Posted on 28 May 2010 Written by Dieter Loibner

Oh no! My (name your gadget here) just died."

Sound familiar? Here's help: solBAT II, a solar-powered charger provides juice for almost any hand-held devices that can be powered by USB cable. An indicator light lets users know when it's charging from the sun and when it is passing energy that's stored in a 1500 mA lithium-ion battery. When fully powered, the solBAT II will charge a typical cell phone up to two times, the manufacturer says, "making it a great battery backup ... in case of emergency when traveling." Available with a windshield and universal mount, the solBat II retails for $29.99. Scosche Industries, Oxnard, Calif. Phone (805) 486-4450.

This article originally appeared in the Home Waters Sections of the June 2010 issue.