Wednesday, 04 Apr, 2012 Technology

SolarKindle, Solar-Powered Cover for Kindle, Launched Onto the Market


At this year's CES the company called SolarFocus was awarded with the Innovation Award for its SolarKindle, a Kindle cover that harnesses solar energy using a built-in solar panel. The cover is also equipped with a LED reading lamp and built-in battery.

Recently the company has announced about its plan to launch the e-reader cover onto the market. In addition, SolarKindle will be shipped for both Kindle Touch and Kindle 4.

According to the information offered at CES, the solar panel integrated in the SolarKindle will offer up to 3 days of lighted reading time from 1 hour of direct sunlight.

Inside there's a 1500 mAh lithium-polymer reserve battery that will provide power to the built-in LED lamp that will pump out 800 lux for up to 50 hours.

The battery can also be used to transfer power to the Kindle's battery, thus extending the reading time considerably. Just one hour of exposure to sunlight will add 10 days of additional reading time.

The SolarKindle developed for the Kindle Touch weights 215 g (7.58 oz), while the cover for Kindle 4 weights 213g (7.5 oz). The former measures 200 x 120 x 19.6 mm (7.9 x 4.7 x 0.77 in) and the latter 200 x 120 x 21.9 mm (7.9 x 4.7 x 0.86 in). Each can be bought for $79.99 via SolarFocus website.

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