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1. (WO2017137797) PORTABLE SOLAR CHARGER
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CLAIMS:

1. A portable solar charger (102, 500, 600) comprising:

a body (104, 502, 602) having a first side (114);

a charger battery (304) positioned within the body (104);

a touch control element (122, 628) supported by the body and configured to generate a charge command signal;

a first solar panel (112, 512, 612) pivotally coupled to the body, wherein in a rest position the first solar panel lays adjacent to and substantially overlaps the first side and in an open position the first solar panel does not substantially overlap the first side;

a second solar panel (108, 508, 608) pivotally coupled to the body (104); and

a power management circuit (290) communicatively coupled to the touch control element,

wherein the first solar panel and the second solar panel are electrically coupled to charge the charger battery, and

wherein the power management circuit is structured to transfer electrical energy from the charger battery to an electrical load responsive to the charge command signal.

2. The portable solar charger of claim 1 , wherein the body further comprises a plurality of walls perpendicular to the first side and defining a cavity (116, 516) therebetween, wherein the cavity (116, 516) is configured to receive therein a camera (150).

3. The portable solar charger of claim 2, wherein the camera (150) comprises the electrical load.

4. The portable solar charger of claim 2, wherein the body (104) comprises electric contacts (124, 126), the camera (150) comprises electric contacts (164, 166), and upon placement of the camera (150) in the cavity (116) the electric contacts (164, 166) of the camera (150) electrically couple the electric contacts (124, 126) of the body (104).

5. The portable solar charger of claim 2, further comprising a camera sensor (320) configured to detect the presence of the camera in the cavity.

6. The portable solar charger of claim 5, wherein the power management circuit is configured to transfer the electrical energy to the camera responsive to the camera sensor indicating the presence of the camera in the cavity.

7. The portable solar charger of claim 2, further comprising a thermal sensor (322), wherein the power management circuit is configured to discontinue transfer of the electrical energy to the camera responsive to the thermal sensor indicating a

temperature above a high temperature limit.

8. The portable solar charger of claim 1 , wherein in the open position the first solar panel (112, 512) and the second solar panel (108, 508) lie on a common plane.

9. The portable solar charger of claim 1 , wherein the body comprises a second side (118) opposite the first side (114), the cavity is positioned between the first side and the second side, and in the rest position the first solar panel is parallel and adjacent to the first side and the second solar panel is parallel and adjacent to the second side.

10. The portable solar charger of claim 1 , wherein in the closed position the body, the first solar panel, and the second solar panel fully enclose the cavity.

11. The portable solar charger of claim 1 , further comprising a third solar panel (614), wherein the first solar panel (612), the second solar panel (608), and the third solar panel (614) are pivotally coupled to the body (602) to pivot about a common axis.

12. The portable solar charger of claim 11 , wherein in the closed position the first solar panel (612), the second solar panel (608), and the third solar panel (614) overlap each other.

13. The portable solar charger of claim 12, wherein the third solar panel (614) is affixed to the body (602).

14. The portable solar charger of claim 1 , wherein the portable solar charger (102) comprises a first hinge (130) pivotably coupling the first solar panel to the body and a second hinge (131, 524) pivotably coupling the second solar panel to the body.

15. The portable solar charger of claim 14, wherein the first hinge is parallel to and spaced apart from the second hinge.

16. The portable solar charger of claim 15, wherein the portable solar charger (102) comprises extension elements (520, 522) coupling the first hinge to the first solar panel and the second hinge to the second solar panel, and wherein in the open position the extension elements (520, 522) abut each other.

17. The portable solar charger of claim 1 , wherein the touch control element (122, 628) comprises an illumination feature configured to indicate the transfer of electrical energy from the charger battery to the electrical load.

18. The portable solar charger of claim 17, wherein the illumination feature comprises areas of translucent polymer to enable light to pass therethrough but not through areas surrounding the illumination feature.

19. A solar charging system comprising a portable solar charger (102, 500, 600) as in any one of claims 1-18 and a camera (150).

20. A portable solar charger (102, 500) comprising:

a body (104, 502) having a first side (114), a second side (118) opposite the first side, and a plurality of walls perpendicular to the first side and defining a cavity (116) therebetween, wherein the cavity (116) is configured to receive therein a camera (150);

a charger battery (304) positioned within the body (104);

a first solar panel (112, 512) ptvotally coupled to the body, wherein in a rest position the first solar panel lays adjacent to and overlaps the first side; a second solar panel (108, 508) pivotally coupled to the body (104), wherein in a rest position the second solar panel lays adjacent to and overlaps

the second side, wherein in an open position the first solar panel (112, 512) and the second solar panel (108, 508) lie on a common plane; and

a power management circuit (290),

wherein the first solar panel and the second solar panel are electrically coupled to charge the charger battery, and

wherein the power management circuit is structured to transfer electrical energy from the charger battery to the camera.

21. The portable solar charger of claim 20, wherein the body (104) comprises electric contacts (124, 126), the camera (150) comprises electric contacts (164, 166), and upon placement of the camera (150) in the cavity (116) the electric contacts (164, 166) of the camera (150) electrically couple the electric contacts (124, 126) of the body (104).

22. The portable solar charger of claim 20, further comprising a camera sensor (320) configured to detect the presence of the camera in the cavity.

23. The portable solar charger of claim 22, wherein the power management circuit is configured to transfer the electrical energy to the camera responsive to the camera sensor indicating the presence of the camera in the cavity.

24. The portable solar charger of claim 20, further comprising a thermal sensor (322), wherein the power management circuit is configured to discontinue transfer of the electrical energy to the camera responsive to the thermal sensor indicating a

temperature above a high temperature limit.

25. The portable solar charger of claim 20, wherein the body comprises a second side (118) opposite the first side (114), the cavity is positioned between the first side and the second side, and in the rest position the first solar panel is parallel and adjacent to the first side and the second solar panel is parallel and adjacent to the second side.

26. The portable solar charger of claim 20, wherein in the closed position the body, the first solar panel, and the second solar panel fully enclose the cavity.

27. A method of charging a camera battery, the method comprising:

charging a portable solar charger comprising:

a body (104, 502) having a first side (114) and a plurality of walls perpendicular to the first side and defining a cavity (116) therebetween;

a charger battery (304) positioned within the body (104);

a first solar panel (112, 512) pivotally coupled to the body, wherein in a rest position the first solar panel lays adjacent to and overlaps the first side;

a second solar panel (108, 508) pivotally coupled to the body (104), wherein in a rest position the second solar panel lays adjacent to and overlaps the second side, wherein in an open position the first solar panel (112, 512) and the second solar panel (108, 508) lie on a common plane, wherein the first solar panel and the second solar panel are electrically coupled to charge the charger battery; and

a power management circuit (290); and

inserting a camera including a camera battery into the cavity of a portable solar charger.

28. The method of claim 27, further comprising:

engaging a touch control element (122) supported by the body and configured to generate a charge command signal responsive to said engaging, wherein the power management circuit is structured to transfer electrical energy from the charger battery to the camera battery responsive to the charge command signal.

29. The method of claim 27, wherein the body comprises a camera sensor (320) configured to detect Insertion of the camera and initiate charging of the camera battery.