How about a solar fan? Do they make such a thing?
You can go to Walmart to the auto department and get and invertor and connect to your car battery. Can charge cell phone, run small fans, small lamps, ect.
Yes, they do work. I bought my adult son a solar battery charger for Christmas several years back. I also bought him a solar radio that came with a phone charger in, but it wasn't the correct type for his brand of cell phone. I guess all cell phones have different adapters, so find out the brand of cell phone before hand. The C.Crain Company has quite a selection of Solar Chargers & other "survival" type goodies like LED flashlights & such. There's nothing like a great flashlight that's easy on batteries when the power is out. My favorite thing in a power outage is a LED flashlight that fits on your forehead with an elastic band. I found one at my local hardware store & wouldn't be without it in an emergency! There's nothing like having both of your hands free when you're using it!
* Also, RV stores are great places to shop for 12 volt things that run on car or small motorcycle batteries. You can then hook the battery up to a solar trickle-charger, so whenever the sun's out, the battery is being recharged. Just stay away for those wind-up & shake-charged flashlights. At least they didn't work well for me. Maybe they've improved them in the last few years?
SOLAR BATTERY CHARGERS:
Here's one for $49 that plugs into a cigarette lighter & will trickle charge any 12 volt battery:
HOW TO BUILD A SOLAR PANEL SYSTEM: (--->This is GREAT info!)
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