TWICE: Solar Charging Options Brighten With CES Intros
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
New from Third Wave Power is the mPowerpad 2, which the company claimed captures solar energy faster than any solar charger on the market, enabling it to charge an iPhone after just more than an hour of sun exposure.
Third Wave said this is due to a highly efficient 5.4-watt solar panel, which is capable of providing a constant current flow to the batteries and proprietary Maximum Power Point Tracker technology that enables the solar panel to charge the batteries in an optimal way, even in low light or shady conditions. Once plugged in, the mPowerpad 2 charges an iPhone as quickly as from a wall outlet, the company said.
The mPowerpad 2 also features expandable lithium polymer battery packs, sold separately, that can extend the charging power to 11,600 mAh – enough to charge an iPhone eight times.
Besides the sun, it can also be charged from the wall or USB.