Gallery: Top 6 Solar Powered Bags to Take You Back to School in Style



For those of you crazy kids who prefer messenger-style bookbags, there's the Sun-Plugged Solar Urban bag. Its grey and sky blue exterior is as tough (waterproof, scratch resistant) as it is attractive and each one comes with a USB power cord and adapters for iPods/iPhones, and a variety of other phones. The convenient outer pockets and secure inner laptop compartment make it easy to keep all of your notebooks, pens and various other tsotchkes nice and neat.

Sun-Plugged Solar Urban Messenger - $139 at Amazon

Our top 6 picks for solar powered backpacks to take your back to school in style:

Eclipse Solar Backpack – $179.95 at Ethical Ocean

Sakku Buddy $497 at Sakku

Voltaic Converter Solar Bag – $199 from The Ultimate Green Store

Augusta Solar Bag – $442 at Evolve

Eco Traveler Backpack – $149 at Brookstone

Sun-Plugged Solar Urban Messenger – $139 at Amazon


It may be camo, but the Eclipse solar backpack has standout style. With a charging module that provides 4 watts of power to revive your gadgets from the dead, you’ll never have to worry about missing a text from that cutie you just met in biology. Plus it’s roomy enough for all of your books and the felt lining is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

Eclipse Solar Backpack – $179.95 at Ethical Ocean


We’ve featured Sakku bags before, and we’re feeling their newest line of masterfully-crafted solar bags even more than the last. Not only do they have the added advantage over similar bags of having a battery that can store solar energy (meaning that you can charge up your electronics even at night or when there is no direct sunlight), each bag is manufactured in Switzerland and all of the emissions generated during production are offset. Plus the head-turning nautical styling of the Sakku Buddy (pictured here) is definitely an added bonus.

Sakku Buddy $497 at Sakku


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  1. syntonic August 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    This list is great, I didn’t even know there were all these other solar bags, I got mine at I think its was the best investment I ever made considering I can charge my phone anywhere!

  2. rixturey August 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Love the backpacks — hate the price. If it were less than $50 more people would buy them.

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