Solar Power Battery Pack – Small Enough For Your Fanny Pack?

December 31, 2009 by  

For those of you who still wear a fanny pack – no, you won’t be able to fit a solar power battery pack in it. But who knows? With all the resources being put into solar power these days, I’m sure it will only be a few years before this is possible.

A Back Pack For Your Solar Pack

Although you can’t fit a solar power battery pack in your pocket, purse of bum bag, you can fit one inside of a back pack (rucksack). They cost about $200 (US) and are often called portable solar power battery packs.

Battery pack powered with solar energyOne company that makes this kind of solar power battery pack is RadioLabs. You can find them at camping, boating and RV supply shops.

What exactly is it that you’re carrying? Basically it looks like normal batteries, flexible solar power panels and connectors, all inside of a case that looks just like any regular back pack. RadioLabs’ version can generate up to 16 amps, which is enough to power a laptop for a couple of hours.

16 amps isn’t very high voltage. Attempts at making a higher voltage battery pack have resulted in unpredictable behaviour with the units. Since this could potentially be dangerous with all of that energy surging around, it’s best to have a lower voltage.

Don’t Be Stranded Without Your Solar Power Battery Pack

If you ever decide to take a three hour tour, make sure you bring your iPod and solar power battery pack with you. You won’t have to worry about never having music to listen to.

With the Noon Solar shoulder bag, the outside of the bag is covered in flexible solar panels that charge up your iPod, which is nesting comfortably inside of the bag. This will take about 6 hours to fully charge.

A solar power battery pack is essential for those who enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking. Do yourselves a favour and pick one up. When you see what you can do with these things, you’ll be glad you did.


2 Responses to “Solar Power Battery Pack – Small Enough For Your Fanny Pack?”

  1. Maurice Matonak on February 13th, 2013 5:07 pm

    Certainly, but we all need to realise that adding Solar on their home is an asset that could increase the long term valuation of their house if / when they choose to sell. With the environment the way it is going we simply cannot overlook any item that presents free power at no cost to both the shopper and more importantly the environment!

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