This Solar-Powered Beach Mat Charges Your Phone & Chills Your Beverages

This Lebanese student has found a solution to keeping cool all year round with his innovative eco-friendly beach mat!

Believe it or not, he's created these mats which not only charges your phone, but also chills your drinks!

AND they are solar-powered. 

Powered by a five-watt solar panel with a built-in thermal fridge, the lightweight design makes it easy to carry to and from any location and a small pocket provides storage space.

Antoine Sayah developed the product for a university project that prompted students to invent something that was both ecological and useful to their day-to-day lives.

“I designed something that could solve the problems I face when I go to the beach: My phone runs out of battery, water warms up in bottles, I can’t relax because mattresses cause back pain,” the 23-year-old student told Reuters. Sayah holds a degree in product design from a school in Italy but is currently studying architecture at Lebanon’s University Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, where he introduced the design.

Two weeks after posting the product to Instagram, Sayah sold 60 prototypes for $150 per mat and drew attention from people all around the world.

“I got phone calls from Brazil, Toronto, all Europe, especially France, America, from all continents, Africa and even from Congo,” said the young designer. “When I started developing the project, I thought only people in Lebanon will see it and that will be it.”

Though Sayah and his product team are working to supply the unexpected demand, only 10 Beachills can be produced a day.

Sayah is currently reaching out to investors so he can expand the production and fulfill orders for local and global customers! 

But he's not stopping there; the Beachill has undergone a makeover. Sayah’s team have announced a bigger, customizable version that can be converted into a sofa or bed and features a 7-watt solar charger.

Check out the design in the gallery!