Solar Bag Charges Laptop for Geeks on the Go

by Rob on March 17, 2008


Later this summer I’m planning a five day hike into the bush with my son and his scouting group. My first thought, of course, was not how I would carry my tent, clothes, food and everything else on my back for five days. No, my first question was how was I going to charge my gear. You don’t expect me to go without gadgets for five days, do you? Well, Voltaic Solar Bags to the rescue.

The Voltaic solar bags are “mobile solar power generators designed to charge virtually all handheld electronics.” And according to the website, they have one coming in Spring of 2008 that is powerful enough to charge laptop computers. Giddy up. Here are the details from Voltaic’s website:

Powerful Solar Panels: Embedded in the outside of the bags are lightweight, tough, waterproof solar panels. The new Generator produces up to 14.7 watts, powerful enough to fully charge a typical laptop from a day of direct sunlight. No other solar bag can do this! The smaller bags produce 4 watts of power so 1 hour in direct sun will power over 3 hours of iPod play time or 1.5 hours of cell phone talk time.

Battery Included: All Voltaic bags come with a custom battery pack which stores any surplus power generated, so it is available when you need it – not just when the sun is up. The battery packs can also be charged using the included AC travel charger or car charger, making them just as useful on the grid as off.

Easy Connection to Devices: All bags include standard adaptors for common cell phones and other handheld devices. The Generator also includes common laptop adaptors. Even without an adaptor, you can charge most devices with a standard car charger or USB charger.

Check out Voltaic Solar Bags at Amazon.

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