When we usually think of solar powered devices, we tend to imagine something utilitarian and awkwardly designed. Although that often seems to be the case, there is definitely some tech out their that is able to incorporate solar panels in a subtle and chic way. Even though we’re not quite at a point where we can power a laptop purely from sunlight, we can however recharge the batteries they run on. Take a look at some of the cool solar rechargeable tech we’ve found, after the jump.
Electree Charging Station – This unique charging station was created by French designer Vivian Muller. Each of the Electree’s 27 leaves are solar panels that charge a 13,500 mAh battery. The battery (located under the panel of the tree) fully charges in less than 36 hours of sunlight. The Electree can be used to charge all of your small devices like your mp3 player and smartphone via USB.
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac – This is the Mac version of Logitech’s solar powered K750 keyboard. On one full charge it lasts for at least 3 months, even in the dark. The Logitech unifying receiver easily works with other compatible wireless mice or keyboards so you won’t have to deal with the hassle of multiple USB receivers. Available in silver, black, blue, green and pink.
Samsung NC215S Solar Netbook – The NC215S is a new netbook from Samsung that features a solar panel on the lid. It has a 10.1″ matte finish screen (good for outdoor use) and 1024 x 600 resolution. Includes a 250GB HDD, 1GB of RAM and Windows 7.
Tascam’s TC-1S Guitar Tuner – This little device is the world’s first solar-rechargeable tuner. It reaches full charge in 25 minutes. It works for 6 hours with constant use and lasts for an impressive 7 years of standby charge in the dark. The TC-1S features a built-in microphone, 1/4″ input for guitar/bass and includes a nylon strap and clip. The tuner is wrapped in shock-proof silicone and is available in 6 colors.
Spark Tablet Case – This case will charge not only your iPad but most other tablets, smartphones and digital cameras. The battery stores over a full iPad charge in 10 hours of direct sunlight. The solar panels generate 8.0 watts and are waterproof and lightweight. This nifty bag also features interior mesh pockets to store your cables and adapters.
By Vivian Kim.
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