iPods are one of the most popular and used portable electronics
in the world, along with cell phones. As of September 2007, Apple had
sold more than 150 million iPods worldwide making it the best-selling
digital audio player series in history. In spite of the "bad economy",
22.1 million iPods were sold in the first quarter of 2008, and
10.5 million on the second quarter!.
An Apple milestone: 100 million iPods sold
Technology company transforming entertainment world but
Mon., April. 9, 2007
Apple Inc.ís announcement Monday that it has
sold 100 million of its iPod music players marks more than just a
milestone for the once-struggling computer
iPods are used in a number of situations and for ALL ages:
Teenagers use them ANYWHERE and ANYTIME: at home, getting a ride in a
car, while practicing sports, during sports breaks, school breaks,
walking to and from school, doing home work, bicycling, on vacations
while sightseeing, window shopping, at the beach, etc. You name it. If I
forgot any use you can think of, please send me an e-mail, or fill up
the form below, and I will include it on this page.
Adults are getting the taste of it, more and more: at home, audio
books, podcasts, while camping, hiking, backpacking.
Because of all these outdoor activities, a new
need arised: How to charge and iPod when away from
computers and electric power outlets.
iPods can play music for about 6 to 24 hrs hours, and videos for
about 2 to 4 hours, depending on the model used. The bottom line is:
iPods have a limited battery charge or playing time. When you are at
home this limit is not something to worry about.
Now days outdoors activities add the challenge of how to keep iPods
playing when away from home, or a hotel, which means how to charge an
iPod away from a computer, an electric power outlet, or away from a car..
People more and more take their iPod camping, hiking, backpacking, to a
picnic, to the beach, bicycling, for outdoor activities like a sports
game, taking the kids to sport games (sounds familiar?), or walking
around town while on
I receive e-mail and questions like these, very often:
"I am going for a solo hiking trip to the High Sierra, and I want to
take my iPod 4GB. I also need a flashlight and I don't want to worry
about batteries. What can I do?"
"We are going hiking and we need two rechargeable headlamps. We also
want to take an iPod"
Camping and hiking/backpacking are the most
common outdoor activities that I know of, people want to
take an iPod/mp3 player.
Charging an iPod with Solar Power
The three standard, most popular ways to
charge iPods are:
Plugging iPod to a computer's USB
Plug the iPod's USB cable to a wall adapter
If you have an iPod's
car charger, plug iPod to car charger, and plug car charger into the cigarette
lighter or 12V car
In other words we need an USB power port to
charge/recharge an iPod: from a computer's USB port (laptop or desktop),
from the USB power port of a wall adapter, or from the
12Volt car socket
(former cigarette lighter) USB adapter -
12Volt car socket iPod charger that plugs straight to the iPod.
Standard way to charge iPods/mp3 players