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This Solar-Powered Laptop Never Needs to Be Plugged In

Adele Peters

Until now, solar-powered gadgets have tended to be small—say, a flashlight or a simple mobile phone. Unless you're carrying around giant solar panels, it's hard to power something that takes more energy. But SOL, a new laptop designed to be used off the grid, manages to charge an entire computer with nothing but solar power. The designers say it's intended for educational use in developing countries.

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