This Gadget Turns Any Window Into A Power Outlet

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.

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Image via Kyuho Song & Boa Oh/Yanko Design

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.

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Image via Kyuho Song & Boa Oh/Yanko Design

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.

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

    • mancfrank

      Hate to rain on the parade here but the amount of energy available from that panel is minuscule. The output from the solar panel has to be converted from dc to ac via a converter, and there is supposed to be a battery storing ‘ten hours of use’. Use of what? a single LED? a phone charger? Looks pretty but I don’t think it’s functional as a charger.

      • GRR

        Agreed. Good luck running a 90-watt laptop off of that thing…

    • name

      Cool I’ve been looking for a way to run my a/c and pool equipment at no cost! how many of these suction cup devices would I need to buy? 9 million?