What’s in your wallet?
If a California start-up gets its way, the answer could soon be: a built-in solar-powered phone charger.
Design company Luca Bozzi has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the world’s first solar-powered wallet, which provides up to 10 hours of battery life to your iOS or Android device (or anything else that uses microUSB, like your Kindle or Fitbit) through a discrete sunshine-compatible charging cable.
“The Lucca Bozzi Solar Wallet is a modern interpretation of the classic bi-fold wallet, bettering your everyday by providing +10 extra hours of charge when you need it most - without taking up any of your personal space,” the company states on its Kickstarter page.
“Fused with cutting-edge technology, Solar Wallet integrates intelligent circuitry, charging cables and a renewable energy source, while maintaining the traditional beauty of an Italian wallet.”
While the wallet’s battery recharges with the help of any light source, you can also charge it by connecting it to a computer while simultaneously using it to power your phone.
The company says Solar Wallet was inspired by the fact that modern devices offer more functions than ever – and thus require more power than ever – but battery advancements simply haven’t kept up.
The wallet is about the size of an iPhone, and has undergone a “multitude of rigorous weight distribution tests” to “ensure it’s back-pocket safe”, according to the company. In other words, you can collapse on the couch at the end of a long day without fear of cracking your new valuable in half.
Kickstarter pledges for Solar Wallet begin at $99, with an estimated delivery of December 2017.
h/t Men’s Health