Alta Devices is one of two US startups that have been producing lightweight solar charging devices for a few years now. While breaking some records along the way, it has now produced what it claims is the lightest solar charging mat available. Weighing no more than 0.11 kgs and a little larger than an A4 piece of paper, it is durable and military strong. But it won’t be long before this type of solar charging mobility finds its way to the general consumer.
Solar charging panels have been around for quite a while, mostly on the roofs of homes and beach houses, but Alta Devices have been making smaller, more compact versions for people on the move for years now.
The opportunities for mobile power are limitless. Imagine a shirt that has solar charging cells embedded and can charge your mobile phone as you walk. It’s not a far off idea…
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