Portable solar chargers can be found just about anywhere these days, but one critical difference which sets Kickstarter project SunVolt apart from its large pool of competitors is its ability to charge multiple electronic devices as quickly and effectively as an outlet found in your home. While other trickle charging solar devices may take their sweet time charging your gadgets, SunVolt creator Don Cayelli claims his device charges all of your gadgets directly from the sun with "outlet speeds."
Apparently the magic comes from the device's monocrystalline photovoltaic panels. The technology allows room for very efficient solar charging in a smaller, compact package. Backed by a lifetime warranty, the charger comes in a ballistic nylon package and two versions: a 15W and a 10W. The larger of the two measures like a notebook case when zipped up, with dimensions of 17.5 x 11.5 x 1.5-inches while the smaller measures in at 13 x 11.5 x 1.5-inches.
The 15W package features three charging ports while the 10W package features two. In addition, both chargers will have a pair of USB charging slots along with Micro-USB ad Mini-USB ports. An affordable pledge of $85 will get you a 10W SunVolt while a $105 pledge will get you the 15W edition. With just 8 days left until funding, the project has achieved $44,311 with an original goal of $30,000. Head on over to the Kickstarter page here to reserve your very own SunVolt.
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Do I need new glasses?
Where do you see soldering in the photos ?
I come here because the other forum members are generally bright and intelligent, must be having an off day today though...
what would be really nice is if they had a small inverter and battery pack on it so you could get lets say an hour worth of 15A (roughly 1650w) of power instead of 15W of power. Then you could get some real use out of this idea other than carrying around a laptop size bag to charge your phone with.
This is the issue I have with people pushing green energy on us... they want us to believe its just as good as what we're used to and its not... at least not without a LOT more scaling up. Sure you can run several hundred homes off of the largest solar plant in the world (in spain) but its only 20MW and takes up several square miles IIRC. The amount of power generated by the average coal plant is around 650MW of power and its about the size of a football field or two. Currently at least, solar is a horrible alternative.
It would almost be easier for the people behind this project to give you a small propane tank, a metal container, some pipes, and a fan attached to a small electric motor via a shaft and have you create your own electricity like that (just add water). Would cost about 100 bucks for all that too and would generate WAY more power. Just wouldnt be as convenient to carry.
I literally could walk into my room and build one right now.
It looks like this
All of which I have bits and pieces lying around waiting to be recycled. There isn't any "new" technology in it at all, it isn't even a new idea.