For us the purpose of an umbrella is just limited for providing us shade from the hot scorching sun in the summer and to protect us from rain and snow. However Vodafone has unveiled a unique solar powered umbrella that can charge mobile phones and support 3G signals too. It is called Booster Brolly and is made especially for the music festivals so that you can get uninterrupted signal and don’t face a low battery problem. Highly sensitive solar panels are attached to the canopy of the umbrella and the volt panels convert the sun’s energy to electricity which is stored in the battery fixed in the handle.
A smartphone can be charged in about three hours according to the claims of the company. The Booster Brolly umbrella weighs only 800 grams and also features a LED torch and will be tested at the 2012 Isle Of Wight Festival in a few days time.
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