Gallery: Solar Surge iPod and iPhone Cases Are Now Available!


Just in time for sunny spring days, Novothink has announced that its hotly anticipated Solar Surge iPod and iPhone cases have hit the market and are available for sale! We’ve followed these sleek solar cases all the way from their concept renderings, and we’re excited to say that the potent photovoltaic chargers look even better in real life. Touted as the first apple-certified solar iPod cases, they’re capable of harnessing the sun’s rays to extend audio playback by 20 hours and 3G talk time by 4 hours.

Apple’s iPhone and iPod have grown into portable media powerhouses that offer everything from wireless internet to a bevy of games and multimedia applications. Fittingly, they burn through their batteries like there’s no tomorrow — how many times has your conversation/personal dance party been cut short due to a dead battery?

Novothink‘s new solar cases make a lot of sense, offering an on-the go way to keep your gadgets charged. Each durable protective casing is emblazoned with a thin-film photovoltaic cell that’s capable of generating 30 minutes of 3G talk time after soaking up 2 hours of direct sunlight. Extra energy is stored in an integrated lithium ion battery, and a set of low-energy LEDs display the device’s charging status.

Both cases are available now at $79.95 for the iPhone model and $69.95 for the iPod Touch model.

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  1. onlyarose November 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Solar power chargers are great if you live in a sunny location! Great for hikers, emergency power/back up and eco warriors living in the city or the desert…

    maybe not for every day charging.

  2. nagol21 May 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I would gt one but they dont make one for an ipod nano witch they defiantly should

  3. Clare Evans March 12, 2010 at 5:07 am

    I agree with @metis: by the time they’ve produced all the cases, there wonrt be much energy saved

  4. metis March 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    lets be honest, this is greenwash and apple fanboy reporting.

    to fully charge a phone at optimum panel output you need over 13 hours of direct sun. then to charge the integrated backup battery, you need *another* 13 hours. in the middle of summer you can probably get half of a charge if you leave the phone sitting on the beach towel next to you all day.

    you’re going to see massive extension of phone life, but not much more than if you strap on an entire second battery in the first place.

    yes, solar harvesting is good, but the amount of energy you’re saving is very probably offset by the manufacturing costs and environmental harm for another battery a chunk of plastic and a solar panel for something that’ll probably live in your pocket or indoors.

    i’ll stick to hardware with replaceable batteries and a USB solar charger for my phone and any other devices i want to charge off grid.

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