With ever changing technologies in solar panel design, having your own set of solar panels on your home is becoming more affordable and feasible than ever before. I was able to sit down with a friend of mine who is a Professor of Systems Design Engineering to discuss his experience in installing solar panels on his home.
Imagine a solar panel small enough to fit in your palm, with the power to charge your phone every night. This concept might not be too far away.
Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the Window Socket captures the power of the sun within its battery, and allows you to plug a device in the back to give you up to 10 hours of 100W electricity.
A lot of people are using Tablet’s and e-readers, and the more they use them, the more power they draw from the grid to charge them up again. That’s what makes the SolarKindle Lighted Cover such a cool green gadget. With Amazon Kindle being the hottest e-reader on the planet, SolarFocus has designed the world’s first solar-powered e-reader cover. The cover features an environmentally friendly design with a lightweight, flexible and high-grade solar panel built right into the cover. Now you can keep your kindle charged up without having to plug it in! It also has a built-in LED lamp to make night time reading a breeze.
Some stats on the charge: 1 hour of solar charge gives you 3 days of uninterrupted use. The USB/solar dual charging reserve battery provides backup equal to months of unplugged reading time. The cost ranges from $39 to $90 on Amazon. Not a bad trade off to get protect and charge your Kindle!