Few days back two high school students called Jackson Carter and Harrison Kendall messaged me saying they have put together a solar charger with a specifications of 13x15cm length, width and depth to be announced, 2.5 watt 500mA solar panel, a 5000 mAh battery, up to 5v/2A charging output.
I went to their Kickstarter campaign and found a wooden box with a solar panel at the top and two holes to the sides, which makes it far from a final consumer product. But still the model wasn’t the thing which caught my attention.
What’s interesting about the specs of the wooden prototype is that it had a 2A output. Even many solar chargers in the market do not have a 2A output. The charger will charge devices twice quickly.
I replied to Harrison with an email asking him for a detailed info about himself and his venture. Harrison did have a long and gripping story,
Who are these guys?
“Well to start of Jackson and I have been friends since we were five years old and have lived near each other since that time as well. We are just trying to get a head start on making a living while also providing a good product.
Last summer we unsuccessfully tried to develop an iPhone game but this year we stumbled across the idea of making a solar portable USB charger.”
What did they do?
“We started off with just a small 0.5 watt solar panel and quickly realized the need for a larger one and possibly even a battery to store power. We set out to find a panel that could help combine efficiency and portability.
Once we got our hands on a 2.5 watt 500 milliamp panel with 17% efficiency we realized we did in fact need a battery so that the charger would charge phones quickly while still being able to mainly rely on solar energy. We also decided to include a micro USB port to offer the convenience of being able to charge it on cloudy days or at night.”
What is the aim of their Kickstarter campaign?
“We have our kickstarter mainly to get enough money to buy a 3d printer to make plastic enclosures since they would be lighter and better looking than our current wooden prototype. We also are looking at ways to maximize the efficiency of the charger to expand our charger’s customizability and usefulness. We would love to offer it in different colors, with and without a battery, etc in the future.”
Well, if you feel these two interesting wannabes need their chance, you can support their current aim to buy a 3D printer for their solar charger in their Kickstarter campaign. They are half way down the road to reaching their $1500 goal.