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Startup creates ultra-lightweight solar charger

Posted: 23 Jul 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Yolk? solar charger? notebook? smartphone? LCD?

Yolk, a South Korean startup, has developed what it describes as a paper thin and ultra-lightweight solar charger. The solar design company has raised more than $500,000 of its $50,000 goal in its crowdfunding campaign.

Designed to be as thin and aesthetically pleasing as possible, the charger, called Solar Paper, is claimed to be "the world's thinnest and lightest solar charger." It is thin enough that it can be placed inside a notebook or planner, yet the basic 5W version is powerful enough to charge a smartphone in 2.5 hours on a sunny day according to the company.

Ultra-lightweight solar charger

Modular in design, Solar Paper can be expanded to handle larger devices by adding new magnetic panels in place. As part of their campaign, the company is offering 5W, 7.5W and 10W chargers, with two, three or four panels, respectively.

The charger works with almost any device that charges via USB and measures 9cm x 19cm x 1.1cm when folded, and weighs 120g. It also includes an LCD current metre that displays the amount of current between the charger and device at any time. The first shipments are expected to start in September.

- Rich Pell
??EE Times Europe

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