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Photovoltaic Backpack

Josh Rubin reports that Voltaic Systems is now accepting orders for their backpacks with solar panels:

The Voltaic backpack is a mobile power source, designed to charge your gadgets without tying you to a power outlet. Embedded in the back of the bag are three tough, light weight, waterproof solar panels, which generate up to 4 watts of power. Inside the bag is a Li Ion battery pack. As in a solar powered house, the battery stores energy so it is available when you need it, not just when the sun is up.

That’s pretty cool, but unfortunately it can’t recharge laptops. It weighs 3.5 lbs, which isn’t bad if you compare it with a similar-looking non-photovoltaic pack like this one. It comes in at about 2.2 lbs.

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