World Maker Faire 2013: Emergency Power

I put a lot of effort into not opening my wallet to pull out my credit card at Maker Faire, but I have to honestly admit that somehow I failed a few times.

The first time was on Saturday morning when I came across the Brown Dog Solar and their line of solar chargers. Having struggled without gas and water for almost a week after the March 2011 earthquake here in Japan, I developed a totally new, and much more conservative, perspective on emergency preparedness.

So, it only took a few minutes discussion with the principles at the Brown Dog Solar booth to realize how much I really needed one of their folding solar charger panel units. Of course it helped that their prices are a little lower than what I would pay for a similar unit here.

Their solar chargers look quite impressive and have been professionally executed.

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