Just stick this portable outlet to your window to start using solar power

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, May 1, 2013.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    By Sarah Laskow
    window_socket2. Kyuho Song & Boa Oh
    We have seen a lot of solar chargers in our day. And among all of them, this is the first one we’ve seen that we will definitely run out and buy as soon as it’s made available in the U.S. It’s a portable socket that gets its power from the sun rather than the grid. You plug into a window instead of into the wall. It’s easy.
    That was the whole point, according to the designers, Kyohu Song and Boa Oh: “We tried to design a portable socket, so that users can use it intuitively without special training,” they write.
    It is really simple. The portable socket attaches to a window like a leech to human skin. On its underside, it has solar panels:
    window_socket5. Kyuho Song & Boa Oh
    The solar panels suck energy from the sun. The charger converts that energy into electricity. You plug in to the charger.
    Even better, the charger stores that energy. After five to eight hours of charging, the socket provides 10 hours of use. You can pop it off the window, stick it in your bag, and use it to charge up your phone with solar energy, even if you’re sitting in a dark room.


    Sarah Laskow is a reporter based in New York City who covers environment, energy, and sustainability issues, among other things. Follow her on Twitter.

    Just stick this portable outlet to your window to start using solar power | Grist
  2. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Nice idea, but totally unusable, in the Real World.... Notice that they give NO Technical Specs on the amount of power this thingy can store, or produce.... They tell you about Charging Times, and Powering Times, but NOTHING about just how much Power, or even an example, of what kind of device it can power, and for how long.... Basically you are buying a Pipe Dream, in a nice Plastic Thingy.... Sarah Laskow is a twit, and BS Artist...
  3. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    bt u be nice
  4. Donldson

    Donldson Monkey+

    It's cute, but BT is right on here. If you can put it in a south facing window that gets 8 uninterrupted hours of sunlight it's 1000mAh battery will charge to capacity. I don't see the voltage so that is a pretty meaningless number. The panel is so tiny I am doubting it is more than 5 volts, standard USB. I have seen larger solar battery chargers that barely worked, at least those could be tilted towards the sun.

    If you seriously want to charge a phone get a 5 watt panel and a car charger for your phone. On a sunny day it will charge your phone at the same speed as your wall charger.
  5. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

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