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We've perfected our iconic backpack, providing portable power for photographers, travelers, and everyday explorers.
We've perfected our iconic backpack, providing portable power for photographers, travelers, and everyday explorers. Get yours today at voltaicsystems.com
We've perfected our iconic backpack, providing portable power for photographers, travelers, and everyday explorers. Get yours today at voltaicsystems.com
195 backers pledged $43,173 to help bring this project to life.

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Array + OffGrid | A New Generation of Solar Backpacks

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We use more devices than ever and they all need power, but that doesn't need to slow you down. Our two new backpacks, the Array and OffGrid, are designed to keep them charged everywhere.

See below how we've integrated maximum solar power for charging phones, tablets, and DSLR cameras. The Array can even charge your laptop or drone - something no other backpack can do.

Both bags include a battery pack to store power until you need it and protected smart storage for easy charging. 

 Features 10 Watts of Solar Power and a 19,800mAh external battery.

 

 Features 6 Watts of solar power and a 4,000mAh external battery.

Pledge today and be one of the first to own these revolutionary bags. Be sure to check out the Add-On menu below to customize your bag.

The Array and the OffGrid both come with a Voltaic battery pack to store power until you need it. The battery packs can charge directly from solar, any wall outlet, or from USB (OffGrid only).

 

 

We packed the Array with maximum solar power, making it the most powerful backpack ever. In fact, it's the only backpack with enough solar power to charge your laptop, camera, or even your drone.

Includes our Voltaic V72 Universal Laptop Battery. This 19,800mAh battery pack has both a high-voltage laptop port (selectable at 12V, 16V, or 19V) and a USB port for smartphones, tablets, and our DSLR camera chargers.

 The Array is available with either Charcoal or Silver solar panels.

 

The OffGrid is our streamlined version, offering enough power to charge your camera, smartphone, or even a tablet. 

Includes our standard Voltaic V15 Universal USB Battery (4,000mAh, 5V/1A USB output). Or use the Add-On menu to upgrade to our larger V44 battery pack (12,000mAh, dual USB output) for even more power storage (recommended for charging DSLR batteries or multiple devices).

The OffGrid is available with either Charcoal or Silver solar panels.

 

We designed this pack around you and your devices, including features that make sure you can securely store and charge your gear throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Array is the only solar backpack that's powerful enough to charge your laptop.

To charge your laptop:

To determine the correct voltage setting for your laptop refer to the output voltage shown on the back of your laptop's AC charger, then match the voltage (as closely as possible) to the V72 output voltage.

Custom laptop adapters:

While we do include 10 standard adapters, some laptop models require a custom adapter. 

Custom laptop adapters are available as an add-on item for an additional $12 USD to your reward level amount.

 For specific compatibility, please visit the FAQ section at the bottom of the page.

Both the Array and the OffGrid allow you to charge your DSLR camera using one of our USB Camera Cradles. Use the Add-On Menu below to upgrade to a Camera Bundle.

To charge your DSLR:

We offer a full range of USB Camera Cradles which are compatible with most camera models. To charge, simply plug into the USB port of any Voltaic battery.

*Not all models are shown. For our complete list of USB Camera Cradles, please visit the FAQ section at the bottom of the page.

Camera Bundle Add-On

Make the most of your new solar backpack by adding on one of our camera bundles. Each bundle includes a padded camera insert and your choice of USB camera cradle (to be chosen during your Backer Survey).

With our OffGrid Camera Bundle you'll also receive a V44 battery upgrade for even more power.

If you need additional help deciding, please send us a message via Kickstarter and we'll be happy to help you choose the perfect pack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are Voltaic Systems, a portable solar power company based in Brooklyn, New York.  A drained phone on a beach in Spain inspired our founder, Shayne McQuade, to create the original solar backpack. Now we're taking that idea to a whole new level!

Meet the Voltaic team!

 

                                                

 

 

 

                                     

Are you a member of the press or just want to learn more? View our Press Kit here.

 

We want to thank everyone who helped make these backpacks and this campaign a reality.

Bag Design: Brent Radewald created the initial designs that started the prototyping process. Ryan Hetzel provided thoughtful feedback on fabric selection, printing and many other production details.

Video and Photography: George Bruce Wilson of Three Peak Films shot our beautiful video here in Brooklyn and his home state of Utah. Photographer Brian Threkheld of BST Photography contributed photography from Portland, ME.

Locations: Our office is part of New Lab, an innovative multidisciplinary lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard for hardware entrepreneurs. Special thanks to Kings County Distillery for letting us shoot in their tasting room.

Gear: The thin bike ridden over the Williamsburg bridge was borrowed from its designer, Graham Hill. Helmet is a prototype of the successfully funded Kickstarter project Classon Helmet by Brooklyness. 

Risks and challenges

With any type of innovation comes risks and challenges. Our team has been working for the past year to help ensure that production goes smoothly once we reach our funding goal.

Manufacturing + Supply Chain: We have built working prototypes and have approved the first production run. We have secured all fabrics, hardware, and electronic components needed for the first 825 backpacks (600 Arrays, 225 OffGrids).

Quality Testing: To ensure you receive the best quality backpack we've extensively tested our samples for technical, functional, and material quality. Should the first production run not meet the standards of our approved samples, we will resolve any issue(s) and update our Kickstarter backers in a timely manner.

Meeting Estimated Delivery Dates: The dates listed above are estimated delivery dates based on the current schedule with our manufacturer for the first 825 units (600 Arrays, 225 OffGrids). If the campaign exceeds 825 units we will update our Backers on the new delivery schedule. It is always possible that that the current schedule could change due to unforeseen events. Examples include: failed quality testing, inclement weather, and shipment delays. We are doing everything in our power to ensure that we fulfill the rewards by the dates listed above and will notify our Kickstarter backers should the timetable change.

Backpack Warranty: Beyond the campaign, we will offer a 1 year warranty on all components of the Array and the OffGrid solar backpacks.

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    EARLY BIRD: OffGrid

    Get 1 OffGrid Solar Backpack with your choice of Charcoal or Silver panels (you'll choose in your Backer Survey). Save $80 OFF MSRP ($199).

    Want to customize your OffGrid? View the Add-On menu at the bottom of the page to learn how.

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    OffGrid

    Get 1 OffGrid Solar Backpack with your choice of Charcoal or Silver panels (you'll choose in your Backer Survey). Save $50 OFF MSRP ($199).

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    EARLY BIRD: Array

    Get 1 Array Solar Backpack with your choice of Charcoal or Silver panels (you'll choose in your Backer Survey). Save $160 OFF MSRP ($379).

    Want to customize your Array? View the Add-On menu at the bottom of the page to learn how.

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    Array

    Get 1 Array Solar Backpack with your choice of Charcoal or Silver panel (you'll choose in your Backer Survey). Save $100 OFF MSRP ($379).

    Want to customize your Array? View the Add-On menu at the bottom of the page to learn how.

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    The Sharing Pack

    Get 1 Array Solar Backpack + 1 OffGrid Solar Backpack with your choice(s) of Charcoal or Silver panels (you'll choose in your Backer Survey). Save $178 OFF MSRP ($578).

    Want to customize your Array or OffGrid? View the Add-On menu at the bottom of the page to learn how.

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