Solar Powered Rechargeable Batteries

Sometimes you see an invention and it’s abundantly clear that you are looking at the future, today. That’s the case with these solar powered rechargeable batteries. It’s a solution that’s elegant yet simple- attach a solar cell to the outside of batteries. When your batteries run out of charge, just leave them by a window or a light fixture to charge up. Great for travel.

These are a homemade prototype called SunCat batteries, created by wrapping a flexible photovoltaic cell around a standard battery. Right now it’s simply attached with a flat wire which trickles the energy, so it barely provides enough juice to power the battery in any sort of timely manner. However, this is just a prototype proof of concept type product, so we should expect further innovations and advancements to it soon. I can totally see this being produced in the future.

knut via ohgizmo

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