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Folding USB Solar Cell

A project in Milwaukee, WI by Brown Dog Gadgets

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An inexpensive, easy to use, practical, every day solar USB system. For those of us not just preparing for the end of the world.
Backers: 1755
Average Pledge Per Backer: $110

Funded: $193,230 of $5,000
Dates: Apr 2nd -> May 2nd (30 days)
Project By: Brown Dog Gadgets
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Latest News

Kickstarter campaign, portable solar charger net new career

May 23rd - via:
Joshua Zimmerman’s hobby took off when he combined the power of the sun with the unyielding need for our mobile devices to remain charged, particularly when people are on camping trips or backpacking. (Read More)

Almost there....

May 1st - via:
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Backers, check your pledges!

April 24th - via:
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It's Dusty In Here

April 24th - via:
Greetings Backers! A quick update with a few items. You're probably going to lose it anyways... Someone suggested that I include a dust cover for the USB port on the solar cells.  Thats not a bad idea.  Not bad at all.  I was day dreaming about... (Read More)

About Tablets and iPads

April 16th - via:
To tablet or not to tablet...Wisconsin finally gave me a break today by actually have some sunlight.  (Go figure, the one time I try and launch a major solar charger and I get 8 days of rain and clouds...) So after a long day of teaching I head to... (Read More)

Local inventor uses Kickstarter to fuel solar charger business

April 16th - via:
Joshua Zimmerman isnt a full-time inventor, but thats about to change. The 30-year-old middle school science teacher has raised almost $100,000 on Kickstarter project, the Folding USB Solar Cell. With 15 days left, the Milwaukee history buff has well surpassed his $5,000 goal to build an inexpensive, easy-to-use, practical, every-day solar USB system. (Read More)

Wisconsin Didn't Get The Memo About Spring

April 15th - via:
Greetings backers and awkward lurkers!Everything I read about doing a successful Kickstarter campaign says that you have to constantly be communicating with your backers.  Even when you have nothing to update or say.  So.... how are you doing?... (Read More)

Solar Charger Unfolds Kickstarter Success Story

April 13th - via:
A Wisconsin middle school teacher was aiming for $5,000 for his 5-watt folding USB solar charger, but he's raised more than $80,000, with 18 days to go. (Read More)

Kickstarter Tech Project of the Week: Folding USB Solar Cell

April 12th - via:
No outlets? No worries! Juice your gadgets with this fold-up USB solar charger from a middle-school science teacher. (Read More)

Rain + Solar Don't Mix

April 10th - via:
Greetings backers!   With 21 days left to go we've just hit $70,000 in funding.  Thats 1,200% of what we were aiming for.   Last week I said I'd do some filming of the 10W and 7W charging up an iPad.  Well I've been attempting to do that, but... (Read More)

Of Gadgets and iPads

April 6th - via:
Greetings! I'm just floored at how amazing this Kickstarter drive has been! Currently we're sitting at $55,000, which is 1,100% of our goal. Insane! Now if only the next 26 days continue to go as well... People have been asking about tablet and iPad... (Read More)

48 Hours and 550%!

April 4th - via:
Wow!  Thank you everyone for supporting us in this!  We're awe struck at how far we've come in just 48 hours.  To reach $27,500 in two days is more than we ever expected. As per the request of many, we've added the 10W Cell and a 10,000mAh lithium... (Read More)

10W Pictures Up

April 3rd - via:
Thanks to everyone who is supporting this project, and putting up with some bumps along the way. Let me again apologize about the whole "Add $5 for shipping" fiasco.  I should have put that into the unit price to begin with.  I know I've annoyed... (Read More)


April 3rd - via:
I never expect to get 200%, let alone 300%.  Thanks everyone. I'll be posting some pictures of the 10W and 10,000mAh pack in an hour or two. Since things are going well, I plan on doing some very short videos over the next week. Again, thank you all... (Read More)


April 2nd - via:
Thanks everyone!  We met our goal in about 6 hours, and in 10 hours we were at 150%! We've added as rewards a 10W Folding Solar Cell option and a 10,000mAh Power Bank option, as well as a combined 10W plus 10,000mAh option.  Clearly there is a... (Read More)

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