What’s Next: Solar powered chargers making use of flexible solar panels

Flexible solar panel Charger

As we know it

One of the biggest concern for everyone today is to recharge the many small gadgets that have become an irreplaceable part of life. While these gadgets ensure connectivity with the larger world and allow you to go to places without worrying for any job undone or on an expedition, they also consume a lot of electricity for recharging. This becomes a constraint, especially when you are planning for a long vacation at some unexplored locations. As such location may not have regular electricity supply and you may get actually cut-off from the world during your journey. However, a few researchers have developed portable devices that you can carry along with you. They mostly depend on the renewable solar energy for recharging your gadgets. Also, they allow you to stop using conventional batteries that often contain harmful chemicals which get mixed with the soil and water when thrown after use.





Need for change

As said above, all the gadgets depend on batteries that require electricity for recharging. With the increase in number of gadgets, the burden on environment created by conventional sources of electricity has also increased. We need to shift to alternative sources of energy like the sunlight and wind for a safe and better future.

What’s Next?

1. SolarRoll Flexible solar panel to recharge gadgets

SolarRoll

What’s new?

SolarRoll is a flexible solar panel that helps to recharge the gadgets while you are traveling. It converts the solar energy into electricity for this purpose. The device can be rolled and carried in a small backpack. It is made up of photovoltaic cells and produces up to 14W of electricity for recharging small devices like cell phones and digital cameras. The SolarRoll also comes with a one year manufacturers warranty.

What difference will it make?





SolarRoll will be extremely helpful for those who spend most of their times outdoors, especially for the travelers and during outdoor expeditions. The device not only produces clean energy from sunlight but is also weather proof, UV transparent and comes in a convenient storage tube. This will end all your worries for recharging gadgets at a small onetime investment of about $199-$479.

2. Suntrica brings flexible solar chargers to your pocket

Suntrica

What’s new?

Suntrica is another flexible device that uses solar energy for recharging small gadgets. The portable device is small enough to fit into your pocket. It has been made from a new thin-film solar panel technology and stores the solar energy in an internal battery for recharging many small portable gadgets. The pocket-sized device is available in three versions — SolarStrap™, SolarBadge™ and SolarBadgePRO™. All of them differ in their shape and produces about 3.7-7.3 watt of electricity per hour.

What difference will it make?





You can carry Suntrica even in your regular pocket along with another portable gadget like a cell phone. This will certainly end all your worries for recharging. Not only this, the 5.5V DC at 800mA output will allow you to recharge all other portable gadgets as well. The use of such portable charger is also extremely beneficial from the environmental point of view as it depends on solar energy which is available in plenty and also free of cost.

3. Flexible solar panels for green AA batteries

Flexible solar panels

What’s new?

Designed by Wu Jian in China, the Soft Solar battery is a portable device with a built-in soft battery that recharges itself by converting solar energy into electricity. The device uses a very small and flexible solar panel for this purpose. It can be rolled into a very small cylinder and used in the devices that still depend on conventional AA batteries for power.

What difference will it make?

True that the conventional AA batteries have been outplaced by the more advanced lithium-ion batteries. However, there are still many small devices like the TV remote control, traditional watches and old Walkman that depend on AA batteries. These batteries are generally thrown after use but they contain toxic chemicals which pollute the water and soil in our surrounding. However, the new Soft Solar batteries can be effectively used in place of the AA batteries. This will ensure zero-pollution from the traditional AA batteries. Also, it will allow you to travel and go on an expedition without worrying for the batteries of all your advanced small gadgets.