Modern solar and battery technologies will soon make it into our everyday gadgets. Until then, you’ll have to hack together something akin to Paulie1982’s solar powered cellphone. [via hackaday]

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  • Anonymous

    Was wondering, instead of destroying the back of your phone, couldn’t the solar panels be surface mounted with velcro?

    Also, would it make sense to add a voltage regulator?

  • Anonymous

    Was wondering, instead of destroying the back of your phone, couldn’t the solar panels be surface mounted with velcro?

    Also, would it make sense to add a voltage regulator?

  • http://vrandy.myopenid.com/ VRAndy

    I would like to propose that there is no way he’s powering a smart-phone with the dinky panels he salvaged from a garden light

    Solar power on this scale is dubious enough, but you’d be hard-pressed to find less efficient panels than the ones in those garden lights that struggle to light a single LED.

    I’d be surprised if that gathers enough juice to keep the phone topped off in standby mode.

  • http://vrandy.myopenid.com/ VRAndy

    I would like to propose that there is no way he’s powering a smart-phone with the dinky panels he salvaged from a garden light

    Solar power on this scale is dubious enough, but you’d be hard-pressed to find less efficient panels than the ones in those garden lights that struggle to light a single LED.

    I’d be surprised if that gathers enough juice to keep the phone topped off in standby mode.

  • Michael Colombo

    agreed with VRAndy – real-life micro applications for solar like this are pretty dismal. I bet you’d harvest more power mounting some sort of mini faraday generator to the phone instead – charge it through walking motion in your pocket…

  • Michael Colombo

    agreed with VRAndy – real-life micro applications for solar like this are pretty dismal. I bet you’d harvest more power mounting some sort of mini faraday generator to the phone instead – charge it through walking motion in your pocket…

  • Michael Colombo

    agreed with VRAndy – real-life micro applications for solar like this are pretty dismal. I bet you’d harvest more power mounting some sort of mini faraday generator to the phone instead – charge it through walking motion in your pocket…

  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawmkSICvhwcj5PUsJg1ZLmQLMoFMUeON--0 John

    Read about this subject a couple weeks ago.  Is not going to happen.  Phones are hot enough already, phone manufacturer tests showed that the extra heat makes for unhappy phones. 

  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawmkSICvhwcj5PUsJg1ZLmQLMoFMUeON--0 John

    Read about this subject a couple weeks ago.  Is not going to happen.  Phones are hot enough already, phone manufacturer tests showed that the extra heat makes for unhappy phones. 

  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawmkSICvhwcj5PUsJg1ZLmQLMoFMUeON--0 John

    Read about this subject a couple weeks ago.  Is not going to happen.  Phones are hot enough already, phone manufacturer tests showed that the extra heat makes for unhappy phones. 

  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawmkSICvhwcj5PUsJg1ZLmQLMoFMUeON--0 John

    Read about this subject a couple weeks ago.  Is not going to happen.  Phones are hot enough already, phone manufacturer tests showed that the extra heat makes for unhappy phones. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/tommy.copeland1 Tommy Copeland

    A day late dollar short for me :~( there are portable you can plug. called and looked on us patents.oh will
    next.