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Office Depot To Carry Solar-Charging Bags

Delray Beach, Fla. — Office Depot announced that it will now carry a line of solar-charging messenger bags and backpacks.  

The Voltaic bags come with three lightweight, waterproof solar panels that generate up to 4 watts of power –— enough energy to charge nearly any handheld electronic device, said the company in a release.

Voltaic Systems is a New York-based private company that is “focused on the development and popularization of sustainable products.” The first Voltaic solar backpacks were launched in 2004.

Three different bags are available:

The Voltaic converter solar-charging bag is designed for use as a stand-alone daypack, or it can be attached it to another bag. The bag is padded to carry a notebook computer and includes a lined MP3/sunglasses pouch. It features high-density padding in the shoulder straps and back panel, and can be worn as a backpack or a sling bag.

The Voltaic messenger bag is a mobile solar-power generator engineered to charge handheld electronic devices without a power outlet. This bag is designed for the professional or businessperson traveling to the office and/or going on a short business trip.

The Voltaic backpack comes with 1,850 cubic inches of storage space, including multiple pockets and wire channels for electronic devices. It features high-density padding in the shoulder straps and back panel, and nylon mesh backing for better air flow. It also includes an adjustable phone/MP3 pouch on the shoulder strap, a padded laptop sleeve and a lined pouch inside.

The bags are also made largely from recycled plastic soda bottles, said the company. Suggested retails range from $179 to $219.

All are available at and on Office Depot’s green Web site at