A purse that can charge up your phone

Solar panels cover this special handbag

Solarjo

Regardless of what you think of its design, this is no ordinary handbag. The "Power Purse's" name refers not just to its importance as a fashion accessory but also to its functionality--as a portable source of solar energy.

The bag is covered with small solar panels that can power cell phones or any other gadgets through a USB port built into its interior. MobileWhack says the ingenius purse was designed by a student at Iowa State University and marketed through Solarjo, "a company that produces unlikely items from something that looks quite ordinary."

The price is expected to around $300, which isn't all that bad--it is, after all, a designer bag. But there's still no guarantee that you'll be able to find anything in it, with or without a solar light inside.

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