06 Mar '12, 1pm

5 Best Portable Solar Laptop Chargers

5 Best Portable Solar Laptop Chargers

waterproof laptop case from Voltaic Systems fits up to a 17" MacBook Pro, and features a 15 watt solar panel and a 50Wh battery that can be charged in roughly 8 hours of direct sunlight. According to Voltaic Systems, "One hour in the sun will provide between 12 and 45 minutes of runtime, depending on your laptop." It weighs just 4.5 pounds, including the panels and battery. A few items of note include that with Dells, the external battery won't work with the laptops battery, but the solar panel will provide a charge to the battery. That means you can get a small trickle charge directly from the solar panels but won't be able to refill your Dell battery straight from the battery pack. That said, most every laptop has a compatible adapter included with the laptop with just a handful of exceptions.

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