It seems as though we've reached a point in time where our technological advances in portable computing have outstripped our advances in battery technology, with the weakest link in mobile tech being the short life of most batteries and the inability to recharge them on the fly.
If there's one thing which annoys just about every laptop and tablet user, it's the fact that the battery life of most devices isn't capable of powering them through a full work day, and in order to get our portable devices powered again, we've got to plug them into a wall outlet for hours for a charge. However, there is another way to stay charged - with a DIY solar laptop charger.
The seemingly limitless power of the sun remains just a potential if we don't have a way to capture and store that energy as electricity. And while there are a number of great portable solar laptop chargers on the market, the price tags on them are enough to turn most of us away, as it's far easier to just plug in than to come up with $500 for a unit of our own. But if you're willing to get your hands a little dirty (and learn about electrical circuits and solar panels), then building your own DIY solar charger is a viable option.