Video: How To Charge Your Phone For Free In Central London

Geoff Marshall
By Geoff Marshall Last edited 44 months ago
Video: How To Charge Your Phone For Free In Central London

On a corner outside Tottenham Court Road tube station sits London's first Solarbox. It's a disused phone box which has been painted green and now offers a solar-powered charging point for mobile phone users.

It's taken 14 months from concept to launch and now the first of these Solarboxes — more are planned — is now up and running and available for anyone who needs to re-juice their smartphone in a hurry.

Solarbox is the invention of Kirsty Kenny and Harold Craston, and it earned them second place in the Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

You can get updates about the box on Twitter at @solarboxlondon

You might also like: other odd uses for London's phone boxes

Last Updated 08 October 2014


The solar panel on top of the phone box is manufactured by the Italian company Solbian Energie Alternative. It's a SP112Q flexible solar panel.

Robert Lukaszewski

Cool just stand up there 1 hour to charge your phone:)

And when I was in Poland in supermarket there was charginger boxs. You could lock your phone inside and go shopping.

And my correct 1 hour is for fast charging phones. Those green boxes don't have fast charging:( exactly like those charging bench in central London. My battery in Note4 is just standing in one place:)