Pvilion has teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger to create a clothing line that’ll help keep your USB devices charged, but most likely won’t score you any points with the ladies.
The backs of the jackets send sunlight energy though a hidden USB cable to charge a dual-USB portable battery pack. Once charged, you can use the battery to top off your smartphone, tablet, or any other USB-powered device. According to Pvilion, “…the high output solar cells can fully charge the battery pack which, in turn, can fully charge a standard 1500mAh mobile device up to four times.” That means the included power bank is right around 6000mAh.
There’s no way I would rock this jacket around town, but if I had an extra $600 to spare before a camping trip I may be slightly tempted to pick one up seeing as the solar panels are removable. On the other hand, I’d probably save 90% and buy a portable solar USB charger to toss over my shoulder if need be.
Pvilion has partnered with Tommy Hilfiger to design and produce a Solar Powered Jacket exclusively for the 2014 holiday season. The product features removable solar panels that provide energy to power electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets. These specialty jackets will be available in select Tommy Hilfiger stores across Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia, and online at tommy.com as of November 1, 2014.
The detachable Pvilion solar panels snap easily on and off the back of the limited-edition jackets, while a cable running discreetly through the garment’s lining connects the panels to a removable battery pack in the jacket’s front pocket. A special snap-flap closure provides easy access to the battery pack, and its double USB port allows the user to conveniently connect it with up to two mobile phones, tablets or e-reader devices via USB cord. The battery pack can also be charged via a laptop or external power outlet, and when not in use, it stores energy for use at a later time.
The water resistant, lightweight removable solar panel unit is made with flexible amorphous silicon technology developed by Pvilion. When exposed to full sunlight, the high output solar cells can fully charge the battery pack which, in turn, can fully charge a standard 1500mAh mobile device up to four times.
For more information on this project and Solar Powered Clothing, please contact Pvilion here or visit Tommy’s website here.