Designers of solar chargers need to deal with a certain issue: how to build a charger so that it had easy access to maximum sunlight, without much effort on the user's part. One clever solution was to combine solar cells with a bikini, but unfortunately that's really only useful on the beach. The Quirky community, a social project based around product development, has come up with another solution - it's the Ray solar charger, and it features a suction cup and a kickstand.
Utilizing a USB port suitable for numerous portable gadgets, the Ray solar charger reportedly stores enough energy to fully power a cell phone. Its suction cup can be used on any glass surface, such as house windows, or windows in cars and planes. In-car use while driving (as suggested by the picture) is a dubious idea, however, given the prevalence of lighter-based car chargers.
The tilting kickstand allows users to place the charger on flat surfaces, and also serves as a place to store the USB cord.
The Ray solar charger is now available for preorder, and is priced at US$39.99. The production will not start until 2,000 orders are placed (there were over 600 at the time of writing).
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