Sun Worshipping

5:55 PM -- Its hot in NYC today -- really, really hot. So hot that it feels like you are walking into something solid when you leave the air-conditioned confines of the AT&T Building.

Up here on the 21st floor we get regular warnings about the need to conserve energy in order to prevent blackouts. Turn off lights you are not using, make sure you fry any eggs on your stomach rather than using the griddle, etc.

But, of course, we all have our cellphones, pagers, PDAs, and MP3 players in the office and they regularly get charged up. This got me wondering -- has anyone yet come up with a suitable design for a solar cellphone?

I've seen solar WiFi access points designed for use in the harsh climate of the Sahara and where have you. I don't, however, recall seeing a solar cellphone although I'm sure they must exist somewhere -- even if only in prototype form.

Or maybe the sun has just got to me and its a crazy idea. You know what they say about mad dogs and Englishmen.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

Rupert Rawnsley 12/5/2012 | 3:45:58 AM
re: Sun Worshipping A few options that I am aware of:

Integrated into phone: http://www.treehugger.com/file...

Integrated into battery: http://www.4lots.com/Solar/cel...

...and a bunch of external chargers...


I like the integrated battery option because you could have two and leave one sitting in the window to charge.
joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:45:57 AM
re: Sun Worshipping Interesting, so, at first glance, the main drawback is cost. You sound like you've tried the solar batteries. How well do they perform compared to standard cellphone powerpacks?


Rupert Rawnsley 12/5/2012 | 3:45:37 AM
re: Sun Worshipping I must confess I havn't tried any of them and I can't find much consumer comment on the web. The manufacturers seem to rate them very highly though ;-)

I expect it would turn out to be an expensive version of the flashlight on your keyring: it gives you a secure feeling, but you never use it.
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