Solar chargers, a revolutionary idea just a few short years ago, are popping up everywhere. We’ve featured dozens, maybe even 100 on this site to date. But none of them offer the simplicity and intuitive design of the Window Socket.
The brain child of designers Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, this nifty gadget is exactly what it sounds like: a tiny portable solar panel on one side and a traditional socket (albeit a European one) on the other. Combine that with the ability to stick to any type of glass window and BAM! you’re charging up, for free, in no time.
Imagine the possibilities (and the envy of all those within eye-shot) when you roll into the crowded airport gate area, and stick your very own power outlet onto the nearest window. Or when, on a long road trip, your companions’ phones are on the last bar, but yours is happily charging, connected to the Window Socket tucked neatly in a corner of the windshield.
Eliminating even the few moving parts associated with existing solar chargers was a main goal of Son and Oh. “So far we have seen solutions that act as a solar battery backup, but none as a direct plug-in. Simple in design, the plug just attaches to any window and does its job intuitively,” they write.
And the awesomeness of this concept doesn’t end there. The tiny charger also stores solar energy. After five to eight hours of charging, the socket provides 10 hours of use. “You can pop it off the window, stick it in your bag, and use it to charge up your phone with solar energy, even if you’re sitting in a dark room,” reports Grist.