Novothink Introduces Solar Surge Charging Case for iPhone, iPod Touch
OhGizmo has informed us that peripherals maker Novothink has released the new Solar Surge, a combination solar charger and carrying case for the iPhone 3G/3GS and the iPod Touch lets you harvest the sun’s energy to replenish your device’s less than epic battery.
According to the Novothink website, “2 hours of direct solar exposure provides about 30 minutes of talk time on a 3G network or 60 minutes of talk time on a 2G network”. Users can always resort to the included USB cable for charging its built-in lithium-ion polymer battery.
A series of 4 multi-colored LEDs on the back of the case lets you see the battery’s remaining charge, these LEDs also informing you as to whether there’s enough light available to actually take advantage of the built-in solar cell. Novothink has also provided their Solar Planner app [Free, App Store] for either device, which provides an estimate of how long you’ll have to leave the Surge in the sun to maintain your iPhone or Touch’s battery level, depending on the current weather conditions and your location.
The Solar Surge will eventually arrive in six different colors and for the time being, retails for $79.95 for the iPhone while the single colored iPod Touch model is currently on sale for $52.95.