Louis Voltaic Solar Bag Jeff September 18, 2009 All, DIY 9 Comments There’s a new IT bag in Los Angeles. Solar DJ Mark Farina has outfitted a thrift store designer bag with one of our 1.3 Watt solar panels and battery. We think the design is quite clean and Mark is taking requests to solar-up your bag. Credit to Mark for all photos. He can be reached here. Please note, this design is a bit underpowered compared to the usual Voltaic bags which have three 1.3 Watt panels so charge times will be proportionately slower. Step 1: Parts and Tools 1-3 1.3 Watt Panels ($30-$90) 1 Circuit Box Set ($3) 1 JetPack Battery Set ($75) 1 used/salvaged handbag, preferably with a flat front Sharp knife Super glue Needles & thread Step 2: Cut slot into backing behind front panel Cut an opening just wide enough to fit the panel through. Be careful not to sever the front panel. Step 3: Cut a hole in the front panel to match the panel size You want this to be exact. Trace the border first and then cut carefully, making sure not to cut through the backing. If you make the cut a bit smaller than the panel, the fabric can cover up the edges of the panel. Step 4: Attach the panel to the backing There are a variety of ways to connect the panel to the backing including screws and rivets (just drill holes in the corner of the panels), but super glue can work as well as long as you don’t put a lot of force on the panel while wearing the bag. Step 5: Manage the Wires to the Battery The battery clips nicely inside this bag, but you will need to connect it to the solar panel via the circuit box. The box allows you to string multiple panels together and also prevents power from flowing backward out of the battery into the panels. Since the circuit box is lightweight, you can cut and glue small pieces of velcro and glue them to both the box and the bag. This will keep it secure and out of the way. A few well-placed stitches will further keep the wires where you want them. Step 6: Place the LED The circuit box set comes with an LED. When enough light hits the panel, the LED illuminates. Cut a small in the front of the bag where you want the LED located. Connect the LED to the circuit box and slide it to the hole. Another stitch here will keep the LED in place. Step 7: Take the bag out on the town. 9 Responses Stacey Layne September 29, 2009 Please indicate how a cell phone or other electronic device be plugged into this. Reply Jeff Crystal September 29, 2009 The battery comes with a series of adapters for most cell phones. Connect the adapter to the battery shown in the instructions, and the adapter to the phone and you’re charging. The battery is useful because it allows you to use the bag even if the sun is not out. The full adapter list is here: http://voltaicsystems.com/diy/connectors/ Reply DolceLuver February 18, 2010 Why ruin that perfectly good LV? Interesting experiment but why not use a replica or something? Reply SumPunk March 23, 2010 Where did it mention she ruined it? To me it only looks like she made it better… Reply julia March 29, 2010 I’m very interested! How long it takes to make this bag? Thanks Reply Alie August 5, 2011 Can it only charge cell phones? What about something like a laptop? Reply admin August 5, 2011 Hi Alie, Only cell phones. To charge a laptop, you need a lot more solar power. Something like the Generator Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.