Score one of 4 solar-powered Voltaic Converter backpacks in Inhabitats Back to School Contest

August 1, 2017 by  
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With summer coming to a close, it’s back-to-school time for many students – but it doesn’t have to be a drag. We’ve teamed up with Voltaic to give four lucky readers an amazing solar backpack for their return to the studious life! Voltaic’s newly launched Converter backpack charges your phone and other USB devices using built-in solar panels , so you’ll never run out of juice between classes – and a single hour in the sun provides three hours of smartphone use. We’re giving away four backpacks over four weeks of August, so enter today! a Rafflecopter giveaway Voltaic is constantly reinventing itself with some of the coolest solar products out there, and this new backpack ranks high on their list of innovations. At a relatively low price point of $129, the Converter backpack is a great deal for what you’re getting. With a battery in your backpack, and a 5-watt solar panel that can fully charge a smartphone after three hours in the sun, you’ll never run out of juice again. The battery can also be charged via the grid, and the backpack is packed with even more useful features beyond its solar capability. Made of recycled PET , the Converter is large enough to accommodate a 15″ laptop and comes with a couple of extra pockets – including plenty of storage for all your cables and adapters. It’s waterproof, lightweight and UV resistant, and high-density padding in the shoulder straps and back make it super comfortable to wear – even for a day trip in the great outdoors. We’ll be announcing our winners in our newsletter on 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, and 9/1, so sign up now for your chance to take one of these beauties home! That said, we’re only shipping to US addresses, so please keep that in mind when you enter. Good luck! + Voltaic

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VIDEO: Live and work off the grid with Voltaic’s portable 17 watt solar panels

December 31, 2014 by  
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In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed, thanks to companies like Voltaic Systems who are leading the charge with a new generation of super-affordable, durable, and portable solar panels. When they heard that I was converting my Ford Transit Connect XL into a self-sufficient live and work eco-mobile, Voltaic generously donated a pair of 17-watt solar panels, along with accompanying V72 batteries, that I can use to charge my cell phone and laptop far from any electrical outlet. And the best part? I didn’t have to drill a single hole in my van to install them. Read the rest of VIDEO: Live and work off the grid with Voltaic’s portable 17 watt solar panels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , alternative energy , cal-earth , clean tech , Hesperia , off grid living , off-grid , solar panels , solar panels on the van , Solar Power , tafline laylin , voltaic systems , work off the grid

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Inhabitat’s top 6 DIY stories of 2014

December 31, 2014 by  
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DIY stories are so inspiring, aren’t they? Seeing a project that someone else put together encourages us to put our own creativity and craftiness to work, whether it’s a small project like turning rose petals into beads , or designing and building an eco-home from scratch . We’ve learned how to prepare ourselves for power outages , as well as how to build a simple backyard aquaponics system for sustainable food production. We’ve also shared instructions on how to build a brilliant glow-in-the-dark table with luminescent resin, and hack basic IKEA furniture staples into unique home furnishings. Do you have a favorite DIY post from 2014? Let us know with your vote! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 DIY , aquaponics , backyard aquaponics , best DIY , best diy posts , best DIY stories of 2014 , best of inhabitat , DIY , DIY 2014 , DIY hacks , DIY posts , DIY posts of 2014 , DIY stories , DIY stories of 2014 , DIY tiny house , DIY tiny houses , DIY-related stories , emergency essentials , emergency hacks , glow-in-the-dark table , how-to , how-to posts , how-to stories , ikea , ikea hacks , inhabitat DIY stories , inhabitat readers choice winners , preparedness , prepping , rose petal beads , rose petals , tiny houses , top 6 DIY post of 2014 , top 6 DIY posts , top 6 how-to posts , Top 6 Inhabitat DIY stories of 2014 , top diy posts , top DIY stories , top DIY stories of 2014

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Voltac Launches BOGO Solar Charger Campaign to Help the Philippines

November 28, 2013 by  
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Voltaic Systems , manufacturer of solar chargers for smartphones, laptops and other electronic equipment, just launched a BOGO (Buy One Give One) campaign to help residents of Philippines whose lives were irrevocably changed by the devastating typhoon Haiyan. They’re selling a 3.4 Watt Solar Power and Light Kit that normally costs $85 for just $59, and another one will be sent to Leyte Province in the Philippines to help vital communications in villages without power. Read the rest of Voltac Launches BOGO Solar Charger Campaign to Help the Philippines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , green gadgets , natural disasters , Philippines relief efforts , Philippines typhoon , soalr power , solar chargers , solar design , solar-powered devices , Voltaic solar chargers , voltaic systems        

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Voltaic Celebrates Bike to Work Day with Portable Solar-Charging Trailer You Can Rent!

