Solar Laptop Charger For When You Can’t Plug In

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of traveling to South by Southwest, the tech and music-fueled festival held annually in Austin, Texas. If you think finding an open outlet at the airport is bad, just wait till you find yourself adrift in a sea of gadget toting tech-enthusiasts. Nightmare!

Today’s well-connected traveler needs to always-be-charging, but open electric outlets can be hard to find, and almost always offer electricity produced from fossil fuels. If you’re into a cleaner, more sophisticated style of energy, Voltaic Systems‘ newest solar laptop charger  could be just what you’ve been searching for.

Solar Laptop Generator

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Appropriately named “The Generator,” this solar charger offers larger battery capacity and lighter carrying case than Voltaic’s original design. It might look like a laptop charger, but according to the spec sheet, this case can power an entire mobile office: With an integrated 16 Watt solar panel, a 60 Watt hour battery pack, and a selection of eight different adapters, the Generator can power laptops, cell phones, tablets, cameras, and most other hand held electronics.

In addition to its energy generating capabilities, the Generator laptop bag features a 600D shell made from recycled PET (soda bottles),which is waterproof, lightweight and UV resistant to keep your gadgets safe while on the go.

The Universal Laptop Battery stores power for use anytime and is specially designed to charge efficiently from solar. But because there are times when the sun doesn’t shine, the battery can be charged using the included AC Charger or optional DC travel charger. According to Voltaic, just one hour of direct sun will provide about 45 minutes of runtime on efficient laptops. Retails at $399.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog