We met industrial designer Ryan Hetzel at this year’s Outdoor Retailer and talked about the possibilities of a solar-powered tank bag. Touring motorcycles are starting to have power outputs, but many bikes don’t so you’re out of luck if you are trying to keep your phone charged.

We gave him our Switch bag and he made a number of modifications. We think it came out pretty well. See below for details…

solar powered tank bag

Closeup of the bag mounted on the motorcycle.


Ryan added wings with integrated magnets that allow the bag to attach securely to the bike.


Front view of the bag with easy to grab zipper pulls. The bag is wider at the bottom so that the top of the bag will sit horizontally when attached to the bike.


Open bag ready for charging.


Off the bike, the wider base of the bag helps to orient the panels toward the sun.


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