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Solar Powered Messenger/Travel Bag - now £19.95 @ Maplins (2.99 delivery)
Solar Powered Messenger/Travel Bag - now £19.95 @ Maplins (2.99 delivery)

Solar Powered Messenger/Travel Bag - now £19.95 @ Maplins (2.99 delivery)

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Maplins product code : N82GT
Product Features

Stylish and portable charging bag that powers most electronic gadgets: anywhere, anytime
Charges your handheld devices, such as mobile phone, MP3 player, games console, etc while you are on the move
Will charge the average mobile phone in under 5 hours (depending on the battery capacity)
1.35W 245mA premium quality crystalline solar cells
Overcharge, discharge and short circuit protection
Contents: Travel bag with integrated solar panel 1 x connecting cable 1 x USB adaptor 3 x mobile phone adaptors (for Nokia, Samsung and Sony-Ericsson)

37 Comments

never seen that before - nice idea. heat

Let's be honest, it won't work will it, unless you live in Saudi, the bag is in the sun at all times and you keep very still. It's pretty minging looking too.

Better off buying a spare battery if you're that worried.

Awesome concept, may stop your phone from dieing whilst your out and about but I can't see it charging it fully! Would love to try one, but £20 for something im unsure of is a bit risky.. for a tenner maybe =P Heat for coolness

Original Poster

"Let's be honest, it won't work will it"

I cant see why not - solar calculators work ok - this is the same but on a larger scale

USB is really useful - plus it's a green product too

Banned

summer is nearly over and now unless this bag works on rain water, i dont see any point in this

gR8_mUndA;5578339

summer is nearly over and now unless this bag works on rain water, i dont … summer is nearly over and now unless this bag works on rain water, i dont see any point in this



Last time I checked 'summer' has just begun lol

gR8_mUndA;5578339

summer is nearly over and now unless this bag works on rain water, i dont … summer is nearly over and now unless this bag works on rain water, i dont see any point in this



Your glass half empty mate ? :-D

link just goes to maplin main page and i cant find it on their site!............was interested in trying this as well!

superfamiking;5578608

link just goes to maplin main page and i cant find it on their … link just goes to maplin main page and i cant find it on their site!............was interested in trying this as well!



maplin.co.uk/Mod…254
should work

Great present for my son who lives in Africa

daffers;5578669

Great present for my son who lives in Africa


27c here is enough to put my phone out, wouldn't like to imagine what the heat over there would do to it :shock:

Can this charge multiple appliances, or just one at a time?

And I am pretty sure this won't require strong sunlight to charge, after all, solar panels on peoples roofs seem to manage just fine in this country throughout the year

we use solar panels all the time doesnt have to me saudi sun to charge things daylight is good enough, we do get that at least hot deal

I really like the idea!

Will it work in the UK?:roll:

For anyone else struggling to find it on Maplins site.

It's actually named:
Solar-Powered Travel Bag

and it's order code is:
N82GT

Original Poster

mk-donald;5579265

For anyone else struggling to find it on Maplins site.It's actually … For anyone else struggling to find it on Maplins site.It's actually named:Solar-Powered Travel Bagand it's order code is:N82GT



Apologies for that - thank you for pointing this out.

I have amended the link and added the product code in the description.

I am getting one of these - really cool in my opinion :thumbsup:

I would like to use this with my MSI Wind - does this come with the correct charger socket?

Original Poster

solid;5579861

I would like to use this with my MSI Wind - does this come with the … I would like to use this with my MSI Wind - does this come with the correct charger socket?



Not sure until we see one - if there is a maplins near to you, pop in and ask, or perhaps give them a call?

I personally would not have thought so as your netbook would probably demand more output for charge... but for mobiles and iPods etc I cannot see why not.

So... has anyone bought one? Whadyathink of it?

great idea but a shame about the style of the bag
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Is showing as £14.99 now!

Would not work well with an MSI wind, would take like a day to charge, and the output voltage will be too low. Assuming this is 5v if it's charging USB devices.

Solar panels don't need direct sunlight to convert light energy into electrical energy. As someone pointed out, that's why solar calculators work inside.

martinelsen;5578308

I cant see why not - solar calculators work ok - this is the same but on … I cant see why not - solar calculators work ok - this is the same but on a larger scaleUSB is really useful - plus it's a green product too


Maybe. It's only 'green' if it end up producing more energy than the energy cost to make it. This is actually a very significant point. Last time I looked up, it takes a few years (3-ish) for solar panels used in rooftops (likely made with more efficient panels). So if you are doing it for the environment (noble), make sure that you charge with your bag regularly for a couple of years. To be honest though, I think that this is a gimmick that people will tire of quickly. I know I did when I picked up a solar charger for my mobile phone/MP3 players.

