Laying down the groundwork for a nation-wide solar energy grid of charging infrastructure is going to take awhile, as well as legislative efforts and private investment risk-taking. In the meantime, however, investors may want to look at products in the field that don't necessarily need a grid to create sustained solar energy. One such product? The SunJack (From Gear Review):
"Both the 14-Watt solar panel and the 20-Watt solar panel have dual 5V/2A output USB charging ports. That’s more than enough power to charge two iPhones, two iPads, or one of each (if you have direct, bright sunlight that is). Luckily, SunJack happens to also include one high capacity 8,000mAh lithium-polymer battery with the 14-Watt panel."
Portable solar cells are nothing new, but portable solar cells that are versatile with enough capacity to power the notorious energy-eating Apple devices? That's a step forward.
SunJack's kickstarter campaign was a resounding success, signaling how much interest is out there to escape the traditional restrictions of energy consumption. Or maybe, people just don't like wall outlets; either way, if there's any product with the potential to quickly generate momentum in the consumer market, this could be it. Mobility has always been valued by Americans, and SunJack fits right in with that narrative.
And just think what more refined versions in the future could do? What if the SunJack 2.0 could power a whole laptop? The next version, a travel heater? Or a motorcycle? The prospects of independence from the grid may not be at the forefront of the American consumer's mind, but the SunJack could change that quickly, and permanently.
Donal Thoms-Cappello is a freelance writer for Rotor Clip Company (www.rotorclip.com).