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Gallery: Green gadgets to keep you charged this summer

These solar-powered chargers will let you play in the sun with the knowledge that you'll never be out of touch.

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Topic: Hardware
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Your outdoor gadgets used to be limited by their battery life - but no longer. These solar-powered chargers will let you play in the sun with the knowledge that you'll never be out of touch. Heather Clancy tells you how to keep charged this summer.

Better Energy Systems claims its Solio Classic-i works with more than 3,200 devices for its almost 1 million customers. It costs $79.99.

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Solar Technologies promises to keep your gadgets going with its Freeloader solar charger series. The more expensive model can charge anything from smart phones to gaming devices. Prices range from $30 to $120.

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Kiwi Choice has the fan-like Solio solar panel charger. It comes with magnets on the blades of its fan shape so it can attach to your car or other metallic devices. It costs $50.

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Silicon Solar makes various solar-powered devices iSol solar chargers. The series is priced between $30 and $40,

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Novothink's Surge is one of the sleeve type of solar chargers that are built for Apple devices. This iPhone 3 charger costs $80. One of its short comings is that they usually only work with one device.

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Tremont Electric's nPower Peg won't begin shipping until next month but it's new technology could keep you in shape. It uses your body movement to power a charge. But the price tag is steep - $150.

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