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Emergency power for your USB devices like Smart Phones when the power grid goes down! Easy-to-install, Easy-to-Use, and reliable. Read more

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Emergency power for your USB devices like Smart Phones when the power grid goes down! Easy-to-install, Easy-to-Use, and reliable.

About this project

"Plug into Independent Power." When the power grid goes down unexpectedly, stay powered and connected! Bring the power of the sun directly to your smart phone!

Emergency back up power - Solar Socket is something home owners have been looking for; a solar panel and backup battery for USB devices that is low cost, powerful, and easy to install! Your Solar Socket battery system will provide your home with USB power when the power grid goes down after an earthquake, storm, or other natural disaster. When the grid goes down, don’t be left without power!

  • Keeps your phone charged to stay in touch with loved ones, get the latest news, and receive alerts and essential information. 
  • Keeps the lights on by charging your USB lighting devices such as LED flashlights, headlamps, and lanterns. 
  • If the grid is down for days or weeks, the sun will keep charging your devices.

For your everyday use – Charging your smart phone daily with the power of the sun is not a problem with the Solar Socket system. Experience renewable off-grid power everyday with this fully DC solar power system. The built-in batteries will charge during the day - charge your phone overnight so you are ready for the next day!

Easy to install - installs in a few hours and provides enough energy to charge your smart phones, LED lamps, or Bluetooth speakers. 

As featured in Gadgetify.com
As featured in Gadgetify.com
Installs in just a few hours and blends in to the home decor
Installs in just a few hours and blends in to the home decor
Solar panel installed under and eave
Solar panel installed under and eave

For homes of all sizes – Great for single-family homes. Great for condos or apartments where larger solar systems cannot be installed. Great for off-grid homes, cabins, RV’s, boats, and tiny homes. Whether your home is grid-tied or off-grid, the Solar Socket can bring reliable solar energy into your home.

Solar panel installed on the side of a Tiny Home
Solar panel installed on the side of a Tiny Home

Compatible with all USB devices - Charge your phones, cameras, music players, Bluetooth speakers, GPS devices, and more! There is no USB device that cannot be charged by the Solar Socket. Connect the charge cable that came with your smart phone, or other USB device, and plug it in to Solar Socket.

Unparalleled performance - A fully charged Solar Socket will recharge a dead iPhone from 0% to 100% in 3 hours even after being unused or recharged for a month! Other similar sized solar chargers can only charge a Smart Phone from 0% to 70% and take over 4 hours to recharge.

Much larger smart phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S5, have a battery that's twice the size of an iPhone battery so the 13400mAh Solar Socket is recommended for those phones.

Plug and play – We designed Solar Socket without an on/off button so you just plug it in and it works automatically. Also, Solar Socket can charge your phone while charging the built-in Solar Socket batteries at the same time.

Entry-level solar solution – Solar socket is a low cost, entry-level solar system for those wanting the independence of solar, without the high costs and space requirements of larger panels, inverters and battery banks.

The Solar Socket brings into your home the power of solar and meets your needs for…

* Emergency back up power for your most essential communication and lighting devices

* Low cost, entry level solar

* Power independence by taking your USB devices off the grid

* Carbon-free renewable solar energy

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How do I select the right size Solar Socket for my home?

1 USB Port 3350mAh - Good for 1 iPhone
2 USB Ports 6700mAh - Good for up to 3 iPhones or 1 Samsung Galaxy S5
2 USB Ports 13400mAh - Good for up to 6 iPhones or up to 3 Samsung Galaxy S5's

Where is the best place to locate and install my Solar Socket?

Ideally, Solar Socket should be placed south-facing and less than 10 feet from the solar panel in order to ensure maximum sunlight and the least amount of power loss across the power cable.

Is there a power level indicator?

Other solar chargers may have a power level indicator, but for this size solar charger, power level indicators are inaccurate and not very useful. What good is a power level indicator if it won't charge your phone from 0% to 100% at any level? Solar Socket's Blue LED lights up when charging and turns off when fully charged. 

Why Open Source Hardware?

The solar USB charging market has become saturated with low-quality and poor performing products and every year the big companies are selling the same products with very little improvement. Therefore, Solarcycle has developed its open source solar USB chargers to empower customers with the ability to build their own solar USB chargers and to prove that a better solar charger that outperforms anything else on the market is possible.

Solar Socket Kit (Solar Panel, Bracket, USB Wall Socket, Power Cable)
Solar Socket Kit (Solar Panel, Bracket, USB Wall Socket, Power Cable)

Open Source instructions on how to build Solar Socket available in the link below!

A new standard for quality - Our Solar Socket Kit sets a new standard for a compact, powerful, and easy-to-install USB solar charging. The Solar Socket Kit is engineered to squeeze the most energy possible from the sun's rays in to your smart phone. No short-cuts that compromise power or efficiency are taken, period.

Our panel is a high quality custom Suntactics solar panel, which has a fluoropolymer film with the best light transmission, precision cut and tabbed high-efficiency solar cells, and a high-strength substrate. The panel is attached to a metal bracket, which acts as a passive heat sink to cool the panel.

Our battery uses a high-efficiency, high-power charge controller from Maxim and uses the same battery that's used in the Tesla electric car, which is the best battery of its kind. Even the power cables consist of thicker gage wire, which allows the electricity to flow more efficiently.

3D CAD Autodesk Inventor 2015
3D CAD Autodesk Inventor 2015
Inside the Solar Socket prototype
Inside the Solar Socket prototype

Solar Socket Solar Panel Specs (Made in USA):

* Size: W 6.5 inches X L 10.9 inches X H 0.6 inches

* Cable Length: 10 feet * Weight: 270g (9.52 oz)

* Nominal Output - Current: 1000mA or 1600mA (5 or 8 Watt) | Voltage: 5 Volts

* Max Open Circuit Voltage: 6 Volts

* Cell Type: Monocrystalline * Cell Efficiency: 18.8%

* Compatible with Solar Socket

Solar Socket USB Wall Plug and Battery Specs (Made in USA):

* Time to Fully Charge: @5 Watts 3350mAh: 3 hours | @8 Watts 13400mAh: 7 hours

* Capacity: 3350mAh, 6700mAh, or 13400mAh / 3.6V 

* Type: NCR18650B Lithium-Ion

* Weight: 386g - 478g (13.6oz - 16.8 oz)

* Input - Current: 450 to 2600mA | Voltage: 5 to 6 Volts

* Number of USB Ports: 1 or 2

* Output - Female USB 2.0 Type A Connector

* Output - Current: Up to 1400mA | Voltage: 5 Volts

* Body Material: Standard Drywall Electrical Box

* Battery Life Under Typical Use: 5 years * Replaceable Battery

* Provides up to 320% iPhone Charge or 160% Galaxy S5 Charge with the 6700mAh Version

* Compatible with iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, and Others

Risks and challenges

I have a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with over seven years of experience in the semiconductor industry. I also gained a lot manufacturing experience working at my Dad's sheet metal shop since I was a kid. Unforeseen issues that can delay the shipment of rewards to Kickstarter backers include, but are not limited to:

* Delays in receiving components on time from vendors.
* Delays from rejected parts during inspection.
* Delays from the carrier in shipping the product to the Kickstarter backer.

As a backer of other projects, I understand the importance of honest communication, even if the news is not so good, so I will make it a priority to answer all backer questions as fast as I can and give updates as soon as possible. We are on this journey together.

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