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Portable solar powered window socket

Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the Window Socket is a portable solar-powered electrical socket that affixes to a window and harnesses solar energy through a built-in solar panel. It is designed to be as intuitive as possible, and can be used in an apartment, on a ship or inside a car – or anywhere with access to sunlight. The socket stores excess energy in an internal 1000mAh battery, which is enough to charge a mobile phone. Once charged it can be taken off the window and carried anywhere while in use – including on the move. Simple and elegant! Too bad it is still concept now.

Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket

i really love this design, it’s a pity it hasn’t been created yet, but when it does i’ll be sure to get it. Here are some pros and cons of this design


  • it’s portable, small and easily carried in a purse or bag
  • can be used anywhere as long as there is a window and light, very useful for travel no need to buy countless transformers/converters for each new destination
  •  easy to use
  • cheap to maintain(don’t need electricity) and practically pays for it’s self
  •  if the design was modified it could be used to power much more than just phones


  • it’s not realistic a solar panel that small would not produce enough energy to power a phone in a short period of time
  • no protection for the solar panel: even the smallest scratch could ruin the overall efficiency of the socket, the suction cups are too flimsey to provide protection from scratches or even potential falls that could result in a cracked solar panel

Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket
Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket
Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket

to see the pictures go to http://www.designswan.com/archives/window-socket-solar-energy-powered-socket.html#more-5764