Wednesday, July 13, 2011

DIY Green: Solar-powered USB charger disguised as a coffee cup

Meet "Mr. Buzz."

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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  • James Long/GadgetGangster.com
At first glance, it may just look like a plain old disposable coffee cup. But look again and you'll see a thin solar panel attached to one side and a USB cord. Meet, "Mr. Buzz."

Created by James Long (a.k.a: the "Gadget Gangster") on the DIY site Instructables, Mr. Buzz harnesses the rays of the sun to power devices and charge its 2400mA battery pack. It can charge just about any electronic device with a 'Type A' USB jack (i.e.: many cell phones, MP3 players, hand-held gaming systems, etc.). And when the sun isn't out, the rechargeable batteries can hold 2,500 milliamps — enough power to fully charge an iPhone or similar device twice.

Now you can get even more juice to your devices while at work or on-the-go to allow you to waste even more time playing video games, texting, keeping up with the social media world, etc. Even better, you can make it yourself at home!

Find all of the instructions here on Instructables and all of the materials needed can be purchased online at the Gadget Gangster website.

Information and photo via Instructables.

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