The first Apple-certified iPod chargers will be hitting shelves at the end of the month courtesy of company Novothink. Their Surge charger is a hard case compatible with the latest generation of iPod and iPod Touch. A version for the iPhone 3G and 3GS will be available by the end of the year.
The case is outfitted with solar panels on the back and has openings for headphones, USB cable and all external controls like a standard iPod case. The energy harnessed from the sun's rays are stored in a lithium-ion battery that holds 120 percent of the iPod Touch's internal battery capacity. While in use, the charger provides a constant charge to the iPod. Four LED lights let you know how much battery power is left.
The Novothink website has a Solar Planner that allows you to input how long you need the charge to last and how you'll be using your device and then calculates how much time in the sun is required. It also lets you specify whether you'll be in full sun, cloudy or rainy conditions.
The Surge will be available in four different colors for the iPod and eight colors for the iPhone.
written by Silent Spring, September 05, 2009
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