Earlier this month Colorado’s Ascent Solar Technologies debuted its newest EnerPlex thin-film solar chargers at the Outdoor Retailer show. The thin-film solar chargers are flexible and extremely light, the Kickr 7 FL (Feather-light), weighs just 5 ounces or less than half a can of soda and provides 6.5 watts of charging power. The combination earned it numerous “Best of Show” awards at the outdoor industry’s premier show for new products.
The devices it debuted at the show included the Kickr 10 FL, a larger version as well as the Packr BC, a solar charger designed for technical backpacks and Explor 67 a battery with an IP67 rating, which is designed to withstand being submerged in water for up to 30 minutes.
The new thin-film chargers won one of GearJunkie’s “Best In Show 2016” and awards and was voted “Best of the Best” in its "GearJunkie's Outdoor Retailer Readers Choice Award.”
“EnerPlex cut the weight of its lightest solar panel…in half! The Kickr 7 FL ($100) is a 6.5-watt model with a 90-percent efficient regulator that weighs just 5.1 ounces due to new materials used and a streamlined design. It’s simple, folds up small and it powers USB-compatible devices with a single output. It's also available in a 9 watt model, the Kickr 10 ($130), that weighs 6.7 ounces,” Gear Junkie said.
In addition it received a “Best of Outdoor Retailer 2016” from The Manual, a men’s lifestyle guide and an “Innovative Gear and Gadgetry from OR 2016” award from New Atlas.
“Using Enerplex’s unique flexible film solar cells, the new KICKR FL panels are the lightest we’ve ever seen. By decreasing much of the backing material needed, you can easily haul enough solar power into the backcountry to power all your essentials from GPS units to DSLRs,” New Atlas wrote of the new panels.
Ascent Solar said its solar-on-plastic technology and redesigned encapsulation process resulted in the lighter package than the previous equivalent Kickr series of solar chargers. The new designs take from Ascent Solar’s aerospace and drone product development.Tweet