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MacBook Drinks Solar with Apple Juicz


While Apple is greening up its laptops, it isn’t spitting out solar products yet. So, taking up the call, QuickerTek has put out an awesome new product specifically for Macophiliacs. Fitting the MacBook, a foldable sheet of thin-film solar cells can charge up your laptop for free – well, after you shell out the big bucks for the product.

Depending on how fast you want your battery recharged (and how much you have to spend), you can get an 18 watt panel that takes 14 hours to charge up your MacBook, a 27 watt panel that takes 8 hours, or a 55 watt panel that can get you juiced up in as few as 5 hours.

Now, the sheets range from $500 to $1,000, so I’m not quite sure what the incentive is to use this rather than WAY cheaper plug-in, unless you have a massively guilt-ridden eco-conscience or you’re rarely near an outlet, which, let’s face it, is unlikely to be the case if you own a MacBook.

I think the demand for realistically priced (and sized) ways to charge laptops with solar is increasing, so hopefully soon we’ll see more options attached lower price tags.

Via GoodCleanTech

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written by Andrew Leinonen, June 24, 2008
I hate articles like this.

I can't imagine that any lifestyle that would embrace products as ridiculously expensive and frivolous as this could ever be considered sustainable.

You're infinitely better off forking over that $1000 and buying a 100W solar installation for your house that can actually be configured at the correct tracking angle and generate electricity every day for the grid. Or better yet, some small scale wind.

Silly.
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Wouldn't spare batteries be better?
written by Patrick Kilhoffer, June 24, 2008
Hopefully they aren't thinking this is a mass market product. I could see some value if I was writing a book while camping. Maybe. On the other hand if prices got down to $100 or so it would be nice to be able to work in the park all day and not have to worry about the battery going dead.
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the new .com
written by The Food Monster, June 24, 2008
http://thefoodmonsterblog.blogspot.com
It sounds like the dot com era is over and is now transitioning into the renewable energy company boom.
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written by Andrew Leinonen, June 24, 2008
If it's bright enough for the solar power to really be doing its job, I expect it would also be bright enough to make staring at a laptop display very frustrating.

The idea is clearly just an opportunity to cash in on the trendy idea of sustainability (while at the same time ignoring its actual tenets). Feh!
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Hard to Justify
written by Sustainable Home Design, August 05, 2008
The only real problem with products like these are the economics of it. If products like these could be manufacured and sold for an extremely low cost it would be easier to support. With so many areas that P.V. could be improved on and marketed to this one seems a bit hard to justify.

Charles Precht
Sustainable Design
www.sustainablehomeplans.com
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Found Apple Juicz Cheaper Prices
written by WC, June 09, 2009
Found a site that is offering the Apple Juicz below the retail price thought you may find it useful, figured it was worth a look.

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