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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?

The Best Rugged Solar Chargers: WakaWaka Power

WakaWaka Power. Photo: Courtesy of Waka Waka

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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