But the most impressive product I saw all day was the Solar Charger from SOCO. Itâ€™s funny how the most simple ideas are always the best. The Solar Charger from SOCO is a small mat that can easily be rolled up and put in a bag, but when itâ€™s unrolled it reveals a solar panel. The solar panel will feed power to a car cigarette lighter shaped output, which will then power/charge any device that can be charged via a car cigarette lighter.
The Solar Charger wins the prize for the most innovative product Iâ€™ve seen today.
With the majority of portable consumer electronics devices having the ability to draw power from a car cigarette lighter, this is a very varsatile product. You'll be able to power your mobile phone, your Walkman or even your GPS while your sitting on a beach or in a dessert.
Obviously in the UK we donâ€™t really have the weather to make use of solar panels, but if you happen to be living in a very hot country, or are travelling around one as I have done myself in the past, the Solar Charger could be a great asset. SOCO also produces smaller solar panels that can be strapped to your backpack while youâ€™re trekking through the midday sun. That way at least you know your notebook will be charged by the end of your wearisome walk.
Strap a solar panel to your backpack and keep your kit charged up while youâ€™re away from a power point.