Have you ever been out and about, and your phone/tablet/iPod/handheld gaming system runs completely out of battery? Typically to avoid this you have to carry around another device like a juicepack… until now. Tommy Hilfiger has created a portable charging wearable in the form of outwear. Hilfiger has partnered with flexible PV solar manufacturer Pvillion to launch a pair of jackets – one for men and another for women – that have an array of removable solar panels on the back to collect solar power for charging your gadgets.
The detachable Pvillion solar panels can snap on and off the back with ease. There is a cable running discreetly through the jacket’s lining connects the panels to a removable battery pack in the coat’s front pocket. A snap-flap closure has easy access to the battery pack and its double USB port allows users to effortlessly connect up to two mobile phones, tablets or e-reader devices via the USB cable. The battery pack can also be charged via external power outlet or laptop. When not in use the jacket stores energy to use for later.
The solar panel jacket costs $599 for both men’s and women’s styles, and are available from Tommy Hilfiger website and selected stores in North America. The jackets are limited edition only, and 50 percent of the proceeds of each jacket will go towards Fresh Air Fund.