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Hi Quinten,

For cell phone charging, there are a number of small PV panels that will output slightly more than 5 volts. Look at any sporting goods store or recreational equipment store.

For laptops, if you don’t want to do any assembly, check out the Powergorilla and Solargorilla line of products. [U.K.] Looking at the specs, this would good for intermittant use. Not suitable for MacBook. About twice as much cost for half the capability of the do-it-yourself system. Reviewed favorably by

For my cell phones and laptops, I am using a standard 40 watt panel with SunSaver charge controller and 100 amp hour lead acid battery to power lights and two 12 volt car outlets. You can use a small inverter to power your AC laptop charger or in the case of some small netbook computers, just plug the 12 volts directly into your 12 volt netbook with the correct adapters (warranty invalid). Car chargers work for the cell phones. You might also look at the IGO ( line of products to go from 12 volts to various other electronic equipment.

I also power a Wilson Electronics cell-phone amplifier connected to a Yagi antenna with this system to provide remote internet connectivity.

My power tool batteries are recharged from a 12 volt power tool battery car charger which recharges 14.4, 19.2 and 24 volt power tool batteries. You can use up your reserve battery power if you are not careful.

I did have to fire up the generator once in July 2008 due to extended cloudy weather.


near Wasilla, Alaska