JOOS Blog

President Obama mentions facts from our Solar JOOS blog during his State of the Union speech

During this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama used in his speech, facts from our Solar JOOS blog which were provided to us by GTM Research. In our article “Solar Statistics for 2013,” we provided a fact given to us by GTM Research that every 4 minutes, a new solar system is installed […]

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What is MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) and why does it matter with solar?

MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) charge controllers are a commonly found component in today’s battery-based renewable energy systems although they’re not commonly found in the smaller, portable solar chargers. The JOOS Orange from Solar Components is different—it has a proprietary MPPT circuit that allows the small, portable device to achieve amazing efficiency and charging capabilities […]

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Five countries you probably didn’t know were going solar

Mongolia Mongolia has historically been a nation of nomadic herdsmen, far removed from city life, and their decision not to settle in one place has made it hard to establish any sort of infrastructure in the region. When your home itself is transient, it’s hard to find power to plug into. This has changed thanks […]

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Solar Statistics for 2013

2013 brought with it a breath of fresh air to the solar industry by breaking records and setting the stage for some big things to come. While it’s still a bit early to call solar photovoltaics “mainstream,” we’re getting closer and closer to that point. We’ve compiled a list of some solar industry statistics of […]

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Are mobile solar chargers worth it?

We all like the idea of being environmentally responsible and doing our part to ease the strain on the electrical grid while creating a level of resiliency with our emergency power needs. One way to do that, of course is to get a portable solar charger to keep your electronics running in the event of […]

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Is your disaster preparedness kit ready?

When Hurricane Sandy pummeled New York City last year, it left thousands of people without electricity. When Winter Storm Dion and Cleon hit Texas and the plains states just a couple weeks ago, the massive ice storm left hundreds of thousands without power in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. One way to be prepared for these […]

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Clean-tech buzzwords of 2013

Every year it seems, we hear a new set of words to describe a particular event, movement, or industry. We call these, “buzzwords,” and here is our list of buzzwords for clean energy in 2013: Resiliency The term ”resiliency” first rose to fame after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Clearly one of the most overused words of 2013, […]

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UC Davis West Village: On the way to becoming a ‘Net Zero Energy’ community

The University of California, Davis, West Village, the nation’s largest planned zero net energy community, racks up an impressive list of achievements in its initial year of review. The first formal analysis of West Village shows that even in its initial phases, it is well on the way to the ultimate goal of operating as […]

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Boeing Subsidiary Spectrolab Sets New Solar Cell Efficiency World Record

A new world record was recently set when Spectrolab, a Boeing subsidiary, produced a solar cell capable of converting 38.8 percent of solar energy into electricity, more than any other ground-based solar cell not using concentrated sunlight. The record was verified by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. This […]

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Marine Corps veteran, Justin Mentzer, summits Mt. Kilimanjaro with the JOOS Orange

Marine Corps veteran, Justin Mentzer successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro with his friends and the JOOS Orange portable solar charger. The JOOS proved to be the highlight of the trip, providing much needed power for Justin and his friends who needed to charge iPods, camera batteries, and other devices. Realizing the importance of the JOOS, four of Justin’s […]

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Renewables provide 99% of all new U.S. electrical generating capacity in October

694 megawatts of new electrical generating capacity was added last month, of which, 99.3% comes from renewable sources including 72.1% from solar energy. The remaining 5 megawatts came from oil. Twelve new solar energy generation units were put in place to produce 504 megawatts of generating capacity, followed by four biomass units generating 124 megawatts […]

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Devices like the JOOS Orange are the way of the future

Alta Devices has announced that its mobile power technology produces up to 5 times more power from indoor light than other commercially available solar technologies. Solar technologies such as dye-sensitized, organic, and amorphous silicon help to achieve these low light energy gathering goals, a goal Solar Components has had for the JOOS Orange since its […]

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SunEdison launches solar water pumps in India as more solar companies tailor their products to areas in need

Sun Edison recently launched a solar based water pump system in India to help farmers with irrigation in rural areas. The system is designed to increase crop yield by delivering reliable irrigation without dependence on expensive fuels or the rural area’s notoriously intermittent electrical power supply. In the rural area of Tamil Nadu, for example, […]

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Electricity used annually by the 170 million iPhone 5’s purchased in the next 12 months can power all the homes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a year

By 2014, it is expected that 7.3 billion cell phones will be in operation, guzzling up megawatts of precious energy resources and costing billions of dollars in the process. In fact, according to LifeHacker Magazine, the electricity used annually by the 170 million iPhone 5’s purchased over the next 12 months can power all the […]

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Are you ready for some (solar) football??

