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    Voltaic Launches Array and Fuse 10W Solar Laptop Chargers

    New York, NY – October 31, 2011 – Voltaic Systems redefines the meaning of mobile computing with the launch of its two new solar laptop chargers, the Array and Fuse 10W. The Array is a rugged backpack and the Fuse 10W is designed to attach easily to other backpacks and bicycle racks. Both provide ample clean and renewable power for the demands of today’s portable electronics.

    Created for workers and adventurers who travel far from power outlets, but still need to stay connected, the Array and Fuse 10W provide up to 30 minutes of laptop runtime for every hour in the sun. In addition to powering most modern laptops, they will also charge most tablets, professional digital cameras, and smartphones. When the sun is unavailable, the internal battery holds enough power to more than double the runtime on many laptops. The battery can also be re-charged from the included wall charger.

    “Since we launched the first solar backpack in 2004, the number one customer request has been to make a backpack that charges laptops,” said Shayne McQuade, CEO of Voltaic Systems. “With the Array and Fuse 10W, we are giving our customers two great portable charging options.”

    Voltaic is also launching the V60 Universal Laptop Battery, which provides backup power for laptops, tablets and smartphones.

    10 Watts of Power for Fast Charging

    Integrated into the front of the Array and Fuse 10W are three 3.4-Watt solar panels. Run times will vary by laptop, but these high-efficiency monocrystalline cells will power a MacBook Air for 30 minutes after 60 minutes in direct sun. The cells are encased in a clear, UV and scratch resistant coating, and backed by a rigid aluminum composite material. These rugged panels are waterproof and built to withstand the abuse of everyday use.

    Flexible Charging

    The Fuse 10W attaches to other objects including backpacks and bicycle racks using an innovative buckle and clip systems. The front section of the Array is detachable from the main body of the backpack and can be attached to objects the same way as the Fuse 10W.

    High Output, Dual-Port Battery

    The included V60 battery has 60 Watt hours of capacity, larger than most laptops’ internal battery. It will charge tablets up to twice and smartphones up to 8 times. The battery has two output ports: one for charging laptops and other high Voltage devices and a 5V USB port for charging phones, tablets and other low Voltage devices.

    Power for Digital Cameras

    Users can connect a car charger cradle for their digital camera battery for DSLR charging.

    Full-Featured Backpack

    The Array is designed to store and manage a wide range of electronics. It has 1,500 cubic inches of storage space, a padded laptop sleeve, waist strap, chest strap and an integrated phone pouch.

    Key features and specifications of the Array ($389) and Fuse 10W ($339) include:

    • 10 Watts solar power – panels available in silver or charcoal
    • 60 Watt hour battery with 5V/2A, 12V/4A, 16V/3.5A and 19V/3A output
    • Charging cables with 5 standard phone and universal adapters and 9 standard laptop adapters to connect to most handheld electronics (MacBooks can be charged with Airline Adapter from Apple and Voltaic’s optional car charger socket)
    • 18″ high x 14″ wide x 8″ inches for the Array and 16.5” high x 10.5” wide x 1.25” wide for the Fuse 10W
    • About 5.5 pounds including solar panels and battery for the Array and 3.6 pounds for the Fuse 10W
    • Flexible ¾” and 1” buckle and strap system to attach to nearly anything
    • Waterproof fabric manufactured from recycled PET


    The Array, Fuse 10W and V60 Universal Battery are available now on and with select retailers. To purchase and for more information, go to and or

    Voltaic was founded in 2004 to develop energy solutions using environmentally-intelligent designs. For more information please visit, or contact us at 1.877.304.6861 x701 or [email protected].

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