When you’re out there on the street, fighting for your right to protest a government that would rather pretend like you don’t exist, it’s tough to find access to a reliable source of power. You could duck into nearby coffee shops or retail stores and poach some of their power, but chances are they’ve been brainwashed by the mainstream media into thinking you’re a terrorist, so that probably won’t work. Besides, there are just too many occupiers and not enough outlets.
The global Occupy movement isn’t about taking what doesn’t belong to us or relying on anyone’s charity, including the federal government, so why not declare energy independence instead? So, clever occupiers came up with bike-powered generators to that turned human energy into electricity. But these weren’t as effective when everyone was asleep.
When the team at Revolt Labs heard that the Occupy Wall Street movement was coming to Boston, they decided to show their support in a way that only a hacker can: they whipped up a Solar charging USB box that protesters could use to keep their phones and video cameras charged while camping.
Using a box from an Army surplus store, a 7805 voltage regulator, a few caps and a diode, the box’s five solar panels are capable of putting out two watts of power…each. This regulated output goes to a hub where any USB capable device can then receive a fresh charge. And true to the open, sharing nature of the Occupy movement, Revolt Labs isn’t trying to keep the design a secret. You can access pictures and directions for building one of your own on their website.
Images via Revolt Lab