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SolarKindle promises three months of unplugged reading time

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The SolarKindle Kindle case can provide you with three months of reading time, and over 50 hours of reading lamp use on a single charge
The SolarKindle Kindle case can provide you with three months of reading time, and over 50 hours of reading lamp use on a single charge
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The SolarKindle Kindle case can provide you with three months of reading time, and over 50 hours of reading lamp use on a single charge
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The SolarKindle Kindle case can provide you with three months of reading time, and over 50 hours of reading lamp use on a single charge
In addition to powering your Kindle the case also has a built-in reading light that is powered entirely from the case's battery rather than your Kindle
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In addition to powering your Kindle the case also has a built-in reading light that is powered entirely from the case's battery rather than your Kindle
The SolarKindle Kindle case can provide you with three months of reading time, and over 50 hours of reading lamp use on a single charge
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The SolarKindle Kindle case can provide you with three months of reading time, and over 50 hours of reading lamp use on a single charge

What if you could read on your Kindle for three months straight? SolarFocus will be showing off a Kindle case at CES this week designed to do just that. Called SolarKindle, the case can provide you with months of reading time and over 50 hours of reading lamp use on a single charge.

The case has a solar panel built into its front, that allows you to charge your Kindle (and the case) poolside, or while you're involved in other outdoor activities. The battery in the cover can be charged using the solar panel, as well as USB - so if you've been cooped up indoors for a while you still have a charging option available.

In addition to powering your Kindle the case also has a built-in reading light that is powered entirely from the case's battery rather than your Kindle. The built-in reading lamp in the case is expected to last for 50 continuous hours on a charge.

In addition to powering your Kindle the case also has a built-in reading light that is powered entirely from the case's battery rather than your Kindle
In addition to powering your Kindle the case also has a built-in reading light that is powered entirely from the case's battery rather than your Kindle

The SolarKindle, of course, isn't the first solar-powered gadget case/charger we've seen. The Solar Surge, for instance, is a solar case and charger for your iPhone.

The SolarKindle was a 2012 International CES Innovations Design & Engineering Awards Honoree, and will be available starting on January 15 for US$79.99.

5 comments
Ozuzi
The only reason you would use a Kindle is for its light weight, which this would destroy. Kindle + reading light = Ipad
Bill Bennett
I love my HP Tablet, why would I want this in my apple free life?
Bryan Paschke
Since it\'s solar powered, why are they only saying 3 months? seems like it\'s a grid-free option if you\'re willing to let it charge for a while. Sounds pretty good for camping trips. Now if only they made one that was water proof and shock resistant.
americandon
Why would you need a reading light on a self illuminated device? A kindle battery is good for a four week vacation, military deployment, safari, panic room powerout, whatever. No improvement needed. No deal. A droid case that quadruples my phone battery.....deal.
CaptD
This would be great to use as a cover that would recharge the kindle battery while also allowing kindle users to remove the case for normal reading/use... better than carrying a charger around... I expect to see most high quality portable electronic devices have similar chargers very soon :-) Remember every watt from the Sun is NOT A WATT ... From oil, gas or heaven forbid Nuclear!