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Called SolarKindle, the case can provide you with months of reading time and over 50 hours of reading lamp use on a single charge. The battery in the cover can be charged using the solar panel, as well as USB – so if you’ve been cooped up indoors for a while you still have a charging option available. The case has a solar panel built into its front, that allows you to charge your Kindle (and the case) poolside, or while you’re involved in other outdoor activities. The built-in reading lamp in the case is expected to last for 50 continuous hours on a charge. In addition to powering your Kindle the case also has a built-in reading light that is powered entirely from the case’s battery rather than your Kindle. The SolarKindle was a 2012 International CES Innovations Design & Engineering Awards Honoree, and will be available for US$79.99.
The 2.8-ounce (79-gram) Innergie PocketCell is a little larger than a car key, and allows for hours of extra use of Apple and Android devices, MP3 players, and a variety of other mobile devices. It comes bundled with the Magic Cable Trio 3-in-1 charging cable, which allows devices with Apple, mini USB or micro USB connections to plug into a standard USB port. The PocketCell incorporates a 2.1 Amp USB power port and a 3,000 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery bank. Once charged, it can power devices directly, or be used to recharge their batteries. It can be charged via USB from a laptop or desktop computer, or using a USB power adapter.
SolLight’s solution is to combine a lightweight carry pouch, a solar charger and some stereo speakers into something called the SoliCharger-SP. Transferring the juice from a charger to a smartphone or media player can be a time-consuming affair, time could be spent listening to the music stored on the device. The SoliCharger-SP most practical way to charge a mobile phone and listen to some music. The charger’s solar panel is housed in a tough Cordura case, that can be used to zip up and protect a smartphone or media player when not in use. The charger’s 1,500mAh lithium-ion battery is said to have enough jungle juice to fully charge almost any phone or music player in under an hour. The case is also home to a pair of stereo speakers, which can provide some audio entertainment from the connected device while it receives charge from the SoliCharger-SP.
To cut down on the clutter of white Apple chargers vying for an electrical outlet in this situation, TwelveSouth has released its PlugBug accessory that piggybacks on a standard MacBook power adapter to provide an additional USB charge port to charge iDevice and a MacBook at the same time. The PlugBug will also function as a stand-alone charger for an iDevice and because it delivers 10 W and 2.1 amps of power, it can charge an iPad at the fastest rate. While the PlugBug adds a bit of extra bulk to a standard MacBook adapter, it is still more convenient than carting around two separate chargers and having to find two electrical outlets. It is compatible with all MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air power adapters and charges all iPads and iPhones.
Designers of solar chargers need to deal with a certain issue: how to build a charger so that it had easy access to maximum sunlight, without much effort on the user’s part. The Quirky community, a social project based around product development, has come up with solution – it’s the Ray solar charger, and it features a suction cup and a kickstand. Its suction cup can be used on any glass surface, such as house windows, or windows in cars and planes.