June 15, 2012
Umbrella uses solar cells to charge your phone at festivals
British mobile phone giant Vodafone has just unveiled a special umbrella aimed primarily at festival-goers. Called the Booster Brolly, the eco-friendly concept device charges your handset battery, boosts the device’s signal and, of course, keeps you dry in the event of a downpour. Digital Trends reports.
Designed by Dr Kenneth Tong of University College London, the unique umbrella also features an LED torch for night-time navigation and a hands-free cellphone cradle. A USB port for connecting your phone or mobile device is located in the umbrella’s handle.
The Booster Brolly’s power is generated through its special canopy which incorporates a number of flexible solar panels, enabling it to fully charge a phone in less than three hours.
“The custom canopy has been fitted with 12 lightweight….solar cells that have the ability to convert light into electricity,” Tong explained. “The current generated is then transferred….to the handle of the umbrella where it is stored safely in high capacity rechargeable batteries, or used to directly charge a mobile device through a USB port.”
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