The Danish company infinityPV has developed the most compact solar charger in the world and is trying to crowdfund its way to funding on Kickstarter.
The charger, named HeLi-on, can roll up its solar cells in a little holster that can fit in a pocket and be used to charge a phone or device anywhere.
“The HeLi-on charger combines three key components into a single product: a large energy-collecting solar panel, an energy storage battery bank and efficient electronics,” infinityPV wrote on its Kickstarter page.
“All the features are combined in a slick and light design for convenience. HeLi-on will let you charge your smartphone in 2-3 hours [it takes longer in cloudy weather], whenever and wherever you need.”
And it seems the HeLi-on is already an early success. With 42 days still to go in its kickstarter campaign (here in English), the charger has already attracted over 625,000 kroner in backing – well above the required 500,000 kroner.
The solar panel that comes with HeLi-on is about 1 metre in length and the holster it rolls up into is about 11.3 cm long, about 3 cm wide and only weighs about 105 grams.
Should the product be developed on schedule, the first chargers will ship out sometime in July next year.