Another twist on solar-powered charging (Green Gadget of the Week)

Ray, a "socially developed" product available on the Quirky platform, can be moved around to catch maximum sunlight.
Written by Heather Clancy, Contributor on

(This is the latest in a regular weekly series of spotlights on green technology that’s accessible to you and me. If you have a green technology or gadget to suggest for coverage, please send a note via my contact email.)

This week's item is about a product that you can pre-order via the Quirky platform, but the catch is that you won't actually get it until there are at least 2,000 of these products ordered. That's the whole idea behind the Quirky "social development" platform.

The device is called Ray, and it is a solar-powered charger (yes, another one) for various mobile phones, digital music players and other electronic gadgets. The twist on this technology (pictured) is that you can suction-cup it to a window or tilt it on a little "kickstand" to grab maximum sunlight. When I wrote up this item, Ray carried a price of $39.99, and there were slightly more than 730 commitments for the product.

Ray includes a small solar panel and a USB port to attach your devices. The battery stores enough power to charge a mobile phone fully (although the write-up doesn't which models). The anticipated size is 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches by 3 inches, although Quirky has a disclaimer saying the actual size might vary during production.

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