Solar Vox Charger Designer Seeks Funding

Solar Vox, the unique portable solar charger that we told you about in August, has taken to the Kickstarter online funding platform in an effort to bring the American-designed project to market.

“Our dream, as Detroit product designers, is to design and assemble products in the Motor City, one of the hardest hit economies in the US,” designer Eric Botzen says on the Solar Vox Kickstarter page. “We have several other ideas cooking on the back burner. But first we need to get the Solar Vox into production.”

Solar Vox, solar charger, Eric Botzen

image via Kickstarter

Botzen is seeking $35,000 through Kickstarter; as of Dec. 27, he was about $2,600 toward that goal, with a deadline of Jan. 28, 2011.

Solar Vox features a design that allows it to harvest the rays of the sun at four different angles. It can charge cell phones, iPods, and other devices. It also has the capability to charge two standard “AA” rechargeable batteries and is USB-compliant.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.