One of my favorite applications of solar energy is via the small gadgets you can buy to keep your electronics charged.
Portable solar power is increasingly being used as technology advances result in smaller, and more powerful computers that often drain batteries quickly.
With this solar powered iPad case from Kudo, you can use energy from sunlight outdoors, or even artificial light indoors, to charge the 10,000 mAh battery. Its storage capabilities allow you to also plug in a smartphone, digital camera or mP3 music player.
The Kudocase is embedded with solar panels, yet remains a mere 4mm in thickness. According to the official website:
The KudoCase for iPad, iPad 2, and the New iPad 3rd Generation are pulling the plug on wasted power by using new solar ink technology to convert outdoor and indoor light into usable energy to continually charge the Apple iPad. Whenever light is shimmering around you this solar powered iPad case is charging your battery
According to the manufacturer, this solar charger can generate up to ten days of energy with average use:
The average user uses their iPad about two hours a day and accumulates either 14 hours of indoor light (windows, lamps…), one hour of sunlight (dashboard, windowsill…), or a combination of both per day. The Kudo iPad solar case brings in a constant trickle of energy throughout the day. Sunlight is much stronger than indoor light but we know our electronics are typically indoors, the Kudo is capable of drawing energy from the home or office as it continues to work even in low light environments. More light and less use means longer iPad time, conversely less light and more use means less iPad time before charging the old-school way. A lifeguard that only uses their iPad solar case a little may go weeks or months without needing a charge but an internet junkie living in a basement may only go a few days.
The solar powered iPad case has a hard-shell and rubber-coated body, and doubles as a stand for your device. The KudoCase has a built-in HDMI port, allowing you to stream content from the tablet on external projectors and TVs without taking it out of the case.
The case will come in black, gray, blue, pink and green. The KudoCase will retail for $190. You can now pre-order the solar powered iPad Case from Kudo, starting on May 11, 2012.