As electronics become more and more important, there comes a problem with them: Keeping the things fully charged so you can keep using them. It’s a problem Aspect Solar is working on, and they’ve got two products out there to ensure you’re always juiced.
First, obviously, is the solar generator, namely the Sunsocket. There are two innovative features that make the Sunsocket stand out compared to other solar devices. First of all, everything you need to charge up is packed into a suitcase; you don’t need any sort of exterior devices. And it’s relatively light too; it uses a lithium iron phosphate battery to extend life and save weight as opposed to heavy lead acid batteries.
Next, there’s the rather important feature of following the sun. Solar arrays have to stay in the sun as much as possible to function, of course, so sun-tracking is a useful feature to say the least.
That said, it’s always useful to have a backup, which is what the Energybar serves as. Essentially, it’s a battery back up for everything; obviously it can be charged from solar panels, including one that Aspect is working on. But you can also plug it into the wall to charge it up, and it’s safe to haul aboard airplanes as a carry-on.
The Future of Solar?
Obviously this is aimed at people who either will be camping for a while and want to stay in touch, or people who are convinced having a small, powerful solar generator will be extremely handy in fairly short order. While we can’t speak to the “prepper” aspect, it is neat to have a fully self-contained solar generator system handy for when you’re in the woods, or just want to stay fully charged. Currently, the Sunsocket is $2000 and the Energybar is $499.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.