CES 2008: Voltaic Solar Bag saves Earth, but not your money

Voltaic’s Generator bag

Out in the gadget wilderness there are all sorts of energy saving solar-powered concoctions designed to save the Earth like some kind of inanimate superhero, with each claiming to be more super than the last. It’s no surprise then that CES 2008 brings with it its own contenders for the next batch of gadgets to appease the likes of Al Gore.

The Voltaic Generator bag (pictured) promises to produce 14.7 watts of energy from the giant solar panel on the front of the bag, that’s enough to charge a laptop from a whole days worth of sunlight. According to Voltaic, no other bag can do this.

Every wannabe superhero comes equipped with accessories, where would Batman and James Bond be without theirs? The bag includes adaptors for phones as well as a car charger and is compatible with USB devices.

And just in case you find yourself in one of the less sunnier climes like this London-based blogger there is a battery inside should you run out of solar energy.

Of course not everyone can be superhero. Priced at a whopping $599 that’s still the case. Why are environmentally-friendly gadgets always so expensive? 

Author: Stephen Ebert

Stephen Ebert is a London-based journalist currently blogging about gadgets, toys and video games as well as fashion and style related goodness at StuffWeLike. He's also a staff writer at the London based gadget and technology website Absolute Gadget having had previous brief stints at magazines in the UK such as T3 Home, GQ, Stuff.tv, Total Film and FourFourTwo.

3 thoughts on “CES 2008: Voltaic Solar Bag saves Earth, but not your money”

  1. $599 is a bit steep … guess I’ll just have to continue lugging my laptop battery with me!

    I found your site through Remarkablogger. You’ve got a fun and interesting blog here!

  2. Thanks for the feedback Shari 😉 it’s always good to hear from readers.

    And it’s a shame these things are not so affordable as they are eco-friendly.

  3. “According to Voltaic, no other bag can do this”

    What? Didn’t anyone attend CES 2007? Eclipse Solar Gear won an Innovations & Design Honoree award in 2007 for their solar laptop case. I went to the CES 2008 and saw Eclipse’s offering, which is supposed to be out this summer. It’s pretty slick.

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