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A Portable Power Pack Powered by the Sun

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, August 16, 2007

A portable power pack…powered by the sun. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. If you're spending lots of time in the great outdoors this summer…and need to find an electrical power source for that notebook computer and iPod, a Canadian based company called Xantrex has a variety of solutions. The most unique…is the XPower Powerpack Solar. Marketing manager Grant Dunbar…

"It's a power pack, so what it really does is provide you household electricity when maybe you have no access to that. You've got an outage or you're camping, something like that. This is a power pack that incorporates a solar cell and what it really does is provide you household power when it's not available. So if you are in an outage situation, you can run various household appliances and the solar cell that's a part of this power pack will constantly renew the power pack which gives you sort of a solution that can keep you running various things for a number of days, regardless of the fact that maybe the power has gone out."

You can't plug your refrigerator into it….the capacity is about 320 watts. The company has more robust solutions for that. The XPower Powerpack Solar weighs about 12 pounds and you can find it for under 150 dollars. If you're looking to add a simple powerpack for traveling, the company sells the PowerSource Mobile 100 for under 130 dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.