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The Best Rugged Solar Chargers: WakaWaka Power

I want to get a small portable solar panel to charge my phone. Do any of the ones on the market work, or are they more trouble than they're worth?

WakaWaka Power solar chargers mobile

WakaWaka Power.     Photo: Courtesy of Waka Waka

A:Developed with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, this solar charger from the makers of the much-loved WakaWaka Solar Lamp is set to hit the streets in May 2013. With the WakaWaka Power, designers have created a combination light and charger for your phone, GPS, or camera. On a full charge, the device runs the light for 40 hours or recharges a depleted phone. Its status lights and efficient solar cells make it great for the outdoors. The downside: It's the only unit in this round-up that's not water-resistant.

WEIGHT: 7 ounces
SIZE: 4.7 x 0.6 x 3 inches
PRICE: $70

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