SolarKindle charges your Kindle with the power of the sun

SolarKindle charges your Kindle with the power of the sun

Summary: Battery life may not be something that most Kindle owners worry about, but the SolarKindle certainly makes it even less of a problem.

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Probably the best thing about eReaders is their expansive battery life. Amazon's Kindle, for example, can last roughly two months before needing a charge. Keeping the devices charged is not something Kindle owners typically have to deal with.

So perhaps something like the SolarKindle isn't completely necessary. The case adds solar charging to the Kindle's feature set, allowing the device to charge even when its not plugged in.

Featuring an extended battery, the SolarKindle estimated to give a Kindle three months of battery life. The device also comes with an LED, meaning that not only does the SolarKindle suck in light, but it dishes it out as well.

Starting January 14th, the SolarKindle will be available for $79, which, as you might notice, is the exact price of the entry-level Kindle.

And the device also brings to mind this: How long will it be before Amazon slaps a solar panel onto the Kindle itself?

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  • RE: SolarKindle charges your Kindle with the power of the sun

    Couldn't a solar recharger keep the Kindle battery charged indefinitely?
    genensandy@...
  • RE: SolarKindle charges your Kindle with the power of the sun

    Is this just for the basic Kindle, or would it work for the Kindle Touch with 3g? It would be awesome if it worked with the 3g Touch because then you would be able to not worry about a power source or wi-fi at all.
    MP McDonald
    • RE: SolarKindle charges your Kindle with the power of the sun

      @MP McDonald : Ha Ha - yet another incomplete article about a product with seemingly very limited usage - especially if "so many" are swinging over to the "Fire"... Way to go, ZD.. You need to try putting yourselves in the user/reader's position before publishing click bait like this.
      Willnott
  • RE: SolarKindle charges your Kindle with the power of the sun

    Solar power of things like wi-fi and 3G can be problematic because the wireless function is somewhat of a power hog compared to a simple reader.
    opcom
    • RE: SolarKindle charges your Kindle with the power of the sun

      @opcom I know what you mean. I bought a solar charger for my HTC Evo. It might extend the standby time a few minutes but it's not much. It's a fairly large panel but would take 17 hours of direct sunlight (that's 4 days of peak sun time) to replace the batteries capacity 1 time! I was really surprised. Solar is a bit of a gimmick. I bought a 3400mah battery for about $30 less than the solar panel and it gives me double the run time.
      10kwfence
  • RE: SolarKindle charges your Kindle with the power of the sun

    Let's hope it can also be used to charge other devices too ... wait a minute - that's not likely to happen, now is it? ;o)
    Heenan73
  • OK, how long does it take to recharge from flat?

    ANY practical information?
    radleym
  • RE: SolarKindle charges your Kindle with the power of the sun

    I think it's wonderful . . . I envisioned that e-readers would be made available to children in third world countries and areas without ready access to paper books and electricity. I think the inexpensive solar reader could be a blessing to many children.
    rknazze
    • RE: SolarKindle charges your Kindle with the power of the sun

      @rknazze Lots of people have the same vision, but few have the resources to make it happen. Amazon could do it though. If Amazon made a low cost solar (non internet dependent) ereader available to the world it would be the single greatest contribution a modern corporation could make to education around the world. It would open the doors of access to information to millions who have no access to good reading materials. Little kiosks would spring up everywhere in Africa and Asia selling low cost reading materials in electronic format to the to the many people who though they make $1.00/day. Cell phone companies have discovered the enormous potential of the world's underdeveloped markets. It remains to be seen who will have the courage to step into the low cost ereader market.

      PS: Using a Kindle, I recently demonstrated the potential of ereaders to a group of secondary school principles in Africa. You should have seen the excitement as they wanted to know how they could get such devices for themselves, their teachers, and their students. Unfortunately I had to say, you'll have to wait! Its not yet affordable or available in your market.
      Tahoua