23 May '12, 2pm

How to Turn Your Backpack Into A Solar Charger #DIY #solar

It sucks to be out and about with a dead cell phone or MP3 player. That’s where Solarrific , a backpack solar panel, comes in. Not only will it charge all your portable electronics and personal communication devices, the makers say it will do so in record time – 2 to 3 hours for a standard phone operating on a 3.7V 1020mAh lithium battery, according to the maker. At 5 watts and roughly 12 inches long, 8.5 inches wide and about three quarters of an inch deep, the Solarrific’s crystalline silicon solar panel comprises what is still the most efficient material for generating solar photovoltaic (PV) power. And even though it is lightweight, it still has enough charging power to bring your favorites – a digital camera, an iPod, a travel lamp, a Palm Pilot or even a GPS system – back to life when you’ve neglected them. Attaching to your favorite backpack (or even fanny pack) wit...

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