Our favorite device for this roundup, by far, is the Sosche SolCHAT II. It looks very much like the SolBAT II, but this little device works as a Bluetooth speakerphone and is even capable of telling you who’s calling by way of voice announced caller ID. With one press of a button, the call can be answered, keeping a driver’s hands free to do what they should be doing while operating a motor vehicle.
Just like the SolBAT II, the SolCHAT II can be charged by the sun or via USB and DC. An included car charging cable means that less than sunny days won’t make the device unusable.
The SolCHAT worked very well. Caller’s voices sounded very clear and people on the other end of the line reported that our voice quality came across loud and clear- i.e., not at all like a speakerphone. The built-in DSP designed to knock out echo did its job very well. In fact, it beat the pants off of most of the in-ear Bluetooth headsets we used.
Prices for the SolCHAT II seem to vary. We’ve found it for as little as $60.00 and as much as $100.00, so those interested will want to shop around. This device is worth looking into, though, as we found it to be a superior hand-free phone solution. It’s ability to run off the sun just happens to be a very welcome bonus.