Suntactics sCharger-5 Solar Charger Impresses Forbes New Product Editor in Recent Review of Hiking Equipment Made in America

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) December 20, 2011

Jon Bruner, Forbes New Product Editor, spent last summer preparing for and then enjoying a rather unusual reporting assignment: a trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, on foot, followed by a black-tie dinner next to a remote waterfall. He evaluated several GPS Receivers and Solar Chargers, including the Suntactics solar charger, as part of his trip. He reported his conclusions in a December 15th article entitled ?Neat Stuff for the Outdoor Type: Hiking Equipment Made in America, GPS Receivers and Solar Chargers?.

?Most practical, portable solar panels don?t produce enough electricity to power your devices as you use them. The main drawback of the GoalZero system is that it?s not terribly compact and involves a few separate components, which can make for trouble when you?ve got a full pack. Some alternatives merge all of these components into a single device, like Brunton?s Restore or the Joos Orange, both of which are bulkier panels that include a battery within their casing.?

?The simplest device I tried: the Suntactics sCharger-5, a solar panel without any kind of battery that opens like a book and provides a simple UBS port for charging phones and other small devices (so you?ll probably be able to charge your phone using the same cord that?s already part of your wall charger). It?s incredibly light and durably built (in the United States, no less), and it charged my phone in a couple of hours in direct sunlight on the roof of the Forbes building.?

Dean Sala, Suntactics CEO, said he was pleased with Jon?s independent review. ?It confirmed what our customers have been telling us about their need for a powerful solar charger like the sCharger-5 that provides both instant usage and charging from a highly reliable powerful solar charger that is simple to use, compact, durable and hassle free”. ?And they want it done it in a truly environmentally responsible way with a product made is the USA that is designed for long-term value and not obsolesce.?

About Suntactics

Suntactics focuses on portable solar and off grid solar energy products. Their current product is a unique 5-watt handheld solar charger called the sCharger-5. This compact high power and durable solar power supply is being used by customers for a wide range of portable devices. Its simplicity in design makes it hassle-free and easy to use, just plug in your device and it starts charging instantly. The units are manufactured locally at Fastrak, a veteran owned contract manufacturer. Suntactics is located in San Jose, CA. For more information please visit


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Award-Winning Documentary Film Editor of “Sicko” and “The Cove” to Keynote 6th Annual Editors Retreat

New York, NY (Vocus) October 20, 2010

Future Media Concepts (FMC), the premier authorized digital media training organization for post-production, broadcast, and content creators, is thrilled to announce an action-packed schedule, including keynote presentation from award-winning editor Geoffrey Richman, for this year’s New Orleans Editors Retreat. The Editors Retreat, held this year from February 16 – 20, headlines FMC’s year-round conference schedule, known for its show-stopping keynote presentations and ability to foster new industry trends. This year’s keynote comes from an avant-garde documentary film editor whose work won the first-ever Special Jury Prize for Editing at the Sundance Film Festival. Editor Geoffrey Richman’s credits include some of the most respected and industry-awarded documentaries of the past few years, such as his work on Michael Moore’s documentary Sicko, and on Louie Psilhoyos’ Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear Richman’s tips and techniques from the cutting room floor, as well as his predictions for the future of filmmaking.

“The Editors Retreat is a groundbreaking conference, with some of the best editors from around the world in one place, sharing ideas, tips, and techniques with each other, and brainstorming the creative and technical future of the industry. I am honored to be a part of this year’s event in New Orleans,” says Geoffrey Richman. “The Editors Retreat allows for real conversation between all attendees and I’m excited to be able to bounce ideas off other editors in the relaxed atmosphere of the conference.”

“The Editors Retreat has evolved into one of our most respected and well-received industry conferences. Each year we strive to bring together the finest that the editing and post-production worlds have to offer, and present a top-notch conference for industry elite,” comments Ben Kozuch, co-founder, president, and workshop chair, FMC. “The annual Retreat offers editors a chance to not only gain perspective on the latest tools and trends in the editing room, but also gain valuable insight and feedback from award-winning peers and post-production gurus. We want to offer attendees an experience that goes beyond that of the normal technical conference; the Editors Retreat is just that—an exclusive retreat for advanced industry players looking to perfect their skills and perhaps create the next Academy-award-winning documentary or box office success. We are thrilled to host this year’s event in New Orleans, a hub of vibrant enthusiasm and creative energy that is sure to rub off on Retreat attendees.”

The Editors Retreat Celebrates Its 6th Year Mardi Gras Style

Filling the same vibrant streets as Mardi Gras, this year’s 5-day, 4-night Retreat promises to be an editor’s dream getaway with 5 days of sessions and presentations on the latest workflow technologies, emerging trends, and creative thought processes. Training sessions are designed for experienced editors looking to perfect their mastership of chosen digital tools, while collecting valuable feedback from peers on current projects, creativity, self-development, future endeavors, and more. The 2011 agenda focuses not only on the technical aspects of the post-production industry, but the business and creative aspects as well, presenting a well-rounded training methodology for success in all areas of post-production.

The Editors Retreat is also well known for its relaxed and social atmosphere, fostering relationships that go beyond the editing room. The Retreat’s casual and discussion-oriented atmosphere encourages the sharing of ideas and knowledge, often sparking innovative new projects, creative trends, and lasting friendships. This year’s event includes a variety of social outings and gatherings, including scheduled cocktail parties and dinners, the 5th Annual Poker Tournament, and a paddle wheeler cruise down the Mississippi River.

Editors Retreat 2011 Details

The 2011 Editors Retreat will be held at the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans Hotel, located at 701 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA. Editors of all genres, including TV, video, film, corporate communication, and government, are eligible to attend; however, a minimum of 5 years extensive professional experience is required to apply. Pricing varies per package, but applicants can reduce their total cost by $ 500, from now up until December 1st, by preparing a Peer Presentation on an industry topic of your choice. Presentations are limited to 75 minutes, and can address or utilize any industry platform.

Special Offer – Attending becomes a “no-brainer”

This year’s Retreat attendees will each receive their own Adobe Creative Suite CS5 Production Premium from the official Editors Retreat sponsor, Adobe