Modding a laptop to be solar?

I saw an instructable for a solar-charged ds lite (the solar panels soldered right to the top) and I was wondering if it would be possible on a larger scale for a laptop. Would this be terribly tricky to do? Would it hurt the screen? Any information at all would be awesome, many thanks.

canucksgirl5 years ago
Is it possible? Yes. Samsung already has a laptop available with solar panels built in the lid to allow you to charge the internal battery.

http://www.samsung.com/us/business/laptops/NP-NC215-A01US
+1. I think the ratio of the ratios between the ds and laptops lid areas, and battery capacity is such that you may end up with more of a trickle charger unless you build extra panels that fold out.

Using made up numbers:
Lid area (ds:laptop): 1:5
battery capacity: 1:10
This means one unit of solar cells properly charges one unit of battery and so in this example you would have half as many cells as needed.

I could be totally wrong but laptops are very power hungry so it stands to reason this would be the case.
I remember seeing some prototype solar laptops over the past few years that utilized a fold out in the lid to increase the solar panel area. And you are correct, I use a laptop all the time, and they are definitely power hungry machines (depending on the resources you are consuming of course). The only feasible way that I see something like this working is for someone who is truly on the go and outside more often than inside. For me, I spend a lot of time on my laptop inside and during the day and it charges throughout the night, so a solar laptop wouldn't really be of any benefit to me. Plus you'd still have to use a battery (and simply charge that) versus relying on the solar panels for running the machine as you'd have a heck of a time positioning the lid to the sun while you operated it. :-)