Solar-Powered Mouse Makes It Easier To Go Wireless

Smartphones and tablets may be in vogue, but there are still millions of us who do most of our surfing on an old school computer. When using a desktop or laptop, navigating the Web is easier with the aid of a mouse. In the early days, mice were big and bulky, with messy wires that connected them to the computer.

Wireless mice make it much easier to compute no matter where you are, but their fading batteries cause yet another wasteful problem. That’s why the folks at Bondidea thought up this adorable solar-powered mouse. If it catches on, it could signal a shift in the way we use and power our computer peripherals.

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Image via Bondidea

First the cool stuff: the Bondidea mouse is dual-powered by either battery or the sun via a small solar panel on its surface. As pointed out in this review, it takes only a single AAA battery which the company claims will last for years if offset by enough solar power. The device’s AVAGO high speed laser engine provides precise selections and smooth operation, while the DPI changing button lets you switch the mouse resolution easily. This all comes wrapped in an compact, ergonomic shell that fits easily in either hand.

Now for the tiny critique: positioning the solar panel on the area of the mouse that’s almost always covered by your hand seems impractical, although I don’t really see where else they could put it. Also, the company’s description provides no information as to whether the mouse can charge on artificial light or only direct, natural sunlight. If it’s only natural sunlight, it’s hard to see how this will be an attractive option for those who spend most of their work time in a cubical, illuminated by fluorescent lights.

At any rate, the Bondidea solar-powered mouse is compatible with Mac, Linux and PC and available for $36.00. If you try it, be sure to let us know what you think!

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

  • Solarjpl

    Interested to see if it would indeed work adequately..  But, FYI, if you look closely at the tiny solar panel, it is more than likely made of Amorphous Silicon (aSi) which is the material that you see in virtually ALL calculators and it works very well inside with artificial and indirect light. 

  • Mike

    if the solar power is anything like the Logitech K750 Solar Powered Wireless Keyboard, of which I have 17now as I replaced all our existing keyboards with in our office, the mouse will be a fantastic addition. Add the fact that one doesn’t have one’s hand on a mouse 24/7 the positioning of the solar panel is in the best to capture light to store as energy for use later.