The Joos Orange Solar Charger is about as green as technology can get. Everybody has a good feeling about green technology. Do you think there is anyone who has, let’s say, a Prius that doesn’t love it, admire its cool features and feel moral and virtuous for owning one? Many of them famous movie stars and other celebs who can afford to drive whatever they want? I don’t have a Prius, but I get the same feeling from recycling, remembering to take reusable shopping bags to the supermarket and from using rechargeable AA and AAA batteries. I have looked at other solar chargers and until the Joos came along, they just weren’t ready: either too slow, too unreliable or just generally low quality. The Joos Orange Solar Charger has that quality feel that involves good fit and finish and a little bit of heft without being actually heavy.
It’s a little smaller than I expected, which makes it more portable for outdoor and travel use.
It is not only water resistant, it’s waterproof. You can actually charge it underwater, if you plug the female microUSB jack with the built-in cover. You don’t even really have to, if you dry the jack out once in a while.
I’m not sure why you would need to submerge it, but if a good sunny charging day turns without warning into a not so good rainy charging day, there is no need to worry about the Joos Orange getting wet.
It comes with all the plugs and wires you are likely to need, and you can order unusual ones and reflector mirrors for even more efficiency here. The Joos tells you its status through red and green LEDs, but if you are a true geek, download the free software to your computer and communicate with your Joos to your heart’s content. The computer will also charge it up through the USB port.
The battery is lithium-ion, and if you end up using the Joos Orange so much that you need a whole new battery, you can order one from the manufacturer and change it yourself, always a convenient feature and green, too.
So while you sit outside and recharge your spiritual batteries, you can charge the batteries for your devices as well.
You can order one or arrange to be notified when they are back in stock here.