14 Replies Latest reply on Oct 24, 2013 4:46 AM by CrownedInStarlight

    Solar Cover - would you buy it?

    AikiPen

      I have the Industriell Stripe cover for my NST and I love it because of the easel stand, easy to stand up.

       

      This week Amazon announced a solar cover which charges the Kindle. At 79$ it is a little pricey compared to over covers.

       

      My question is, if B&N offered a similar cover for a similar price would you buy it? I would buy it. Thoughts?

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          MacMcK1957

          Even with heavy reading I only charge every few weeks at most.  Can't see any need for a solar charger.

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            Eh, that just seems kind of silly. Unless it's for the Fire or the Tablet, or some other device that runs out of juice daily.

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              No, I owuld not buy it.  The problem, in my mind, with any solar panel cover that sits over a battery pack is that in order to charge it, you need to let it sit exposed to bright sunlight.  That in turn heats the whole device up a lot, and exposure to heat will cause a battery to degrade much, much faster than one kept cooler.

               

              I would rather have a battery that gives me a good 3-5 years of useful life, then a solar charger that saves me from plugging in more frequently, but reduces my battery's lifespan by half (or worse).

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                  AlanNJ

                  MikeNC wrote:

                  No, I owuld not buy it.  The problem, in my mind, with any solar panel cover that sits over a battery pack is that in order to charge it, you need to let it sit exposed to bright sunlight.  That in turn heats the whole device up a lot, and exposure to heat will cause a battery to degrade much, much faster than one kept cooler.

                   

                  I would rather have a battery that gives me a good 3-5 years of useful life, then a solar charger that saves me from plugging in more frequently, but reduces my battery's lifespan by half (or worse).


                  I don't remember the last time I had a chargeable device that lasted 3-5 years without becoming obsolete first.

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                      Byteguy

                      AlanNJ wrote:

                      I don't remember the last time I had a chargeable device that lasted 3-5 years without becoming obsolete first.


                      Obsolete?  Try 6 months.

                       

                      But, REPLACED?  My daughters have iPods that are 4 years old.  I can see hanging on to my NST for at least 3-5 years and probably longer if it doesn't die first.  It's the perfect size and weight for what I want.  Even a slightly bigger screen wouldn't tempt me to replace it.

                       

                      Being able to go 6-weeks or more between charges with my NST means I think a solar-charger is just a silly and expensive status symbol.

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                    JTs_Tina_Black

                    Absolutely yes -- it would make mine last as long s I read.  I have a tablet.

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                      enknot

                      I think that a solar charger for the Nook is an amzing idea bordering on nesisary.  It would finally make this product better than paper books. As the advantage that paper has over eReaders if any at all is that they never need to be charged. If could convert latent light to power when the device when it is not being used you would never ever charge it (or veeerrrry seldomly). Less charges and using wasted energy vs. energy that someone has to burn a pice of coal or split an atom or fell a tree for would really put this kind of thing where it needs to be. 

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                        Yes, I would buy it.

                         

                        I live in Earthquake country. In the event of the next "big one" I'm looking at 2-3 days or 2-3 weeks without power. I've got emergency preparedness PDF's / First-Aid instructions, etc. loaded in my Nook Simple Touch. Yes, some of this info I've transcribed to a notebook, but there's so much more I would want to access in an emergency.

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                            bobstro

                            This is an old thread, but still relevant.

                             

                            If you want to be ready immediately and have long-term off-grid charging capability, you might check out one of the high-capacity backup batteries coupled with a solar charger. I've got a large (10,0000 mAh) battery that's sufficient to charge my tablet and phone at least once from zero.  This gives me 1-2 days of immediate "go" power, assuming I keep the battery charged ahead of time. Another plus a battery offers over a charger is the ability to charge more than one device simultaneously. You can quick charge multiple devices, depleting the battery quickly, then let the battery charge slowly off solar or aux power.

                             

                            Couple that with a solar-USB charger to keep the battery topped off while I use the devices during the day, and I can charge them at night or when the weather is cloudy. You'll want to make sure whatever solar solution you uses puts out plenty of power to feed a big battery.

                             

                            I keep a 12VDC adapter around as well so I can plug the battery into a car socket as I drive around. That was handy during our big snows the last couple of years.

                             

                            Of course, if you're only talking about a NOOK eInk device, you could do with a much smaller battery and charger. I've got a little 700mAh battery that worked fine for phones.

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                            BruceMcF

                            The main scenarios were I'd want a solar charger, I wouldn't want the solar charger on the Nook cover, I'd want a separate panel to put where it could charge best.

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                              As others have mentioned, need vs. price? That's a fail/fail to me. I would consider it, but when the technology becomes a bit more mainstream. So few out there, prices far to high. For a real battery sucking device, I'm willing to spend more on something solar. For this purpose? No thanks.

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                                CrownedInStarlight

                                Yes. I think the convenience of being completely disconnected from the recharger would be worth it. I could simply lay the device in a nice warm space where it could soak up the rays when not in use.