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. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Chris16 June, 2011

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

    There’s always things like this:

  2. Alexander Inglis16 June, 2011

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

    1. Chris16 June, 2011

      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.

      1. Alexander Inglis16 June, 2011

        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.

        1. Chris16 June, 2011

          The person who comes up with a sarcasm font will win the Nobel Prize.

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