Keep your gadgets powered up with an easy mod to a messenger bagâ€”and help from the sun
By Dave ProchnowPosted 02.13.2007 at 2:00 am 4 Comments
Dead batteries are the scourge of cellphone jockeys and iPod people everywhere. But you can avoid volt loss by charging your gadgets while you carry them. Just equip an old messenger bag with a lightweight, weather-proof solar panel, a simple connector and a few electronic bits, and the sun will do the rest. With a panel this small, don't expect to fully restore a dead iPod in an afternoon, but an hour of light can top off a semi-charged battery or create enough juice to make a call. (You don't even have to be outsidejust set the bag near a sunny window.) No more suffering in silence.