Solar Paper

We reckon in this day and age running out of juice for your phone or tablet is inexcusable. With the vast range of tech on offer, you should always have a back-up plan. One of the coolest devices we’ve seen in that mould is the Solar Paper!

The Solar Paper is the thinnest and lightest solar charger around and the makers say they can reliably charge your smartphone in about 2 and 1/2 hours on a sunny day. If true, that’s about the same as a wall charger.

The Solar Paper is so lightweight that outdoorsy Joes can clip it to a backpack and charge while you’re hiking. And if you’re an urban Joe the Solar Paper will easily slip it into a jacket pocket or notebook.

The main problem you’ll find with most solar chargers is they tend to shut down and need to be manually reset after a cloud passes overhead and the voltage drops. With the Solar Paper, you’ve got no need to worry – it automatically resets itself so you can keep charging, hassle free.

The Solar Panel comes in 5 watt, 7.5 watt and 10 watt chargers, with 2, 3 or 4 panels, respectively. The basic 5 watt Solar Paper can charge your smartphone on a sunny day. But if you need more power to charge a tablet, or you’re experiencing Great British cloud-cover, you might want to think about a bigger watt output.

It comes with a USB port so it can charge almost any device that recharges via USB, including, smartphones, tablets, walkie talkies, flashlights, portable game consoles, cameras, video cameras, and rechargeable batteries.

The Solar Paper uses magnets which comes with a load of advantages. Firstly, there’s no wear and tear on seams when you fold or unfold the panels, greatly extending Solar Paper’s life. The magnets are also fairly strong, so you can use them to mount Solar Paper to metallic objects.

It’s being sold on Kickstarter and although it’s only a few days in, it’s already smashed its target of $50,000 right out of the park raising half a million in just a few days! People seem to really love solar… You can get hold of a 5W Solar Paper via Kickstarter for around £50 or a 10W for around £90! If you bid for the first batch of Solar Papers, you’ll get your device in September this year.