The Nook ($249) is slightly more expensive than its closest competitor, the Amazon Kindle Fire, but offers faster performance, a larger processer and memory, and is lighter in weight. The Nook offers a VividView™ 7 inch touch screen, 16 GB of memory with an SD card slot for additional memory, preinstalled entertainment favorites such as Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora, and 9 hours of video playback.
With a wealth of entertainment and app offerings, it can be easy to burn through the Nook’s battery, despite being the front-runner in its class when it comes to single battery life. Hours of checking emails, browsing the web, and watching videos make the Solio BOLT solar charger a perfect back-up solution for inopportune battery drain. The BOLT, which can be charged from the sun or directly from a wall or USB outlet, connects to the Nook’s included USB charging adapter for fast, easy, on-the-go charging.
After dark the BOLT’s battery can be recharged via its micro-USB port. From USB power, the battery charges in 4.5 hours. The BOLT uses a high temperature rated lithium ion-polymer battery. Unlike other battery chemistries, lithium-poly works perfectly for the high-heat of solar charging and Solio’s 60C specification means the heat of the sun never interrupts efficient solar charging. When the useful life of the rechargeable battery is over, the Solio BOLT battery is user-replaceable with just a few turns of a screwdriver.
The Solio Bolt ($70) is available now at Sprint, Amazon, and REI stores in the United States and Mountain Equipment Co-op in Canada. The BOLT is also available at www.solio.com.
Watch a demo of the Solio BOLT here: http://www.youtube.com/
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Solio is a developer and manufacturer of portable solar chargers and lighting systems, helping power work and play with renewable energy. Solio products are compatible with an enormous range of devices from GPS units to MP3 players to smartphones and cameras plus headlamps and lights. Chances are, if a device can be powered by USB, it can be sustainably powered with Solio.
A nearly ten-year-old brand, the Oakland, CA-based company makes its products available for purchase through specialty retailers and provides rural communities in Kenya with power and light through leasing, providing access to affordable clean energy and lighting systems. For more information visit www.solio.com.