This LED Torch is Powered by Spherical Solar Cells

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Solar-powered torches consistently suffer from one glaring problem: they're ugly as hell. But that's nothing that a multidisciplinary creative collective from Japan can't solve.

Enter Graf. This Osaka-based team is made up of a range of experts, from an architect to a chef to a furniture designer. The collective designed an LED torch for the MoMA Store that's not only absolutely gorgeous but also rather sophisticated in terms of technological prowess.

This LED Flashlight Is Powered by Spherical Solar Cells

The so-called Sphelar Solar Flashlight is powered by a collection of eco-friendly, spherical solar cells embedded in the handle. The shape of the cells ensure that they collect the Sun's rays on all sides instead of just on the surface. A full charge will provide up to four hours of LED brightness, and the torch comes with a handsome wooden dock that keeps the spherical solar cells exposed.

The Sphelar will set you back $150 (around £90 excluding shipping to UK), but think of it this way: you'll never have to buy batteries again. [MoMA Store via bltd]

This LED Flashlight Is Powered by Spherical Solar Cells