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November 6, 2004

Solar Powered Backpack


For the high-tech hiker, the Voltaic backpack ($229).

Charges your cellphone in 5-6 hours even if you've got no bars.

As long as you've got rays.

Embedded in the back of the pack are three waterproof solar panels, which generate up to 4 watts of power.

Inside the bag is a Li-Ion battery pack, which - just like a solar powered house - stores energy so it's available after sunset.

You can also charge the battery using an AC travel charger or car charger.

The website says the backpack is powerful enough to charge most portable electronics (other than laptops) including cellphones, cameras, two-way radios, GPSs, PDAs, and iPods.

It's specifically designed for electronics, with pockets for a cellphone and MP3 player on the shoulder strap and a second MP3 pouch inside the bag.

Wires run through hidden channels inside the bag to take power to the various pockets and devices, even the pouch on the shoulder strap.


Headphones can also use these channels to the shoulder strap.

The bag's made of UV-resistant, 840D nylon and padded with high-density foam.

It weighs only 3.5 lbs. with solar panels and battery pack.

A light on the side of the bag, visible when wearing the bag, indicates when the panels are generating a charge.

The panels, built on a strong, lightweight aluminum/plastic composite,


are integrated into the back of the pack such that they articulate, so the bag doesn't feel stiff or restrictive.

The battery pack includes a voltage converter


with three settings (5, 6, and 7.2 volts), a charge indicator, and a built-in LED flashlight.

Comes with a set of 4 standard adapters for different cellphone brands,


a set of 7 universal adapters, AC travel charger, car charger, and cigarette lighter socket.

Set to ship later this month, but they're taking preorders.

I predict they sell out the first production run really fast.

[via ubergizmo]

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can u tell me who invented the first solar backpack please for shool project. cheers

Posted by: tammy | Mar 15, 2008 7:55:44 AM

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