Yolk’s Solar Paper portable charger raised over $1 million on Kickstarter and is now available to everyone. The Solar Paper gained a massive amount of attention as the world’s thinnest and lightest solar charger suitable for phones and backup batteries. The latest-generation panels output the most wattage per surface area of any other product currently available. This technology isn’t yet suitable for large scale applications (like rooftop projects) due to its complexity and price. We expect pricing to continue to decline as global economies continue to shift toward renewable energy sources.
The Solar Paper is very beautifully constructed – you can tell talented industrial designers were involved in its development!
The Solar Paper has an incredibly tight form factor when collapsed. The connections between panels are robust, magnetically connected, and stand up to months of regular use. The plugs aren’t fragile either. On a sunny day, charge a smartphone to full in 2.5-3 hours. Unlike many similar yet high-maintenance devices, the Solar Paper does not require resetting every time a cloud passes overhead – instead, it just resets itself and keeps humming right along.
Compatible with ANY device that charges via USB cable: phone, tablet, flashlight, e-cigarette, camera, etc.
The Solar Paper’s panels are a little bit finicky. They really need to be in direct sunlight to produce power. Brightly lit rooms indoors, or overcast days, simply won’t cut it. Fortunately there’s a small LCD display that shows available voltage. According to the manufacturers, a value of 6.4+ indicates good sun. Maybe you live in Seattle, or Vancouver, and want to go solar anyway? No worries – the Solar Paper’s panels re easily expandable. Just click additional magnetic panels into place. Each panel adds approximately 2.5W maximum charging capacity.
Most phones only require 2 panels (as pictured above) to charge. Two panels output 5V, 1A. However, an iPhone 6s+ or tablet will require FOUR panels (a 10-watt setup) minimum to charge. If you aren’t sure how many panels you need, check this quick reference guide.
All things considered, we’re super-excited about the advancements in solar energy generally, and the Solar Paper in particular. Every green gadget that brings latest-generation tech to end users like us helps to advance the entire renewable energy industry.
Yolk Solar Paper video guide
Images source YOLK USA Inc.