[Bloominglabs-announce] Fwd: SOS (Save Our Solio)

Jenett Tillotson jtillots at gmail.com
Sat Feb 12 15:09:55 EST 2011

We have public meetings every Wednesday at 7pm where anyone can stop by.
We've fixed things for people in the past and our happy to take a look at it
to see if we can help.

We won't be meeting at the Collaboration Room this Wednesday, but instead
are holding a workshop a 1061 S. Walnut behind Russian Recording. It's free
to stop by, and we'll be there from 7pm until 11pm. We'll have all the tools
we would need to take a look at the charger, so feel free to bring it on by.
We'll be back at the Collaboration Room the week after that.

If Wednesday don't work for you, I'm betting we could work something else
out. Just drop me a note.


On Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 11:57 AM, Kevin Makice <kevin at makice.net> wrote:

> Hello, hardware gurus.
> I have a friend who tried to replace a battery on an old Solio solar
> charger, but in the process of doing so dismantled too much of the device.
> In re-opening up the Solio, it looks like there are some severed wires that
> are supposed to connect two of the three solar petals to the charger. I
> **think** the device will currently work but only for the main panel, which
> makes it a bit slow and impractical.
> She is looking for someone who might be able to replace the damaged wires
> and get it operational again. It's out of my wheelhouse, but I'm hoping
> someone in this group might be willing to take a look.
> Thanks,
> Kevin
> Begin forwarded message:
> *From: *"Lexmond, Angela J" <alexmond at indiana.edu>
> *Date: *February 9, 2011 11:55:15 AM EST
> *To: *"'Kevin Makice'" <kevin at makice.net>
> *Subject: **SOS (Save Our Solio)*
> Hi Kevin,
> A few years ago I bought a Solio (solar charger for small electronics) (
> http://www.solio.com/charger/solio-charger-classic.html)  thinking it
> would be good to have in an emergency so that we could charge our cell
> phones.  (Ours is the original Solio Classic… it has undergone design
> improvements over the years).  Well, it sat on a shelf unused, so I decided
> we should bring it with us to Haiti when we go so that someone who needs it
> could use it.  I want to give Stevenson and Kendy’s cousin Valerie an old
> ipod, and this would provide her with a way to charge it.  (Her brother
> could also use it as a small business… charging people’s cell phones,
> because it comes with lots of adaptors.) Anyway, I discovered that sitting
> on the shelf was not good for the battery, and the battery needed
> replacing.  I ordered a new battery, and when Bob tried to install it last
> night, he ended up taking too much of the gadget apart and breaking a wire.
> He also can’t quite put it back together properly.  I’m wondering if you or
> one of your techy/gadget savvy friends might be willing to try to Save Our
> Solio?  If it is not fixable, I’ll need to find another (cheaper) way to
> charge an ipod and will try to find a hand crank version.
> (Recommendations?)
> Thanks in advance for trying?!
> Angela
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