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Juice on the Go: Solar-Powered Wristband Can Charge Your Phone

<p>The folks behind Carbon are raising funds via Kickstarter to produce the solar charger on a wristband.</p>
Image: Carbon, a solar-powered wristband
Carbon is a wearable, solar-power charger for your cellphone.Kickstarter via LAPTOP

If you’ve ever needed power on the go but don’t want to lug a portable battery charger around, a new Kickstarter project could provide the answer. The bright minds behind Startup EnergyBionic have slapped a solar charger on a wristband to give you sun-powered juice for your phone. Called Carbon, the wearable charger will cost $95 if you back the project now. The device is estimated to ship in August, if the project is funded by March 31.

Don’t be fooled into thinking this functions as a watch. Carbon is simply a solar cell built into what looks like a watch face. A charging port, LED indicator and button line the edges. The multi-color LED light flashes to indicate battery charge level, charging status and can even act as a mini flashlight or safety strobe when you need it. Carbon is also dust and water resistant.

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Charging is activated by pushing the button below the connector, and you access the port by unscrewing a hinged cover. Each Carbon comes with a set of mini cables with a 2.5mm jack on one end and a iPhone 4/4S, Lightning (iPhone 5/5s), microUSB and USB on the other.

Each cable is just 4 inches long, so you ‘ll have to keep your phone close as you charge it. A 650-mAh lithium polymer battery should offer a charge of approximately 1 Amp, 5 volts and 5 watts to your devices. According to EnergyBionics, this means it will take Carbon about 25 minutes to put out a full charge.

— Cherlynn Low, LAPTOP Staff Writer

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