Monday, 7 September 2009

Solar charger for iPhone

US company Novothink has announced Solar Surge, apparently the first Apple licensed solar charger case for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The case allows devices to be charged anywhere under the sun 'walking, running, hiking, or biking .... ideal for the beach, camping, or traveling' (says the press release from the California-based company - not so good for central London, obviously).

Basically it's like a standard case but with solar panels on the back, so headphones can be attached, there's a USB cable outlet and the normal external controls. The case has it's own battery to store the power and LEDs indicate the power left. The company has a Solar Planner available on its web site ( to help users estimate solar needs for iPhone 3G and 3GS usage.

Available in a variety of colors, the iPod Touch version is priced at $69.95 in the US and will available at the end of September. The iPhone versions are due in the fourth quarter.

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