First of all, the charging is very slow. I wouldn't blame it on the UK weather though, it's just that mobile phones and such use significantly more power than your pocket calculator and solar panels have very low efficiencies (have you ever seen a solar powered graphic calculator?).

Secondly, it only works outdoor (or in a place where you exposure to the sunlight) and during day time, and I am a little sceptical that people would change their recharging routine. I reckon that most will still continue to charge their phones overnight in their sleep.

It's not a bad price, and I am quite happy to be proven wrong. Maybe it has some use as an emergency device, but don't expect that you would be able to charge as you make a call even under strong sunlight.

Oh, and forget about charging a netbook with it.

I thought to charge you need a constant 5 volt power; this wouldn't be constant.

I would be worried about burning out my phone.

Not too sure price it brilliant but fantastic idea voted hot for the idea.

Price now reduced to 14.99 cool heat added

The size is 36 X 25 X 8cm

Had a look at the chargers, and they seem to be for the older generations of mobiles - the Nokia one is the larger "fatter" version, and the SonyEricsson one is the very short-width type.
I have a new-ish Nokia, and a new-ish SE phone (they are both a couple of years old), and this bag will charge neither of them. The phone adaptors plug into a female-socket attached to the solar panel, and I don't know where you can get alternative adaptors from. Take a look at the attachments befopre buying, and consider how future-proof this bag is...

solid;5579044

Can this charge multiple appliances, or just one at a time?

The more appliances you charge, the longer it will take. It wouldn't be worth it.

And I am pretty sure this won't require strong sunlight to charge, after … And I am pretty sure this won't require strong sunlight to charge, after all, solar panels on peoples roofs seem to manage just fine in this country throughout the year

They produce negligible amounts when the sun is not shining.
solid;5579861

I would like to use this with my MSI Wind - does this come with the … I would like to use this with my MSI Wind - does this come with the correct charger socket?

You wouldn't have a hope with a netbook - the power it produces is just too tiny.
Lost Symphonies;5672905

I thought to charge you need a constant 5 volt power; this wouldn't be … I thought to charge you need a constant 5 volt power; this wouldn't be constant.I would be worried about burning out my phone.

It wouldn't "burn out" your phone; the phone would just not charge when the sun wasn't strong enough.

I like the idea so heat added

Bought one yesterday lunchtime (thought worth a punt as Maplin is only 5 minutes walk from the office). Will be returning it today.

At 3pm, in direct sunlight (outdoors) it was powerful enough to charge my K800i phone, but not the iPod Touch, would register as charging at all.

Just get the impression (mainly by the enclosed out of date connectors) that the bag and it's technology is three or four years old and it's just not up to the job. Shame, nice idea I would have loved to work.

Don't ever recall seeing this on Maplin's site, which is strange as it's the sort of thing I would have searched for at some point in the last six months...

Probably worth buying in you live in a much sunnier country than the UK, but otherwise avoid.

Solar cells haven't got much cheaper or more efficient in the past 3-4 years: the only part that is out of date is likely to be the connectors.

Do iPod Touches charge happily from any USB charger or do they need the Apple one? Some monopolistically-minded manufacturers try to prevent usage of their devices with third party accessories.

OK, just thought technology would have moved on.

I use a third party USB charging lead, works fine, bought it in Argos last year for a tenner, connects to a mains plug for charging that way, very handy bargain. Looks like they've discontinued it now.

Using a first gen Touch by the way should it make a difference, 99% sure it doesn't though.

Dont forget 4% QUIDCO!

Holliss;5682054

Bought one yesterday lunchtime (thought worth a punt as Maplin is only 5 … Bought one yesterday lunchtime (thought worth a punt as Maplin is only 5 minutes walk from the office). Will be returning it today.At 3pm, in direct sunlight (outdoors) it was powerful enough to charge my K800i phone, but not the iPod Touch, would register as charging at all.



The touch and iphone wont charge off a lot of travel chargers, they require an extra pin connected on the USB (older ipods are fine), I bought 2 car chargers and neither of them would work. I had to modify one of them and its fine now. You can find the info on google, it involves soldering a couple of resistors to the center pins. Thanks a lot Apple.

That's why I try to avoid proprietary rubbish and stick with things that prefer open standards, such as the Sansa Fuze with its .ogg and .flac file formats.

Sorry, completely off-topic!
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