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SolarKindle Cover musters massive battery boost

by Steven Mostyn - Jan 9 2012, 17:17

Image: SolarFocus.

Digital bookworms given to exhausting the battery charge of their Kindles ahead of their enthusiasm for consuming the written word (albeit in eBook format), will probably want to pay attention to the following:

The new SolarKindle Cover protects Amazon’s eReader and also significantly boosts its operational longevity by drawing its power from a built-in reserve battery that relies on energy harvested from natural sunlight.

According to Dutch device maker SolarFocus, its eco-friendly SolarKindle Cover directly charges the Kindle’s battery and also allows users to avoid charging via a standard wall socket or USB computer port.

More notably, the protective cover boasts a high performance triple junction amorphous solar panel capable of providing on-the-go readers with around three days of extra usage for each hour of sunlight channeled to the accompanying 1500 mA battery.

And, given that said on-board reservoir requires a total of eight hours until it’s fully charged, that equates to an additional 24 days of portable operation beyond the Kindle’s standard offering.

The jacket device is not limited to just enhancing juice time, as it also has an 800-lux LED reading lamp that delivers up to 50 hours of gentle light without users ever having to rely on the Kindle’s own battery.

If not being bathed by natural sunlight, users can still charge the device through an AC adaptor or computer by using its built-in microUSB port.

The SolarKindle Cover is available now for $79.99 USD.

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