If the name 'Devotec' is familiar that's because it has established a solid rep as a manufacturer of solar chargers for, well... just about everything! This however is clearly the next step in its evolution.
The 'Solar Sound' capitalises on all the company's solar experience to create the first solar powered wireless Bluetooth speaker. So how practical is it?
In short: very. The speaker is fitted with a 150mA solar panel which at full charge can last up to eight hours on medium volume or four hours at full volume while recharging just involves leaving it in any form of light. Recharging takes between 12 and 24 hours for the solar panel or just four when hooked up to the mains.
In terms of compatibility the Bluetooth standard means it will work with virtually any Bluetooth equipped handset or MP3 player and since it has A2DP bass response will be improved if the connecting device sports the same. Audio can be controlled either directly from your device or using the touch button controls. Furthermore, if Bluetooth doesn't appeal a 3.5mm headphone jack will come to the rescue. Finally, making the Solar Panel even more flexible is the inclusion of an integrated mic which means it can be used as a hands free car kit when driving.
As for sound quality, given the Solar Sound is designed to be very portable (165 x 55 x 55m and 260g) it won't be shaking any walls but a pair of 2W speakers should be plenty enough for some peaceful garden listening or audiobook enjoyment.
If all this sounds rather tempting then the price shouldn't put you off at £59.99 and it's available from the company's site from today. Let's hear it for the sun!