Solio and professional skier Caroline Gleich launch ambassador program

Solio’s BOLT solar charger powers athlete at home and abroad
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OAKLAND, Calif. - (March 15, 2012) – Solio, the decade-old leader in the hand-held battery packs and solar chargers category, announces support for professional skier, stand up paddler, and environmental advocate, Caroline Gleich. Solio will look to Gleich for product testing, feedback, and new performance insights.

Gleich’s year-round international travel schedule puts serious strain on the devices that keep her connected. Solio’s new BOLT solar charger and battery pack helps keep Gleich’s personal electronic quiver - including iPhone, GoPro camera, Petzl headlamp, and new Zeal goggles with built-in-frame GPS unit - fully topped off with power whenever she needs it.

A Salt Lake City, Utah resident, Gleich’s commitment to alternative energy is prevalent both at home and on the road.

“I have a sunny south facing window in my office and I just set my BOLT there and let it charge. I love being able to charge my daily-use devices without using electricity from the grid,” Gleich commented.

“When I’m traveling, my BOLT always comes with me. It’s compact and lightweight so it’s very easy to pack. It comes in handy when you have been flying all day and you need to make phone calls; instead of being tethered to an outlet, you can keep moving and have a back-up power source.”

Along with its athlete ambassadors, Solio gains insight from people who rely on their products daily to power the lights in their homes, to keep their radios playing, and to charge their cell phones. For years community members in rural Kenya have performance-and-weather-tested Solio products to ensure their reliability for daily use in Africa’s challenging conditions.

Gleich will rely on Solio’s new BOLT, a powerhouse solar charger that 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 just like a power outlet.

When the sun goes down, 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 available at REI and Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) stores nationwide as well as at www.solio.com

Watch a demo of the Solio BOLT here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxGwYroVvts&feature=channel_video_title

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 www.solio.com.

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: www.kiva.org/green

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: www.solio.com/dailyuse

Media Contact:

Craig Randall at Verde PR & Consulting | 303-718-6519 | craig@verdepr.com

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