Do more than just carry your camera

by Cristina Foung

My favorite green product of the week:
the Nova solar camera bag from Eclipse Solar Gear

What is it?
The Nova solar camera bag first and foremost is a camera bag. It’s a large cavity bag that can hold an SLR and 3 lenses. It also comes with adjustable foam dividers so you can tailor the inside to work for your gear.

But what makes it really exceptional is that the top of the bag has a solar charging module. It is compatible with any 12V car adapter.

Why is it better?
I’m sure I’m not the only one who occasionally forgets to charge her camera batteries before heading out the door. It can be a pretty tragic situation if you get your camera out to take some photos and you’re out of juice. With the Nova, you’ve got a way to charge up even if you’re away from an outlet. The only draw back is that you can’t be time pressured – depending on the amount of sunlight, it could take 4 to 6 hours to charge your cell phone or your digital camera.

And of course, harnessing the sun’s energy is a great way to cut back on emissions associated with electricity generation. It also let’s you off the hook for remembering to unplug your charger from a wall socket (boo vampire power).

Where can you find it?
You can get it directly from Eclipse Solar Gear for $139.95. Or you could enter the Gimme Some Action contest and win one for free!

Besides her green products column on Cleantech Blog, Cristina is a passionate advocate for green living at the Green Home Huddle at, which focuses on electric cars, energy efficient appliances, and other green products.

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