If you are a night runner, then this one is for you. Created by U.K. based sports gear startup, Vollebak, the Solar Charged Jacket phosphorescent membrane absorbs light during the day and release its “kryptonite green energy” for those who need to be safe after dark
Named as one of TIME magazine’s Best Inventions as Sports Gear of the Year by WIRED, the Solar Charged Jacket is made from a highly responsive material that can be instantly charged and made to glow in the dark by any light source you can find.
The core tech that enables the jacket to glow is its membrane an ultra-thin layer placed inside a translucent mesh that keeps the rain out and let’s sweat escape. Engineered with a phosphorescent compound it rapidly stores any light it comes into contact with and re-emits it slowly over time.
The membrane acts as if it’s alive, absorbing sunlight like a plant. And with the phosphorescence engineered into the membrane itself, the tech sits at the very center of the fabric, so it can’t wash out or rub off. This jacket is also very useful for mountain hikers.
The Solar Charged Jacket is naturally fueled fast by sunlight, so one of the easiest ways to charge it is by wearing it outside during the day or hanging it outside in the sunlight.
And while this is the kind of tech that would normally only work in a lab, the Solar Charged Jacket performs amazingly out in the real world. With every detail laser cut and welded, it’s waterproof, stretchy, highly breathable, and so soft and lightweight you can roll it up into your hand. It is very safe for all the warehouse workers etc.
You can write on this jacket by any light. Whether you’re writing on it with your iPhone torch, drawing on it with a flashlight, charging it up underneath a lightbulb, or wearing it out in the sunshine, as soon as you take it somewhere dark it glows like kryptonite. When it’s fully charged at night it glows green like kryptonite. As well as being a cool party trick, it can be life-saving on a mountain.
To see how effective it is and how it works you just have to go into a dark room and start writing on it by using the torch on your phone against the surface of the fabric as if you were using a pen on paper. It will start glowing instantly and leave a trail of light. There is no time lag or warming up. The fabric reacts the moment light strikes it and starts glowing
While the entire jacket is made from the same highly breathable material, we’ve laser cut three air vents under each armpit to provide a little extra airflow when you’re working your hardest. All six vents have welded edges to keep the material intact.
It is very useful for the darkness lovers and runners, who like jogging. The fabric reacts so rapidly you can see the jacket’s tech at work anywhere, but the darker the room you’re in or the mountain you’re on, the brighter the glow will appear. Its usage is all dependent on the logic behind the jacket is really simple: the brighter the source you charge it with, and the longer you charge it, the more energy it will absorb and the longer and brighter it will glow. Its glow will remain for 12 hours after charging.