Portable Solar Chargers

When Australian Shayne McQuade found himself frustrated with his solar charger while hiking in Spain back in 2003, he used his background as a builder to make his own solar-charging backpack. That prototype led to the birth of Voltaic Systems in 2004 in New York City. Today, Shawn’s products are made mostly of recycled plastic bottles. His solar chargers and charging bags all come with a range of adapters so that you can recharge just about anything you have in your electronics collection. These solar chargers can not only save you money on your electric bill but also shrink your energy footprint. They’re the perfect solution for those times when you go “off-grid” to enjoy the great outdoors. You can recharge your smartphone with just 4-5 hours of sunlight (similar chargers can take up to 16 hours to do the same job). Voltaic’s chargers also work like a charm with cameras, handheld games and music devices. * Due to unexpected demand after the Japan earthquake, AMP orders will ship 4/15.

Voltaic Systems

Solar Powered Chargers

Portable Solar Chargers

When Australian Shayne McQuade found himself frustrated with his solar charger while hiking in Spain back in 2003, he used his background as a builder to make his own solar-charging backpack. That prototype led to the birth of Voltaic Systems in 2004 in New York City. Today, Shawn’s products are made mostly of recycled plastic bottles. His solar chargers and charging bags all come with a range of adapters so that you can recharge just about anything you have in your electronics collection. These solar chargers can not only save you money on your electric bill but also shrink your energy footprint. They’re the perfect solution for those times when you go “off-grid” to enjoy the great outdoors. You can recharge your smartphone with just 4-5 hours of sunlight (similar chargers can take up to 16 hours to do the same job). Voltaic’s chargers also work like a charm with cameras, handheld games and music devices. * Due to unexpected demand after the Japan earthquake, AMP orders will ship 4/15.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Krissie
    Krissie

    Hi, I'm Krissie, and I handle most sales inquiries for Voltaic. When I'm not managing customers and retail stores, I like to garden (especially compost!) in my Brooklyn backyard, and bake sourdough bread.

    Please give me a shout today if you have any questions on charging compatibility, usage, or anything else that gets into geeky territory.

  • Melanie Shellito
    Melanie Shellito
    3/23/2011 12:27 PM

    hello! I see the dimension of the backpack is 18". I have a 17" MacBook Pro... will my computer fit in that backpack? Can I charge the laptop while it's in the laptop compartment?

    Love this concept! thanks in advance!

  • Krissie
    Krissie – Special Guest
    3/23/2011 12:36 PM

    @Melanie Shellito: The Backpack will fit up at a 17" Macbook Pro, but it won't charge the laptop, as the bag is limited to charging handheld electronics.

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    3/23/2011 12:39 PM

    Will this work through home and car windows? Love it!

  • Krissie
    Krissie – Special Guest
    3/23/2011 12:50 PM

    @Wendy: Good question! While it's possible to get somewhat of a charge off a clean, sun-filled window in a car or home, we don't think your charge times will be as efficient as if you're outside. Also, if trying to charge from a window, be sure that the charger is directly facing the sun, and that no part of the panel is in the shade, as this will drop its efficiency considerably.

  • DoesDallas
    DoesDallas
    3/23/2011 2:50 PM

    I will be visiting Tanzania later this year. Since the generator time is limited in many of the places we stay. I want to confirm that it will take a normal 2 or 3 prong plug and will work with recharging camera batteries by charger as well as cell phones and iPods. If so, this will be a great addition to the trip. Thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/23/2011 2:57 PM

    @DoesDallas: I will let Krissie confirm functionality for you but just wanted to say that that sounds like an incredible trip. We wish you safe travels.

  • Krissie
    Krissie – Special Guest
    3/23/2011 3:34 PM

    @DoesDallas: The battery included can charge either directly from the panels or from any USB-in (such as your laptop). There are no 2 or 3 prong plugs needed to charge the battery, unless you were to purchase an optional AC adapter from us, which would allow you to charge the battery from a wall outlet. The chargers can charge camera batteries in addition to cell phones and iPods.

    Enjoy your trip to Tanzania!

  • Debbi
    Debbi
    3/23/2011 8:36 PM

    Will these charge the new iPad2? I read down, but didn't see any more mention about the iPad...

    Thanks, Debbi

  • Krissie
    Krissie – Special Guest
    3/24/2011 10:17 AM

    @Debbi: All of our 4 Watt chargers (Amp, Fuse, Switch, Converter, OffGrid) will charge the iPad2, however it will be pretty slow. It will take about 20 hours in the sun. We recommend you get our iPhone adapter if you choose to go this route since it seems to work better than the USB cable that comes with the iPad2. See our post here: http://voltaicsystems.com/blog/ipad2-charger-test/

    We're working on a dedicated iPad / Tablet case but we don't expect it for another two months or so. You can sign up for our mailing list to be notified when it is available here: http://www.voltaicsystems.com/email-newsletter.shtml

  • GrammieOfSix
    GrammieOfSix
    4/25/2011 10:11 AM

    How long does it usually take to charge iPhone's? Nintendo DS? How many items can you charge at one time? We are taking a long flight (12 Hours) soon with a 6 year old and want him to be able to play games to make the time go faster. We are planning on taking our iPhone 4, iPad2 and Nintendo DS but are not sure the charges will last the whole time. (I'll be using the iPad2 to read)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/25/2011 10:34 AM

