Image via Concord Keystone
Made from reclaimed plastic bottles, this solar tote from Concord Keystone (yes, that very company that gave us the Weird Solar Device of the Day last week) is about to debut at CES 2010. Called the 4U2ReUSE Solar Sling - a name that admittedly needs a lot of work - it is one more item in the artillery for getting gadgets off grid. And it happens to be one of the more fashionable solar powered bags we've seen.Earthtechling notes, "The Solar Sling tote bag is made from recycled PET (reclaimed plastic bottles). It comes with an integrated solar panel and battery pack with USB connectors. These connectors can charge a variety of devices, such as mobile phones and digital cameras, while carried in the bag."
The press release claims that it's made 100% from recycled plastic, but we're assuming they mean just the tote part, since the solar cell and electrical wiring clearly aren't. Still, the company claims it's a more eco-friendly solar cell, stating, "The G24i Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) technology has a lower energy footprint, uses environmentally friendly raw materials and the ability to produce electricity in sun and shade conditions, as well as under indoor lighting conditions."
The solar cells, however, charges a battery to full with 5 hours of direct sunlight. While that's an average amount of time for solar totes on the market, it's still a long time to have your bag sitting out in the sun.
This one is one of the more attractive totes we've seen, with the solar cell not sticking out like a sore thumb, so props in that department. But we'd love to see solar cell efficiency boosted so that these bags can charge gadgets in the amount of time it takes to have lunch on the patio of a favorite restaurant or a picnic in the park. If totes could do that, we're certain more people would find them useful, and possibly get handheld devices off grid altogether.
We aren't sure of pricing and availability yet but will let you know as soon as we find it.
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