You’re out and about town and it happens: your phone warns you it’s down to just a few percentages of life before it quits on you leaving you completely sad, alone and without your trusted portal to the web and your favorite apps. But wait, it’s 2014, it is the future — so you simply plug your phone into your coat, it starts charging, and you’re good to go. Or at least that’s apparently clothing company Tommy Hilfiger’s vision for the future of mobile charging.

In partnership with solar manufacturer Pvilion, Tommy Hilfiger’s unique new jacket contains 7 to 10 solar panels on the back and stores the energy it collects from the sun’s rays into a special power bank that stores up to 6000 mAh of energy. The battery can then be connected to up to two devices via USB while you wear the jacket, providing plenty of extra juice. Tommy doesn’t specify how long it actually takes to charge up the battery, but it is worth noting that the battery and panels are completely removable for washing and the battery can also be charged up through a regular outlet.


We have to admit that this thing sounds cool, but it certainly doesn’t look too appealing. This thing is just oozing with fashion, or not. While there are versions of the jacket for both men and women, we find it hard to believe anyone would feel that comfortable wearing this in public. Perhaps as a camping trip accessory, then? Only if you don’t mind paying $599 for something arguably so ugly, and therefore niche, that you’ll barely ever wear it.

With a high price tag and unconventional design you might wonder why Tommy Hilfiger even bothered. To their credit, the limited edition jacket is probably more about making a statement then bringing in the dough. Further confirming that pure profit isn’t the aim here, Hilfiger is donating 50 percent of the proceeds from the jacket towards the Fresh Air Fund — a non-profit agency that provides free summer vacations to the country for New York City children from disadvantaged neighborhoods.

What do you think of this unique charging jacket, if it were a bit cheaper and a touch less hideous, would consider picking something like this up?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • Tom Susala

    : It’s ugly….I’m no GQ model (or, fashionista,) but there’s GOT to be a more visually pleasing way of integrating the solar panels on the outside of the coat.. it kind of reminds me of old newsreels I used to see as a kid (I was a child in the 60s) predicting the “Styles of the future..”

    • crutchcorn

      But it’s worth it. Much much worth it. :P

  • crutchcorn

    I’d do it.

  • Alpha Bravo

    totally bullshit

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  • Alain Lafond

    That’s the price to pay to have an IPhone…
    $1000.00 for the device, and $600.00 for a charging device.
    I prefer a Samsung phone, with a $15.00 battery…
    No extra cables, no need for that special jacket, and enjoy long day outside while keeping in contact..

  • Magnetic1

    Couple of things not kosher.
    1. Sun is farther away and thereby the sunlight is not as strong during the winter.
    2. Who is going to wear a coat during the summer.

    • Paul M

      exactly, if the sun is strong enough to charge your phone, you’ll not be wearing a coat!

      how about a sombrero with solar panels on it?

    • Aqwaman

      My first thought exactly.

  • s2weden2000

    those would be good for aijphoney users…

  • Urbano Burriola

    Do I hear my 3 year old daughter crying? Ohhhh wait, its some trolls on this comment section. This is very cool. Peeps complaining that the sun is farther? Can you still see the sun? Is it still producing light where youre walking? Why Yes. yes it is. Isnt that sunlight going to produce solar energy to produce a charge? Why yes, Scotty it is!….

    • Mike – Construction Contractor

      So you’ve changed the definition of a ‘troll’ to someone who thinks this is a bad idea? Maybe you could not find anything better to say.

      • Urbano Burriola

        Actually you just changed the definition. I didn’t do anything, except comment on a post.

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