San Diego entrepreneur nabs $50K on Kickstarter for solar charger

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Jan 27, 2014 11:31 PM EST

Ian Sells, an entrepreneur based in San Diego, has raised more than $50,000 from nearly 700 backers on a Kickstarter campaign for a unique solar charger. The crowdfunding campaign ends on February 11, according to VentureBeat.

Most solar chargers available on the market are designed for laptops rather than mobile devices. Typically, these chargers stop working when the atmosphere becomes cloudy and the user needs to plug in the device manually to resume charging, the report explained.

According to Sells, StrongVolt took around four years to be finished. He said this product is unique in a way that it does not need manual plugging in because it will reconnect automatically when there is sunlight. The product is also compatible with tablets, e-readers, and any iOs and Android devices, the report detailed.

At present, Sells is currently seeking a patent on StrongVolt's solar charging technology. He will use the proceeds from the Kickstarter campaign to fund the first batch of chargers, VentureBeat reported.

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