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Can a Solar Touch Screen Charge My Mobile Phone?

French organization Wysips is implementing a whole new concept which may cause smartphone touch screens to accomplish double duty as photo voltaic power panels to recharge cell phones.
The idea is pretty interesting [1] mainly because it entails laying an extra thin transparent photo-voltaic film layer together with the cellular phone screen. The film might take energy not only from the sun, but any nearby source of light.
Expected recharge times could be about six hours from sunlight and some minutes longer from leaching electricity from in house lights. Wysips is at work for the 2nd new release of the technology, which looks to supply half an hour of talk-time after just an hour or so under the sun.
The issue with a solar battery charger is the fact that the sun moves continuously, and my practical experience have been that you need to move the battery charger every minutes to help keep it in the sunshine.
Actually most solar chargers for cellphones will be beneficial to those who spend lots of time out in the open, and should not readily utilize a car or wall charger for devices. Backpackers, fishermen, etc, could possibly like this.
Otherwise, you are probably more satisfied using something different. The most effective solar cellular phone chargers available take a long time to charge – a single hour charge offers you just enough to make a 5-10 minutes call. It will require something such as 8-10 hours to obtain a full charge.
Another big disadvantage of these chargers would be that the unit is only able to be charged around 500 times. This could equate to approximately 12 months in case you used it everyday. You will never go green using this thing, since you’d need to change it every 12-18 months.
With more persons getting cellphones and ipads etc…., the drain on electricity grids is increasing. So, including the capability for the mobile phone to independently recharge from the sun light suggests they are able to help pull their own weight, and also you wouldn’t ought to take with you a different battery charger or move it around.
Another interesting truth is the opportunity to utilize this system to charge the smartphone while using the indoor light… this is the real benefit. The device could be continuously charging as light falls on display screen, meaning it could be topping off it’s power as the cellular phone just sits inactive.
This progression is a lot more encouraging than previous attempts to make solar chargers for mobile phones, including Samsung’s Blue Earth mobile phone [2], which included a solar charger on its back. A few months ago Apple was awarded a patent [3] for a method to charge small gadgets using solar energy, indicative that this company considers solar energy worth exploring.
The solar efficiency from Wysips’ charger is now only 9 %, when compared to best solar panels used elsewhere. But that is a lot better than the 0 % mobile phones offer now. The additional green energy gained coming from a solar charger for instance Wysips’ could allow smartphone designers to formulate slimmer batteries for their devices, or make it easy for faster, better devices with adequate battery lives.

Footnotes:
[1] Wysips Official Web site explains in detail how the new solar charger works
[2] Official Samsung internet site where it’s shared the info about the Blue Earth Phone
[3] Techcrunch writes about the Apple’s patent on solar powered devices.
The author: S. S. Sheppard writes for the 12 volt solar battery chargers blog, her non profits hobby blog she uses to discuss the latest technology announcements about solar chargers for small items.