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Shine a light on adventure with Solio’s BOLT and PTEC’s Apex

Plug In and Go with Solar Energy at Outdoor Retailer with Solio and Princeton Tec’s Latest Products

OAKLAND, Calif. – Solio, the decade-old leader in the hand-held battery packs and solar chargers category, brings its collection of chargers and lighting products to the 2012 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (ORWM) tradeshow (booth 13303) this January 19-22. The brand proudly announces its chargers compatibility with several new products showcased for the first time at this year’s ORWM. Solio will exhibit in Liberty Mountain’s booth #13303.

Solio’s new BOLT, a powerhouse solar charger that marked the brand’s move away from auxiliary tips and adapters, works exclusively from the charging-device’s native USB cord. With an on-board battery and rotating solar panels, the Solio BOLT charges thousands of popular USB powered gadgets like the newest headlamp from Princeton Tec (booth 16001), the leading lighting brand for outdoor adventurers.

Princeton Tec will unveil its new Apex Rechargeable headlamp, a convenient, greener solution for those tired of carting excess AAs and AAAs into the backcountry. Solio’s new BOLT solar charger is a great way to make sure the Apex’s light stays on, even miles away from the nearest outlet.

The Apex Rechargeable Headlamp, scheduled for a spring 2012 release, weighs in at a very packable 283 grams and charges from USB. It features an all-white LED 200 lumens light that will run for up to 90 hours on a single charge on its low setting, or 5 hours on high. For extended treks away from power sources the Solio BOLT makes a great option for a simple, green battery backup. The BOLT, which can be charged in one full day’s exposure to the sun, connects directly to the Apex’s USB port for fast, easy, on-the-go charging.

After dark the BOLT’s battery can be recharged via its micro-USB port. From USB power, the battery charges in 4.5 hours. The BOLT uses a high temperature rated lithium ion-polymer battery. Unlike other battery chemistries, lithium-poly works perfectly for the high-heat of solar charging and Solio’s 60C specification means the heat of the sun never interrupts efficient solar charging. When the useful life of the rechargeable battery is over, the Solio BOLT battery is user-replaceable with just a few turns of a screwdriver.

The Solio Bolt ($70) is distributed by Liberty Mountain and available now at Sprint, Amazon, and REI stores in the United States and Mountain Equipment Co-op in Canada. The BOLT is also available at

Watch a demo of the Solio BOLT here:

About Solio
Solio is a developer and manufacturer of portable solar chargers and lighting systems, helping power work and play with renewable energy. Solio products are compatible with an enormous range of devices from GPS units to MP3 players, smartphones, and cameras. Chances are, if a device can be powered by USB, it can be powered by Solio. Now a decade old, Solio is an Oakland, CA-based company distributed by Liberty Mountain and sold through specialty retailers like REI, Sprint, RadioShack. The company also provides rural communities in Kenya with home solar lease options, providing access to affordable clean energy and lighting systems. For more information visit

Solio stands for energy equality
Through Kiva microfinance loans, solar energy entrepreneurs are able to start a green energy business of their own. Solio is a proud partner of Kiva – find out more here:

Tested by daily use
Families in Kenya use Solio to power their entire home. We’ve learned to make durable, reliable solar chargers – because people depend on us! Learn more here:

Media Contacts:

• Solio: Craig Randall at Verde PR & Consulting | 303-718-6519 |
• Princeton Tec: Keith Cozzens at Verde PR & Consulting | 970-259-3555 |