Window Socket is an idea so fabulously simple, it’s slightly amazing that we haven’t seen one before. Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an internal battery, which enables one to either plug small devices into the outlet right there and then, or save the stored power for use during nighttime hours.
Window Socket Portable Solar-Powered
According to Yanko Design, Kyuho Song & Boa Oh “tried to design a portable socket, so that users can use it intuitively without special training.” It sticks to a window with a suction plate that encircles the solar panel, and a basic outlet feeds the converted solar power to a device—and that’s pretty much it. As the designers point out, this is a charger/converter that can be used anywhere there’s daylight, particularly where there is restricted use of electricity, such as outdoors or on a plane.
At present, the Window Socket is still a concept. But in the near future the designers hope to increase its efficiency, energy storage and charge time. The battery on the Window Socket is very small; at 1000mAh the stored power might be about enough to charge a mobile phone—particularly if it were a USB outlet rather than a standard one, but it won’t be enough to power household appliances. And while it can provide 10 continuous hours of power on a full charge, it presently takes about 5-8 hours to fully charge. But even that can’t completely take a way from it’s awesome, simple design.
Harvested solar energy is stored in a 1000mAh rechargeable lithium battery (which can also be charged via USB). As others have pointed out, this is a smaller capacity than XD Design’s. Previous Window Solar Charger, which needed around 13 hours in bright sunlight to fully charge its battery. The reduced size of the Port Solar Charger’s battery means it’s better for top offs than full charges. Five LEDs on the charger indicate the amount of battery charge left.
Although it’s not likely to resurrect my laptop in time for a deadline. The Port Solar Charger would be useful for long airplane or road trips. When stopping to find an outlet isn’t possible, but sunlight abounds.
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