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Published on May 20th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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Solar iPad Case from Wireless NRG (Actually Powers Your iPad)

May 20th, 2012 by  

 
I just wrote about a solar-powered iPad case and keyboard from Logitech on Friday. But, apparently, Logitech isn’t the only one entering this market. Wireless NRG has also released a solar-powered iPad case — the KudoCase. However, one important difference is that the KudoCase actually powers your iPad, while the Logitech one only powers the keyboard.

“The case is made of a hard, biodegradable corn-based plastic and features solar panels on the front cover that generate energy from indoor and outdoor light sources,” Megan Treacy of TreeHugger notes. “The solar panels charge the case’s built-in battery, which in turn slowly trickles energy to your iPad, topping it off and letting it go up to 10 days before it needs to be recharged (based on two hours of use per day).”

And, the KudoCase can also charge other devices via its USB port (see above).

One more nifty feature: if you can’t find your iPad, you can just whistle and it will beep (of course, you have to know how to whistle for that).

The current price is $189.95 and the case comes in black, gray, green, pink, and blue. Although, currently, it seems that every color is out of stock.

What do you think? Are you sold? Going to buy yourself a KudoCase as soon as they are in stock again?

Images: © Wireless NRG





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  • Remco

    For charging the iPad, best thing I found comes from a company in the Netherlands, where they sell an iPad charger with a small but powerful 4W panel and 7000 mAh power pack. I use it now for a couple of months and it works really well. It does really not charge indoors but sure does outdoors.

    See:
    http://www.a-solar.eu/EN/solar_bags_power_case_for_tablets.htm

  • Remco

    Here’s a case with both keyboard and iPad charger with a solar panel as part of the case:

    http://mysolarlife.com/ipad-2-isolar-plus-tablet-charger-case-wbluetooth-keyboard-faux-leather/

    I have not tried it yet so I cannot judge the quality.

  • Deftdrummer

    Wtf is up with the whistle function? If you lose things like iPads (especially with this case on) you’ve got bigger issues to worry about than solar charging.

    • In a less harsh way, i thought the same thing. But i think the point is that people leave it around the house, sometimes it gets buried under a pillow or smth, and it’s quicker to find that way.

  • great idea, how to commercialize

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