Solar Charger Idea Has Flower Design

Industral designer Eric Botzen of Botzen Design has a plan to revitalize both Detroit and the battery of that portable electronic device in your pocket. It’s called the Solar Vox Ultra, and it recently made its debut at the Maker Faire in Motor City, USA.

The 2.0 version of the original Solar Vox, this solar charger eschews the clunky, bulky design of the original for a more compact, portable profile. Petal-like panels unfold to reveal the solar panel in the center, effectively chanelling the sun’s rays to the sweet spot where they can generate energy for your device.

Solar Vox Ultra solar charger

image via Botzen Design

The Solar Vox Ultra was designed for a long life span — 10+ years — and charges portables via a basic USB connector, negating the need for different charging tips (providing your device charges via USB). It was also designed to be manufactured in Detroit, and Botzen Design is currently seeking angel funding (preferably Michigan-based) to get this project off the ground.

Maker Faire is an event that travels all over the world, with recent or upcoming stops in the Bay Area, Detroit, and New York, also known as “The World’s Largest DIY Festival.” More information is available online.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.