This is the thread
where the thing first appeared on SailNet (started by Xort).
I was trying to spare the OP the gory details, but since the can has been opened...
Oh nice, blame it all on me!
IIRC, Conky Joe didn't have a financial connection to Solar Stik. I think there was some sort of personal connection but no official involvement by Solar Stick in Joe's website.
It seems that the upshot is that the product is rather expensive and requires tending to get the most of it's capabilities, which has been mentioned here already. If you have limited mounting space, it may be the best alternative.
Enjoy reading the original thread. It should only take a few days.
I'll be back in 6 months to check up on y'all!