Computers & Mobile
Solar Cellphone

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]

24 thoughts on “Solar Cellphone

  1. 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?

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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. 

  9. 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. 

  10. 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. 

  11. 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. 

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