A New Standard in the Personal Solar Power World

New Joos Orange Personal Solar Appliance Will Deliver up to 20 Times the Energy of Existing Personal Solar Devices

Slated to launch in June 2010, the Joos Orange™ (from Solar Components, LLC) is waterproof, rugged and versatile and will deliver more than 2.5 hours of cell phone talk time for every hour of sunlight – up to twenty times (20x) the value proposition of current personal solar devices – for less than $100.
CAMPBELL, Calif. – March 3, 2010 –After working for two years in virtual darkness, Campbell, California-based Solar Components, LLC today announced its first product: the Joos Orange™ (pronounced “juice”).
Expected to ship in June 2010, the Joos Orange is described by the company as the world’s first “Personal Solar Appliance” – a product that delivers more than 2.5 hours of cell phone talk time for every hour of charging time or as much as 20 times (20x) the powering capability of existing personal solar power devices. For these reasons and more, Solar Components™ believes the Joos Orange will establish a new standard in the personal solar power world. Why? Because the Joos Orange is:

  • Affordable (has a suggested retail price of $99.95)
  • Waterproof (will also work submerged)
  • Rugged (polycarbonate case encapsulated in urethane and expected to last for many years of outdoor use)
  • Versatile (works with a dead battery, can be charged by USB, works in low-light conditions, has a replaceable battery and provides status to a personal computer)
  • Powerful (has a large {20 watt hour} Lithium-ion polymer battery, that {depending upon latitude, insolation and reflector use} can generate between 10 to 20 watt hours per day)

“Solar Components makes the best solar charger in the world,” said Jamie Bullen, CEO and co-founder of Solar Components. “We recognize that we’re throwing down the gauntlet by making this claim, but the fact of the matter is that most of the personal solar power devices on the market today are woefully inadequate. The fact that someone can have a personal solar device in direct sunlight for an hour and only power 5 to 20 minutes of talk time for a standard cell phone just isn’t acceptable.
“The Joos Orange is the world’s best because it uses the highest efficiency mono-crystalline solar cell on the market instead of a lower efficiency poly-crystalline cell. We use state-of-the-art electronics to stay on the maximum power point, function in low light, work with a dead battery, charge via USB and communicate with a PC. We’ve encapsulated the Joos Orange with a hard, non-yellowing urethane instead of an epoxy-based coating, and we’ve incorporated a steel heat sink and have ventilation built into a case that is also waterproof and submersible. The Joos Orange also has a large battery to store all the solar energy it receives and it’s replaceable. It fact, everything we’ve done up to this point is designed to set a new standard for excellence in the personal solar power arena – to create a ‘Personal Solar Appliance’ that can be used every day to recharge our electronics and is not just a drawer toy.”

Specification Highlights for the Joos Orange

The following are selected highlights of the Joos Orange specs. Complete Joos Orange specifications can be found online at http://www.solarjoos.com/tech-specs/

  • Battery: Replaceable 20 watt hour Lithium-ion polymer (3.7 volt, 5400mA); big enough to fully charge six standard cell phones or more than four smart phones.
  • Photovoltaics: 5-inch mono-crystalline solar cell with an anti-reflective silicon nitride coating and a maximum power output of 2.6 watts. The cell is connected together electrically in parallel so there are no edge effects.
  • Casing: A 5.8- x 8.6- x 0.8-inch (width x height x depth) thick durable polycarbonate injection molded case that features a steel heat sink to reduce heat, top and bottom ventilation, legs for solar orientation, with an automotive grade urethane used for encapsulating the solar cell and electronics.
  • Electronics: Microprocessor-based maximum power point capability, LED status lights for power production and battery status, along with a low light and a dead battery circuit. The Joos Orange can also be recharged by any USB power source; it ships with a miniUSB connector for charging devices and includes 2-6 adaptors (depending upon configuration). A free downloadable application will be available to show what the Joos Orange is doing.
  • Weight: 24 ounces.
  • Certifications: The Joos Orange is FCC A and B, CE and RoHS certified and also meets the NEMA 6P waterproofing and submergibility standard.

“There are currently 1.7 billion people in the world who don’t have access to an electrical grid and another 1.4 billion people that live with intermittent electricity,” Bullen said. “The sun has the ability to provide energy that, if captured at the right price for these people, will provide them with a continuous supply of energy for all kinds of useful devices. This in turn will help make their lives more productive and enjoyable without a carbon footprint. Our goal at Solar Components is to develop products that harness the sun’s capability in a cost-effective and efficient manner. The Joos Orange is our first step in reaching that goal.”
Retailers and distributors interested in selling and/or distributing the Joos Orange should contact David Matusich of Solar Components at David@solarcomponentsllc.com.

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS, ANALYSTS & SELECTED BLOGGERS:

Solar Components has a limited supply of final pre-production units of the Joos Orange available today for editorial testing and evaluation. Those interested should contact David Politis of Politis Communications at dpolitis@politis.com or 801-523-3730 ext. 11.

About Solar Components, LLC

Formed in 2008 and headquartered in Campbell, California, Solar Components, LLC creates Personal Solar Appliances that power the world one person at a time. For more information about Solar Components, please visit www.solarjoos.com or call 408-369-1727.
Solar Components, Joos and Joos Orange are trademarks of Solar Components, LLC. Patents Pending.
Editorial Contact:
David Politis, Politis Communications, 801-523-3730(work), 801-556-8184(cell), dpolitis@politis.com



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