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Do you have a bunch of electronic gadgets that you need to recharge while you travel? How about a solar charged backpack that harvests the sun’s energy efficiently to keep your gadgets juiced?

The Solar Backpack Backstory
When Australian hiker, Shayne McQuade found himself frustrated with his solar charger while trekking in Spain, he used his background as a builder to create a solar-charged backpack. That DIY prototype led to the birth of Voltaic Systems. Today, Shawn’s products are made mostly of recycled plastic bottles. His solar chargers and charging bags come with a range of adapters so that you can recharge just about anything you have in your electronics collection.

Why these backpacks are green:

  • save money on electric
  • shrinks your energy footprint
  • keep you safe when you go off-grid
  • made from recycled plastic bottles

What can you charge?

  • cell phones and smartphones
  • cameras
  • iPods

How long does it take to charge?

  • 4-5 hours in the sun will fully charge a typical phone
  • 1 hour will provide about 3 hours of talk time
  • Universal USB battery stores power for use anytime and is specially designed to charge efficiently from solar

What happens if there is no sun?

When the backpack is not in the sun, the battery can be charged using the USB Power Cable.

When I spotted this backpack over on the Daily Grommet website, I thought this might be a perfect graduation present for my son who will be traveling. What are your thoughts about such a product?

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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12:10PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Awesome, thanks! Charging small devices with a PV backback is a great idea. There are also portable solar generators for larger appliances. Great for camping, tailgating, and light yard work. They weight a little more, but help expand the influence of solar power to other facets of living and recreation.

6:45AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

The modern world brings to you solar powered backpack! How cool is that? Why not make use of the free solar energy? Aside from saving up money, it is also one great way to help save the environment. Less need for electric power industries. Another way to help save the world is to but quality home products that of lifetime use like Frameless Glass Shower Doors. Its so durable that it last for up to 5-10 years. You don't need to buy and buy, a waste of money and resources. This is one great deal of shower doors.

8:26PM PST on Jan 2, 2012

they are pretty cool portable solar chargers indeed. I also found some smaller pocket sized solar chargers that you should check out also Portable Solar Power Systems

9:03PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Oops. Forgot to add that Home Depot and Ace Hardware both recycle batteries - for those of you that have had my experince with the rechargable type. They haven't worked in several of the things I use batteries for. Frustrating! Money spent and still have to buy batteries. Can't wait until I don't have to use them at all!

8:59PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Like the solar backpack idea!

12:55PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

I can't believe that no one ever thought of this earlier! I want one!

1:21AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

This sounds great

1:17PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

In July, 2001, I went on a 12 day backpacking trip for Boy Scouts, and the leader of our crew purchased about a 8x16 inch solar panel and basically rigged it to the top of his backpack (external pack - rarely used now). This solar panel was used to re-charge his video camera. Ten years later it's nice to see solar technology being built in with backpacks and bags... I truly hope these will be mainstream someday soon!

6:37AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

too good to be real...:)

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