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Flexible solar panel that fits around any bag strap and charges any USB device like your smartphone, tablet or camera. Read more

Clarkfield, MN Wearables
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Flexible solar panel that fits around any bag strap and charges any USB device like your smartphone, tablet or camera.

Clarkfield, MN Wearables
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Sustainable Brands - "solar backpacks have existed for quite some time, but they are expensive and not so easy on the eyes. Sun Strap promises to provide a more affordable and aesthetically-pleasing solution to on-the-go power generation needs."

allistuff - "Keeping your gadgets charged outdoors does not have to be a hassle. Not when you have a Sun Strap."

coolest-gadgets - "where just like Superman, he will be able to harness the power of the sun and juice up its internal battery while you continue with your day’s work."

askmen - "You could lash a big, rigid solar panel to your backpack or hang it around your neck, or you could wear the flexible Sun Strap"


Sun Strap is a flexible solar panel that can charge any USB device such as, your smartphone, tablet or camera. Sun Strap has a built-in 5600 mAh battery with a 5V/1A USB output.

Sun Strap is designed to fit around any bag strap, for example your backpack, purse, golf bag, computer bag, and even your bike. Sun Strap is made from weather and water resistant fabric.

At the bottom of Sun Strap you will find a micro USB plug to charge Sun Strap in a wall socket so you can leave the house with a full battery.

With Sun Strap, your bag becomes a charging station as you go about your day. Sun Strap is designed to be very light weighing only 5.8oz (165 grams).


Why Sun Strap

Sun Strap is capable of charging your mobile devices. You don’t have to worry about running out of battery when you are away from outlets.

Sun Strap has a large battery that is able to store more than one charge of even the most power-hungry phone so that you can store up a reserve on sunny days.  

Sun Strap is designed to fit any bag strap and become a part of your bag in a stylish and comfortable way.

With Sun Strap you create your own renewable energy as you go about your day.

Sun Strap used on a Camera Strap.
Sun Strap used on a Camera Strap.


How does it work

Sun Strap uses a flexible solar panel that goes around any bag strap and charges its internal battery as you go about your day. Sun Strap uses a 1.5W flexible solar panel and has a 5600 mAh built in battery that when fully charged is capable of charging for instance an iPhone 5 3 ½ times.

On the bottom Sun Strap has a 5V/1A USB output, LED battery indicator and 5V/1A micro USB input so you can always leave the house with a full battery. Its very lightweight which makes it perfect for outdoor activities.

Sun Strap has a USB output, LED battery indicator and a USB input.
Sun Strap has a USB output, LED battery indicator and a USB input.


How to use it

When/Where to use it  

Hiking
Golf
School
Beach
Cycling
Music festival
Outdoor photography 
Car seat belt
Traveling 

or any other outdoor activity

Sun Strap can be used not only with your bag, you are only limited by your imagination.


Story of the development  

When we looked at other solar products we found most of them to be unattractive or inconvenient to carry around or spent most of their time inside a bag away from the sun.   

We wanted to design something that is always exposed to the sun, charges automatically as you go about your day and is appealing and more comfortable than what currently exists.


About the Team  

We are a research group based in Minnesota, USA. Our company goal is to develop products that can restore the balance between humans and nature. Coming from two generations of electricians Einar Agustsson and Agust Agustsson wanted to built upon that knowledge and combine with their business education to progress sustainable energy technology and create something new.

Phone pouch with a built in USB charging cable that doubles as a lanyard
Phone pouch with a built in USB charging cable that doubles as a lanyard
Front, Back and Top view of the Sun Strap
Front, Back and Top view of the Sun Strap


Additional information

Weight: 5.8oz (165 grams)

Size: 3” x 15” (7.6 x 38 cm)

Battery: 5,600 mAh Lithium-ion  

Outputs: 5V/1A  

Input: 5V/1A  

Compatible with: Apple, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, GoPro and most others USB devices.


When do we deliver?

We plan to deliver to backers in December of 2014

Production Timeline

August - Kickstarter Project starts
September – Project Analysis
October – Prototype Development
November – Supply Chain & Scalability Review
December – Quality Control and Shipping

Risks and challenges

We have been able to build a fully working prototype but it may require small changes for full scale manufacturing. We will face more challenges and unforeseen product issues as we get closer to manufacturing. We are currently working with an experienced solar product manufacturer but there may be delays should we need to change suppliers. Every step in our development will be carefully selected to make this product even more special for our backers.

We may need to make a few changes in materials so the product can become more durable and resistant. This can cause the final product to be slightly different from our original prototype.

All of these factors can have an effect on shipping dates. We will work our hardest to achieve our set dates and deliver a product that both we and our backers are satisfied with.

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FAQ

  • Sun Strap has a fairly large battery and it would take about 13-14 hours to fully charge it.
    However it only takes about 3-4 hours to get enough to fully charge most phones once.

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  • The Sun Strap has a 5V/1A output which is the same output you normally get when charging from a wall outlet. So it takes roughly the same amount of time to charge your phone with Sun Strap as it does from a wall outlet. iPhone 5 takes for example takes between 1 1/2 - 2 hours to fully charge.

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  • The solar panels are water and weatherproof. The fabric used is water resistant and the USB will have a small flap from the same fabric that protects it.

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    PARTNER WITH US. Let's start a dialogue on how we can work together. You'll be invited to have dinner with the Founders in Minneapolis. Hotel for 2 Nights included (Flights not included). Of course, you'll also receive a special edition Sun Strap when it's available. Free shipping anywhere in the world.

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