Sunshine Solar Briefcase Charger Amorphous 13 Watt

Voltaic Generator Photo

We’ve been eyeballing this handy solar bag for some time. It comes with battery packs to store energy, holding enough for a full laptop battery charge. It is also large enough to hold a 17” laptop inside.

Power: This is on the more powerful end, generating up to 15 watts. It takes about a day of charging, though.

Portability: The Generator is the essence of portability because it is, in fact, a bag. It is made of recycled PET, which makes it water resistant and light weight – though the bag still is 4.5 pounds. Add to that the weight of a laptop and that’s a fairly hefty load.

Price: A tag of $599 puts it on par with other solar chargers. Given that it is also a handy carrying case, the price tag looks a bit more attractive.

Sunshine Solar Briefcase Charger Amorphous 13 Watt

solar briefcase photo

This charger offers a briefcase style, but doesn’t double as a briefcase. We talked about it a few years ago, and the fact that it’s still around says something for its functionality.

Power: Offering 13 watts, this isn’t the most powerful of options, though it is enough to extend the battery time of a laptop while in use.

Portability: While it is shaped like a briefcase, it doesn’t carry like one. Rather, it weighs a hefty 9.25 pounds, putting a damper on running around with one during the day. Yet, portability is relative – perhaps you’re looking for something to help you out while on a cruise or a remote area, and won’t need to be carrying it much. So, the compact size (20.5” x 13” x 1.5” is a nice, small size to cart around.

Price: This charger is surprisingly inexpensive, coming in at about $160, though it is on sale for $90 through October 27th. However, there’s a selection of accessories, like a charge regulator ($30), a four-panel connector cable ($18) and others that can bring up the total cost of the system. Still, it is relatively very cheap.