Sun Powered Laptop: SoI Promises 10 Hours from 2 Hours of Solar Charge

August 7, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Charging your devices  has always been a problem when you are on the go. What if you can do that with the power of the sun above? Canadian company WeWi has developed an Ubuntu-powered  laptop that can be charged by solar power.

WeWi claims that on 2 hours of charging the battery by unfolding the SoI’s panels, the laptop can run for a full 10 hours. If this is true, then it indeed is a huge achievement. Moreover, the 13.3-inch panel of the device requires plenty of juice.

The laptop is an entry level model, but comes with impressive specs. The SoI laptop flaunts a 10-watt Intel Atom D2500 processor. It also has 802.11b/g/n WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and multimode LTE capabilities thrown in.


The device employs a 3 megapixel webcam, three USB 2.0 ports, 10/100 Ethernet, a media card reader and an HDMI output.

The chassis of the laptop is built with durable, reinforced materials and complex military industrial design so as to combat abuse. The price is estimated to be $350. If you are willing to pay $400, a variant that fights moist conditions can be bought. So a $50 extra could make your device water resistant. Don’t you think that’s an awesome offer?

The device packs a set of four 12-inch solar panels that are efficient enough to recharge a 45 watt hour battery in just 2 hours.

Further, it needs to be noted that Ubuntu  saves a few dollars on licensing fees too. There could be some devices available for $200 if you are willing to compromise on the battery life, LTE connectivity and the like. But then, in present conditions, we think SoI could be an excellent choice. All we hope for is a toned down price tag in the coming days. Well. Let’s hope.

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