Good Stuff: Voltaic Solar Bags

Goodlifer: Good Stuff: Voltaic Solar Bags

Having walked around NYC with one of these messenger bags I can only agree with Voltaic founder Shayne McQuade, who says that a solar bag is to the single woman what the puppy is for the single man. A great conversation-starter.

Voltaic bags all have solar panels on the front and use fabrics made from recycled PET plastics, a lightweight fiber most commonly found in soda bottles. Each bag has a built in battery that charges when the solar panels are exposed to daylight. They all come with a variety of adapters and can be used to charge smaller, hand-held gadgets like phones, PDAs and MP3 players. Although the latest, greatest model, aptly named the Generator, is powerful enough to charge a laptop battery, which is groundbreaking in the solar bag category.


The Generator’s battery pack will charge in about 5 hours and is removable.

The red light on the handle indicates the battery is being charged. Sturdy hardware keeps your laptop safe.

The red light on the handle indicates that panels are generating a charge. Sturdy hardware keeps your laptop safe.

The Backpack (top middle) will set you back $249, the Messenger (top right) $229, and the Generator (top left) $499, which may seem expensive at first but is a small price to pay for getting to feel like a true renewable energy pioneer. As the technology becomes more common prices will also inevitably drop.

Take a look at Voltaic bags in action, and if you feel like joining the solar bag crew, find a store near you and pick one up. Get ready to talk to strangers.

About author
A designer by trade, Johanna has always had a passion for storytelling. Born and raised in Sweden, she's lived and worked in Miami, Brooklyn and, currently, Ojai, CA. She started Goodlifer in 2008 to offer a positive outlook for the future and share great stories, discoveries, thoughts, tips and reflections around her idea of the Good Life. Johanna loves kale, wishes she had a greener thumb, and thinks everything is just a tad bit better with champagne (or green juice).
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