The Voltaic Solar Panel Messenger Bag – portable solar power
This seems like such a no-brainer. Get someone a messenger back with its own juice. But there are some hang ups. Will this person be able to access the sun? Some offices lacking windows just aren’t set up for a mid-afternoon recharge. But if you’re pretty sure the prospective message bag owner can re-up when it’s time to re-charge the iPod, cell phone or digital camera, then this is a most thoughtful and eco-friendly gift. Not only can the Voltaic Solar Panel Messenger Bag claim energy from the sky, it’s made of recycled PET plastic (typically very durable).
The bag also comes with a battery to store surplus energy, so electronics can be charged after the sun goes down. The battery’s converter also lets you charge from a wall socket. The Voltaic’s battery pack needs 8-10 hours of direct sunlight to be fully charged; cell phones and iPods need 4 to 6 hours. Also available in a backpack, suitable for students or people who work outside.
Messenger bag sold at Reuseable Bags.com, Amazon.com and other outlets. $199