May 17, 2013 by  
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Today is National Bike to Work Day , and all across America, people are ditching their cars and trucks for a cleaner, healthier journey via bicycle. Our friends at Voltaic Systems joined in the fun  to support NYC’s Bike to Work Day , and it’s no surprise that they added their own solar-powered flair to the day’s festivities. Company staffers decked out a commuter bicycle and with a custom-built bike trailer carrying 60+ Watts of portable solar panels, 180 Watt hours of charging capacity, and lots of connectors to charge up smartphones, tablets and even a MacBook, in an effort to show New Yorkers how much fun can be had when human and solar power are combined. Read the rest of Voltaic Celebrates Bike to Work Day with Portable Solar-Charging Trailer You Can Rent! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike commuting , bike to work day , bike trailer , solar charger , solar panels , Solar Power , voltaic systems        

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Tour Some of Marin County’s Best Homes at AIA SF’s Marin Living: Home Tours

May 17, 2013 by  
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Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans – AIA SF’s 2013 Marin Living:Home Tours is back again! For the past three years, the owners of some of Marin County’s most impressive homes have opened their doors, allowing the public to look at their private spaces. And once again, AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design are gearing up to host the Marin Living: Home Tours event, which will take place on TOMORROW (May 18th) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s program includes a houseboat in Sausalito, a LEED Gold-certified communal living facility in San Rafael, and Koji Tsutsui & Associates’ gorgeous Multicellular House in Mill Valley (pictured at top). Head over to the Home Tours website to preview all the homes and purchase tickets. BUY MARIN LIVING:HOME TOUR TICKETS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AIA san francisco , AIA SF , AIA SF Home Tours , Andrea Ponsi , bay area , David Spurgeon Architect , Feldman Architecture , Koji Tsutsui & Associates , marin county , mill valley , North Bay , Ross , San Francisco , San Rafael , sausalito , Tiburon , Van Meter Williams Pollack        

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Visiondivision’s Stunning Concept for Miami’s Bayfront Park Looks a Lot Like the Rising Sun!

May 17, 2013 by  
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Voltaic Launches New Waterproof LED Touchlight Powered by Any USB Source

February 7, 2013 by  
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Voltaic , the innovative green design company that is best known for its portable solar panels and solar-powered bags , just unveiled a new LED touchlight , and it’s one of the brightest ideas we’ve seen recently. The tiny light is completely waterproof—in the YouTube video after the jump, the lamp is shown completely submerged in a jar of water—and with LED bulbs that range from 50 to 175 Lumens, it’s highly efficient. Best of all, it can be powered by any USB power source. That means that it’s a perfect match for, among other things, Voltaic’s own portable solar panels. Read the rest of Voltaic Launches New Waterproof LED Touchlight Powered by Any USB Source Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: led light , off-grid lamp , off-grid lighting , pendant lamp , Portable Lamp , portable led , Recycled aluminum , solar charger , Solar Power , USB Touchlight , Voltaic , voltaic LED , voltaic systems , Voltaic touchlight , waterproof lamp

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Apple Files Patent Application for Solar-Powered iPhone

February 7, 2013 by  
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Apple ’s iPhones and iPads could someday self-charge with the use of integrated solar cells . The company has filed a patent application titled “Integrated touch sensor and solar assembly,” which envisions devices that would simultaneously capture and convert light into energy—as well as detect touch—with solar cells built directly into the smartphone’s screen. Read the rest of Apple Files Patent Application for Solar-Powered iPhone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , Apple green technology , apple solar patent , apple technology , high-tech design , renewable energy sources , Solar cells , solar design , solar devices , solar powered gadgets , solar powered iphone , solar smartphone

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