Solar-Harvesting Watch Charges Mobile Devices On The Go

Solar-Harvesting Watch Charges Mobile Devices On The Go

People will no longer need to be saddled with bulky, heavy chargers.

Serena Chu
  • 27 february 2014

Currently on Kickstarter, Carbon is a watch-style solar charger that generates power as it’s worn, proving to be a likable alternative to bulky portable chargers and external battery packs. Designed by EnergyBionics, this device can harness the energy of both indoor and outdoor light.

Though Carbon is designed to harvest solar energy throughout the day, it can also direct electricity into its high density 650 mAh lithium polymer battery via USB. This device can add an additional three hours of usage for any mobile device that’s compatible with an energy output of 1Amp, 5 Volts and 5 Watts.

solar harvesting smartwatch

Instead of a time-telling feature, the watch-face is actually a solar pane set in a metal silver or black case. The crown on the side is designed to be a screw-in cap for the 2.5 mm jack charging port, along with a function button and an LED indicator.

Not limited to just smartphones and tablets, Carbon comes with a variety charging cables: Apple Lightning and 30-pin; micro USB and regular USB.

Early supporters can pledge $95 or more to secure a device, with estimated shipment in August 2014. You can find out more about the campaign on its Kickstarter page.

Here is company’s Kickstarter introductory video, take a look.




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