U. Suren Vikash of Thunk in India with the solar charger back packs developed by him, in Coimbatore, on Friday. —Photo: K. Ananthan
For those on the move, recharging their mobile phone or tablet computer is made easier by Thunk in India. The product developed by it is wealth generated out of not just waste but also from green power.
A company that was started in December 2008 has a design studio here, Thunk in has developed back packs and sling bags made of rubber tubes. These have solar panels connected to batteries. The battery can be used to recharge mobile phones or tablet computers in the bag.
U. Suren Vikash, product designer at Thunk in, told The Hindu on Saturday that Thunk in develops products from materials that cannot be recycled. For instance, it launched two years ago bags woven with fabric made of polythene covers. Then it came out with back packs and sling bags made out of rubber tubes.
Now, after six months of conceptualisation, design, and product development, Thunk in has launched solar-powered bags.
Solar panels (six watt each) that are imported from Japan are attached to the bags. The bags are designed in such a way that the panels are exposed to direct sunlight when the bags are carried outdoors. The panel is connected to a 5,500 mAh battery in the bag. This recharges the mobile phone or tablet that is kept inside.
Thunk in usually launches one or two collection of products a year. It plans to make 1,000 back packs and 1,000 slings bags with the solar panels.
Some of its earlier products were sold through select retail outlets.
It has started accepting orders online on its website from customers in India and abroad for the solar bags. It will also be able to take up bulk orders from institutions. “We will be able to deliver the products in August – September. The response has been encouraging so far,” he says.