Scosche SolCHAT

by Mark R

I think we all know that what the world needs now, is solar power, sweet solar power. Yeah, I probably shouldn’t be stealing old classic songs and adding green messages to them, but what the heck, it is quite true.

Scosche has recently unveiled a new solar-powered endeavor with the SolCHAT Bluetooth Speaker phone. It is designed to be used in the car, so you can chat and drive without breaking any new laws.

It has a built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery with a solar panel. I’m not certain how efficient this is, as many solar-powered gadgets that I have seen in the past have been historically inefficient.

Fortunately, if there is no sun out, you can recharge the SolCHAT via USB. Of course, a lot of cars don’t have USB ports in them, but times are changing all the time. After all, most new cars have responded to consumer needs and added an iPod dock, so why not a USB port as a new standard?

Perhaps a solar-powered Bluetooth Speaker Phone should be a new standard feature in this age where most chatting is done “on the road”. You should be able to get the solCHAT for about $99.99 which includes the USB charging cable and car adapter.

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Gadget Thumbnail Time » Coolest Gadgets Says: March 19, 2009 at 8:52 am

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Umpquacod Says: January 8, 2010 at 8:20 pm

For info, I just picked up one of these gadgets yesterday and have been messing around with it since. Very cool little device. Paired almost instantly (does ask for a PIN number for first use, but that’s the only time). Charged it overnight and used it several times today. Very clear at the sender’s end and, apparently, the same at the receiver’s end as no one ever said “are you on a speaker phone?”, which is a first.

Dunno about the solar charging due to no time and no Oregon sun. Overall, however, I am very happy with this device. BTW, paid $60 for it a Walmart.

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