We here at Inhabitat love all things solar power, and one of our favorite sun-soaking objects has always been the solar power backpack for its amazing ability to charge our gadgets on the go! Apart from the obvious benefits of keeping your mobile phone charged up, our own Editor-in-Chief Jill Fehrenbacher quickly found that the nerdy solar backpack came with a surprising set of added benefits when she started using it – it was the perfect conversation starter to spark up a connection with anyone, anywhere. Read ahead to find out how Jill turned her geeky solar backpack into a great attention-getting and friend-making object. And if you have a story of finding a surprising new use in an unlikely item, share it with us here, for a chance to win a bunch of cool prizes, including an all-expenses-paid vacation for six to California’s Napa Valley!