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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 21, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    Tech tools: Hammacher Schlemmer Solar-powered iPod Speaker

    Ciara O'Brien

    Essential summer kit: sun cream, sandals and some sort of music. Or, in Ireland, unmbrella, sensible footwear and some sort of music. Either way, this solar powered iPod speaker could help you out.

    Splash resistant and rugged, Hammacher Schlemmer’s solar-powered iPod Speaker is more than just a green gimmick. There are two five-watt full range speakers which provide decent sound that mixes crisp highs with serious bass.

    The system has a rechargeable battery that can be powered by the sun, making it very portable, and the aluminium rubberised casing means it can probably stand up to a knock or two outdoors.

    For every three hours of solar charging, you get an hour of use, but you can also use mains power – good news for those of us who will be lucky to see the sun for that length of time. Not only will it work with the iPod and iPhone, it will also work with most MP3 players.