October 8, 2012
Those needing a new backpack can take advantage of one that does more than just tote books and electronic devices. The waterproof SOLARBAK Backpack comes with a 3.6w, 5000 mAh Lithium Ion battery and a lightweight, removable solar panel. Use it to charge most mobile devices when going to school, camping or just hanging out. Included are adapters and a 2 liter water bladder with drinking tube.
Via Solar Backpacks
December 13, 2010
Want to go green this holiday season? Russ Wright discovered the Solar Light Cap from New Zealand about a year ago and bought one for himself. He was so impressed that he began to give it to friends and family and they dug it, too. He and wife Shannon formed Current Wear so that everyone can have one here in the States.
Russ was kind enough to send us 3 samples to review and we are now fans as well. The cap has two ultra-bright LED lights that are turned on with a simple button. Weatherproof and washable up to the brim, the SLC has four lighting modes, will run for 3 to 4 hours on normal setting and up to 35 hours on dim.
Our review had a bud of ours testing the cap while we shot some video and he liked it enough to ask to keep it. Merry Xmas, Mike. We also introduced it to Grace, a cat that will attack a Furby, but was mostly unimpressed by the cap. Radar, our other cat, was moderately interested for a few seconds.
The video is very brief because to test it you should be in the dark and if you are in the dark there is not all that much to see. Duh. But we did have fun wandering around and trying out all the modes with simple button pushing. Head to the Current Wear site to see some professional video.
The SLC is adjustable and may feel a bit heavy when you first wear it because it does have a small solar panel in its brim. But you get used to it fairly quickly and it is quite comfortable after breaking it in.
Each cap has a life span of 5,000 hours (3 years.) Amazing for a mere $39.99 and although they offer a money back guarantee, you will not want one. This is a must have for campers, late night joggers, nighttime sporting events and parties, car breakdowns or those who are beset by a power outage.
By the way, Current Wear was an official sponsor for SolarDay 2010 last June, a national celebration to bring awareness to the benefits of solar power. Contact Russ and Shannon to get one or several Solar Light Caps for gifts this holiday season or to become a distributor.
Via Current Wear
June 2, 2010
Infinit's new line of Solar Charging Bags combine an integrated solar panel and high-capacity internal battery. Only 3 - 4 hours of sun are needed to power up your smartphone, portable game system, GPS device, cellphone or iPod. For a limited time, they are including a free bike phone holder with every bag purchase. Each bag is available for £89.99, (~$130.00.)
February 25, 2010
The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena is using an existing technique that assembles nanowires on a surface to develop silicon nanorod solar cells that can be assembled in a "carpet" and embedded in a transparent polymer. The flexible cells use only about 1% of the material needed. Future applications would be inexpensive solar panels and clothing.
February 18, 2010
Neon Green's Soular Powers Back-Up Packs look designer, cost designer but are eco-friendly with built-in solar panels. The series includes the Centurian that will hold a laptop, the Capsoul, that can be carried on shoulder or by hand and the Piggy Back that can attach to another backpack and turn it solar.
Via Gone On Green
February 10, 2010
Casio has been making watches almost forever and often caters to the sporty type. The G-Shock G2300B-1V is solar powered either in sun or inside light. Aside from its timely duties, it displays year/month/date/day up to the year 2039 on its backlit LED, has a stopwatch and world time for 29 zones. There are four different alarms and it has water resistance up to 660 feet.
Via Casio G-Shock Solar Watches
December 30, 2009
Watches don't get any more elite than this solar one that updates up to 6 times a day from radio clocks in the US, UK, Germany, China and Japan. Cells located in the face convert the sun's rays into power for the built-in battery that will last up to seven months on a full charge! It automatically adjusts for Daylight Savings Time and also features a stopwatch, 4 alarms and countdown timer. Water resistant, the Worldwide Solar Watch will set you back $159.95.
Via Hammacher Schlemmer
December 28, 2009
Sandia National Laboratory has developed tiny photovoltaic cells. Each is about 10 times thinner than conventional cells and can be integrated into clothing, turning its wearer into a mini-charger. The glitter-sized cells are 14-20 micrometers thick which is 10 times thinner than existing 6 X 6" solar modules. The team claims that they provide better performance, have a lower cost and are more efficient than those currently used.
December 18, 2009
Not only do ES Series Juice Bags charge your cell phone, GPS unit, MP3 player or other small electronics, they are made of 8 recycled 2 liter bottles. Each has 6.3W, 16.6V and 0.325 amps of power and are removable for remote usage.
Via Juice Bags
December 10, 2009
A new line of shoulder bags has been launched by the Austrian company Ponsold. The SunnyBag is available for now in the Buisiness Pro model that is equipped with a 1600mAh Li-Ion battery pack, 2 flexible solar panels with 3W of power output and connectors. There is room enough for a laptop or notebook up to 15.4". Available in dark brown or black, you can get yours for $299.00 at their online shop.
Via Sun Bag Shop
December 8, 2009
Germany's Yiran Qian created the "Endless Warm" combination of knitted hat and gloves. With built in solar panels shaped like snow flakes, they are definitely more attractive than the usual wearables. The set was a finalist in DesignBoom's Greenlife contest.
Via Design Boom