Well, iPhone, iPod, iPod Nano, iPod Touch, and Apple smartphone addicts (am I missing anything?), your moment in the sun is here: a portable solar powered charging dock for all your Apple i-series devices. Developed and sold by Muzatch, a brand of USA Solar and Digital Communications Technologies LLC, the 9.8 oz, 1000 mAh, lithium-ion core device comes in blue, black, silver, white, and green. Muzatch says the charger will last for four years with daily use (about 2000 full-up charges for your iPhone). This is impressive considering the company's current competition on iPhone-compatible solar charger scene. Where competitors give the lifespan of their devices, they hover around 500 recharges. The Muzatch retails for just under $50, not much higher than other solar chargers out there. Despite its Web 1.0 website and baffling name, the Muzatch's efficiency and long life may make a splash in the market.
Some people plan their holiday shopping out over the year, so that by the time December rolls around, all they have to do is work on making pretty bows out of organza and fret about whether or not it's legal to offer carolers hot cider anymore. I, however, tend to forget that the holidays are coming until I'm hit in the head with a Salvation Army bell. So, if you're a kindred soul still looking for that perfect something to put under the tree or next to the menorah or on the terrace of the Caribbean hotel room you took to get away from spending the holidays with your in-laws, here are some great solar gift ideas. (We're not endorsing anybody here--I'll give you some links to example products on Amazon.com just so you can click through and see what I'm talking about.)