    @GrammieOfSix: This isn't the charger that you would take for recharging on a flight as you don't have any direct sunlight to be recharging its battery pack. Some airplanes have outlets accessible. If there is a USB port, you could use the Powerstick recharger. This sounds like it will be an amazing experience for this six year old if you can just get through the flight!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Voltaic Systems

Solar Powered Chargers

Portable Solar Chargers

When Australian Shayne McQuade found himself frustrated with his solar charger while hiking in Spain back in 2003, he used his background as a builder to make his own solar-charging backpack. That prototype led to the birth of Voltaic Systems in 2004 in New York City. Today, Shawn’s products are made mostly of recycled plastic bottles. His solar chargers and charging bags all come with a range of adapters so that you can recharge just about anything you have in your electronics collection.

These solar chargers can
not only save you money on your electric bill but also shrink your energy footprint. They’re the perfect solution for those times when you go “off-grid” to enjoy the great outdoors. You can recharge your smartphone with just 4-5 hours of sunlight (similar chargers can take up to 16 hours to do the same job). Voltaic’s chargers also work like a charm with cameras, handheld games and music devices.

* Due to unexpected demand after the Japan earthquake, AMP orders will ship 4/15.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Krissie
    Krissie

    Hi, I'm Krissie, and I handle most sales inquiries for Voltaic. When I'm not managing customers and retail stores, I like to garden (especially compost!) in my Brooklyn backyard, and bake sourdough bread.

    Please give me a shout today if you have any questions on charging compatibility, usage, or anything else that gets into geeky territory.

  • Melanie Shellito
    Melanie Shellito
    3/23/2011 12:27 PM

    hello! I see the dimension of the backpack is 18". I have a 17" MacBook Pro... will my computer fit in that backpack? Can I charge the laptop while it's in the laptop compartment?

    Love this concept! thanks in advance!

  • Krissie
    Krissie – Special Guest
    3/23/2011 12:36 PM

    @Melanie Shellito: The Backpack will fit up at a 17" Macbook Pro, but it won't charge the laptop, as the bag is limited to charging handheld electronics.

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    3/23/2011 12:39 PM

    Will this work through home and car windows? Love it!

  • Krissie
    Krissie – Special Guest
    3/23/2011 12:50 PM

    @Wendy: Good question! While it's possible to get somewhat of a charge off a clean, sun-filled window in a car or home, we don't think your charge times will be as efficient as if you're outside. Also, if trying to charge from a window, be sure that the charger is directly facing the sun, and that no part of the panel is in the shade, as this will drop its efficiency considerably.

  • DoesDallas
    DoesDallas
    3/23/2011 2:50 PM

    I will be visiting Tanzania later this year. Since the generator time is limited in many of the places we stay. I want to confirm that it will take a normal 2 or 3 prong plug and will work with recharging camera batteries by charger as well as cell phones and iPods. If so, this will be a great addition to the trip. Thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/23/2011 2:57 PM

    @DoesDallas: I will let Krissie confirm functionality for you but just wanted to say that that sounds like an incredible trip. We wish you safe travels.

  • Krissie
    Krissie – Special Guest
    3/23/2011 3:34 PM

    @DoesDallas: The battery included can charge either directly from the panels or from any USB-in (such as your laptop). There are no 2 or 3 prong plugs needed to charge the battery, unless you were to purchase an optional AC adapter from us, which would allow you to charge the battery from a wall outlet. The chargers can charge camera batteries in addition to cell phones and iPods.

    Enjoy your trip to Tanzania!

  • Debbi
    Debbi
    3/23/2011 8:36 PM

    Will these charge the new iPad2? I read down, but didn't see any more mention about the iPad...

    Thanks, Debbi

  • Krissie
    Krissie – Special Guest
    3/24/2011 10:17 AM

    @Debbi: All of our 4 Watt chargers (Amp, Fuse, Switch, Converter, OffGrid) will charge the iPad2, however it will be pretty slow. It will take about 20 hours in the sun. We recommend you get our iPhone adapter if you choose to go this route since it seems to work better than the USB cable that comes with the iPad2. See our post here: http://voltaicsystems.com/blog/ipad2-charger-test/

    We're working on a dedicated iPad / Tablet case but we don't expect it for another two months or so. You can sign up for our mailing list to be notified when it is available here: http://www.voltaicsystems.com/email-newsletter.shtml

  • GrammieOfSix
    GrammieOfSix
    4/25/2011 10:11 AM

    How long does it usually take to charge iPhone's? Nintendo DS? How many items can you charge at one time? We are taking a long flight (12 Hours) soon with a 6 year old and want him to be able to play games to make the time go faster. We are planning on taking our iPhone 4, iPad2 and Nintendo DS but are not sure the charges will last the whole time. (I'll be using the iPad2 to read)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/25/2011 10:34 AM

    @GrammieOfSix: This isn't the charger that you would take for recharging on a flight as you don't have any direct sunlight to be recharging its battery pack. Some airplanes have outlets accessible. If there is a USB port, you could use the Powerstick recharger. This sounds like it will be an amazing experience for this six year old if you can just get through the flight!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.