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IllumiCharger gives USB power via wall outlet

The IllumiCharger is a light-powered USB wall outlet, where one is able to juice up their USB devices without forking out an additional cent – apart from the initial investment, of course. This device will collect and store energy from interior lighting, offering free charging power to USB devices in the same way that solar-powered classroom calculators work. Sounds like a practical idea, but just how many hours of lighting power does it require before it is able to juice up your iPhone from zero to 100%? It comes with a couple of USB ports, indicated by a blue and purple LED respectively. Charging speed is rated 5v@500mah with a 9,600 mAh capacity. It is currently in running as a semi-finalist in this year’s 2010 Greener Gadgets Design Competition, and we can clearly see why.