How would you like to put solar panels on your Kobo?

There's a new how-to over on the Instructables website you might want to see. One ambitious Kobo owner shows you how he voided his warranty (and possibly wrecked his device).

He mounted a pair of solar panels on the back of his Kobo. I'm all for solar power, but I really think they should have been mounted elsewhere - built into a case, perhaps?

I'd prefer a case because there are a couple problems with the design. the first is that you can't use the ebook reader while charging (unless you're lying on your back). The panels are mounted on the underside of the Kobo, which means they'll also see a greater amount of wear and tear.

Still, in a crazy sort of way it is interesting.

via Instructables

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

5 Comments on How would you like to put solar panels on your Kobo?

  1. PV cells in prolonged direct sunlight, good. Ereaders and other digital gizmos in prolonged sunlight, not so good.

    There’s always things like this: http://suntactics.com/USBSolarChargerMoreDetails.html

  2. The problem with the Suntactics charger is that it’s $10 more than the Kobo itself. *snort*

    • Tish-tosh. It’s not the money, it’s the amount. With all the money you’ll save in electricity you’ll have that sucker paid off in a a decade or so.

      • LOL! I don’t think so. The tiny amount of power my ereader charger uses … every two weeks … is a heck of a lot less than the solar charger in this example … amortised over 10 years.

        My Kobo, on the other hand, is “free” within a year from the savings of ebooks vs pbooks.

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