That’s right… many US stadiums are now harnessing power from the sun. While solar and alternative energy sources aren’t everywhere yet, fans, teams and event-goers are benefiting from installations around the country. Here are some of the solar fields making rays nationwide: FedExField – Landover, MD  Largest solar installation in the metro D.C. area More […]

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Are you ready for the storm?

Menlo Park, CA. With 2012’s Superstorm Sandy still fresh in the country’s mind, it’s no wonder that preparedness is a top priority for families and individuals nationwide. Solar JOOS recognized this essential requirement for not only feeling safe, but actually having the tools to accomplish powered security in a time of need. Thousands of citizens […]

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JOOS blows away the competition… again

JOOS blows away the competition! The JOOS Orange was reviewed by WIRED magazine in February and it blew away the competition earning a 9/10 review along with the coveted “Editor’s Pick” award. As for the competition… they got 5/10 and 6/10 reviews, not even in the same league as the JOOS Orange. Excerpt from the […]

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Congratulations Lyn P. of Santa Fe, NM, for winning a free JOOS Orange unit!

Solar Components recently had a contest where customers sent in their personal stories of how the JOOS Orange solar charger has helped them in a unique situation. Hundreds of people submitted their story and the story that won the competition was that of Lyn P. of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here’s her story: ———————————————————————- Joos […]

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HOLIDAY SPECIAL!

Order a JOOS Orange and get 6 FREE gaming tips to power your Sony PSP, Nintendo DX, Gameboy, etc. Be sure to enter promo code “HOLIDAY” during checkout to get your free tips! Good through December 31, 2011, or while supplies last.

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JOOS Orange Featured In Men’s Health Tech Guide

JOOS Orange makes headlines, again!  Check us out on the cover of the Men’s Health Tech Guide in the December issue. The JOOS Orange was also featured in the Wall Street Journal’s holiday buying guide on Saturday, December 3rd! Read more here.

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Solar Components Manager, Paul Komarek, Demonstrates the JOOS Orange on Fox News Houston

Solar Components Manager, Paul Komarek, did a live on air presentation of the JOOS Orange with Meteorologist John Dawson of Fox News Houston as part of their hurricane preparedness series. Paul will be doing more presentations on Fox News in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for tornado season. Check out the video below from the latest […]

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CES Success!

We’re back from our first showing at the CES Vegas extravaganza!  Wow, what a trip!  We had a small, but we feel significant, presence in Booth 1035J in the North Hall, and our sleek Orange looked perfect in the CES Best of Innovations showcase for all to see …. So, with our friendly team (helped […]

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JOOS Orange Customer Review

Hey folks! I just received my Solar Joos an hour ago. I am so impressed! The sun was already setting here in Maryland, so I stuck it over a 40-watt lamp for about 15 minutes… It was already 53% charged when I hooked it up to my laptop to view the dashboard. The real test […]

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JOOS Orange Customer Review

I just received an early Christmas gift and it was my ever so coveted Joos Orange. In a word it is Fabulous. Fabulous in it’s simplicity, fabulous in it’s build and fabulous in it’s design! It’s everything I had hoped! One feature I truly appreciate about this device is that it does one thing, and […]

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Solar Components’ JOOS Orange Personal Solar Charger Wins Best of Innovations Award for the 2011 CES International Trade Show in the Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology Category

CAMPBELL, Calif. – November 10, 2010 – Solar Components today announced that its JOOS Orange™ personal solar charger has been selected as the 2011 International CES Best of Innovations award winner in the Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology product category. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), producer of the prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards, […]

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1st JOOS Orange Portable Solar Chargers in Production

Just to keep everyone updated, here’s a picture of the first JOOS Orange portable solar chargers coming off our production assembly line. Our engineers and designers have been working around the clock (literally!) to bring the JOOS Orange to market. From encapsulating, testing, heating, dropping, drowning, checking and checking again; our team is ensuring that […]

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