Off-grid solar bench with wireless charging and Wi-Fi

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California State University – Dominguez Hills has new off-grid solar powered benches on its campus, provided by Bluebolt Outdoor LLC.

The bench provides off-grid wireless charging for student devices like phones and tablets and contains a Wi-Fi access point. It has integrated LED lighting, USB charging ports, and a double-sided poster display space. The bench also contains environmental sensors for monitoring air quality and flood and fire detection.

Bluebolt’s Solar-Powered Benches recently installed at California State University Dominguez Hills.
Image: Bluebolt Outdoor

Bluebolt said it manages advertising sales for the poster locations within customer-approved categories. The benches have been deployed in Katy, Texas, Victorville, California, and by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in Boston, Massachusetts.

Solar generation in the off-grid unit is stored in a lithium-ion battery. The bench has a monocrystalline solar panel with 135 W of power and 21.6% efficiency, making it considerably less powerful than the 400 W+ panels installed on residential rooftops today.

The onboard battery is rated at 12.8 V and 55 Ah. Full specifications sheet can be found here.

Bluebolt said it will continue a rollout of its product at locations in Arkansas, California, Illinois, and Texas this summer.

The company also provides solar-integrated newspaper kiosks that also contain Wi-Fi hotspots and wired and wireless charging ports.

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