23 Feb '12, 5pm

Powerful DIY Solar Power Pack Is Made from Bamboo

Powerful DIY Solar Power Pack Is Made from Bamboo

There are a lot of solar power packs out there, but this one, from Bootstrap Solar , has a lot going for it. First of all, it's particularly powerful, featuring a 5W monocrystalline solar panel (and room for a second). Secondly, it's inclosed in bamboo (which, for all its green credit, still raises concerns ). Thirdly, it's sold as a DIY kit. © Bootstrap Solar To assemble the Chi-qoo Solar Power Pack , you can buy the kit from Bootstrap Solar, or find the parts and go it alone- the design is open source. The whole process should take an hour or less. The 6.3in x 8.66in solar panel is powerful enough to charge a smartphone in 60 to 90 minutes. (For those planning to power iPads, a second panel is recommended.) Using the device is simple enough: charge the battery by placing the panel in sunlight. Then plug in your phone, tablet, Kindle, whatever, and you're all set. © Boots...

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