Charley Cameron

Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics

by , 06/27/14

Kyuho Song, Boa Oh, window socket, solar charger, solar battery

The Window Socket is an idea so fabulously simple, it’s slightly amazing that we haven’t seen one before. Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an internal battery, which enables one to either plug small devices into the outlet right there and then, or save the stored power for use during nighttime hours.


Kyuho Song, Boa Oh, window socket, solar charger, solar battery

According to Yanko Design, Kyuho Song & Boa Oh “tried to design a portable socket, so that users can use it intuitively without special training.” It sticks to a window with a suction plate that encircles the solar panel, and a basic outlet feeds the converted solar power to a device—and that’s pretty much it. As the designers point out, this is a charger/converter that can be used anywhere there’s daylight, particularly where there is restricted use of electricity, such as outdoors or on a plane.

At present, the Window Socket is still a concept, but in the near future the designers hope to increase its efficiency, energy storage and charge time. The battery on the Window Socket is very small; at 1000mAh the stored power might be about enough to charge a mobile phone—particularly if it were a USB outlet rather than a standard one, but it won’t be enough to power household appliances. And while it can provide 10 continuous hours of power on a full charge, it presently takes about 5-8 hours to fully charge. But even that can’t completely take a way from it’s awesome, simple design.

+ Window Socket

Via Yanko Design

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16 Comments

  1. ercan December 19, 2014 at 10:26 am

    just grate how we can buy it

  2. Guy Miflin September 19, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    I think it actually kind of cute! Does it need a minimum amount of sun light? And does it need a specific kind of window? I would love it for my car windshield. http://www.burnsidewindowsanddoors.ca/en/services.html

  3. David Wei July 20, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Great idea… except current solar cell is so inefficient it is pointless.

    In addition to the lousy efficiency, the situation is made worse by the less than transparent plastic on top of the cells, and not to mention that the solar cell is not optimally angled to receive the max rays.

    5 to 8 hours to fully charge?? you mean taking off everything on top of the solar cell and place it on a stand that it is optimally angled to receive light. That would be possible, with the current setup, I don’t think you can even fully charge the battery under summer sun for a whole day.

  4. dondep June 30, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    USB! USB! USB!

  5. Doreen Johnson June 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I can’t wait until it comes to market.

  6. Lex ZeAgent April 30, 2014 at 11:37 am

    where can i buy one

  7. Sutil Tremt April 29, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Everyone talks about it but nobody knows where to buy.

  8. Justin Conrad February 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    What an amazing little thing. I wish I could buy it now.

  9. mranola February 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Where can something like that be bought? Can it be used for other plug orientation, such as flat pin, UK tri pin? How much does it cost?How long can it store the charge? What is the amount of peer can it store?

  10. Gabe Toth July 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Brilliant -now where does one obtain these?

  11. Christine Kaine June 17, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Do you have one for Australian plugs?

  12. mrjazzitup@hotmail.com May 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Ok the first problem I am seeing is the outlet is for a convention Alternative Current (AC) receptacle. This requires the internal electronics to convert the already stored energy from the battery or the energy being produced continuously from the solar energy, that is Direct Current (DC), to AC. Not to mention the phone charger or whatever else electronics you want to plug in have a input voltage of between 110-220V AC, depending on where you live. The solar cells combined with the battery will at most generate 12V DC if that, and so yet other electronics have to be implemented in that tiny thing to bump it up to the required voltage of 110-220V AC. The inefficiency seen from that little gadget is too much for it to be impractical. It would be much easier t just put a USB port at the end rather than a traditional AC receptacle.

  13. Denise Sclamo May 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Where can I get this?

  14. Nilesat channels receiver May 5, 2013 at 2:58 am

    That is very interesting. Is there a possiblity to buy? How much?

  15. GVicent May 1, 2013 at 8:05 am

    great gadget,were i can buy it?

  16. valdanrud valdanrud April 30, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    It might have a lot more potential if the product would be adapted to a USB port :) Great idea though!

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