Sprint’s new cell phone charger has an integrated solar cell to allow for “mobile charging,” as the photovoltaic solar cell is capable of charging a lithium ion battery using just the sun’s rays.
The SOLIO Mono Hybrid Charger takes about 10 hours to charge directly through sunlight, with peak charging times between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The charger is compatible with many phone models, as well as digital cameras and other portable electronics.
Sprint is also offering cell phone carrying cases made out of 100 percent recycled PET, which are manufactured by Nite Ize. The new accessories are part of Sprint’s environmental priority to “promote an environmentally-sound supply chain.”
Another of Sprint’s priorities is to encourage cell phone recycling, as the company has set a 90 percent recovery rate goal by 2017. The company currently recycles about 34 percent of its phones.
“Sprint customers will continue to see more eco-friendly options, whether through our products and services or our business practices,” said Ralph Reid, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Sprint. “Sprint’s eco-friendly products will help consumers conserve natural resources and reduce their carbon footprint.”