Tue, May 29, 2012
Now that the sun is back out, those among you who have cut through red tape and dealt with incompetent panel installation ‘experts’ will be rubbing their hands at all the energy they’re saving. Things are about to get a little better still, thanks to the Kudocase.
It’s a case for the Apple iPad with a technology that harnesses solar power to keep the tablet charged in an environmentally friendly way. The Kudocase functions like a portable battery which keeps your iPad topped up with power, averaging 8-10 days without having to plug it in. It even charges on artificial light, so if you ever find yourself in a Scandinavian winter you can put the iPad underneath a lamp and recharge that way.
It’s a very convenient case too, with space for the HDMI port and the capacity to charge any battery-powered USB device, including iPhones, cameras and headsets. The Kudocase has two standing configurations, one for easy typing and another for movie watching, both of which expose the solar panels so it can charge whilst in use. It uses smart technology which activates your iPad upon opening the cover and has an LED display to indicate when the battery is nearly depleted.
Kudocases have to be shipped from America; they retail at £158.33 ($199) and come in green, black, grey and pink. At the moment they only have monthly shipments which frequently sell out, so best to place an order early in the month. From their website you can also buy backpacks which expose the case’s solar panels so iPads can be charged on the go.
You may remember a similar device called the LilyPad, well this is the same company but they’ve changed their name at a request from Apple. Kudocase stands for kudos, as in ‘Kudos to you for taking the environmentally friendly road.’
Written by Karim Beerahee
Karim is a veteran writer at PC site, you'll be able to find him at product launches in London where he finds the latest and machines for review, published here...