Design and Manufacturing of Solar Jacket for Charging the Mobile and Laptop Devices
Pages : 365-368
In this research a wearable, portable solar jacket was designed and manufactured for charging the electronic devices such as mobile phone, iPod, mp3 players and laptop. A solar panel was used to convert the solar energy into electrical energy. The solar circuit consist of solar panel; composed of two solar cells (attached in series), two ICs for controlling the voltage and rechargeable batteries for charging the devices in the absence of sunlight. The glass sheet coated solar panel was attached at the back of the jacket using sticky material. The wires and other accessories were attached inside the jacket, the batteries and charging pins were placed inside the pockets of Jacket. The designed garment not only serves the purpose of wearing but also charges the electronic devices up to +24 V. It is cheap, easy to detach, washable and gives comfort to wearer.
Keywords: E- textiles, charging garment, solar cells
Article published in International Journal of Current Engineering and Technology, Vol.2,No.4 (Dec- 2012)