Making The Solar Case For Tablets

Downsizing the solar bag to fit evolving needs, Eclipse Solar Gear is out with a padded, tablet-sized case equipped with a flexible thin-film solar panel that the company said will provide up to 4 watts of power to recharge your mobile devices.

The Texas company said the Solar Tablet Case comes with its Portable Power Pack, a lithium-ion battery that can store the power gathered by the solar panel. The Power Pack has a mini-USB input and USB output and can also be charged from a desktop or laptop computer, a 12V-USB auto adapter, or from any of Eclipse’s extensive line of solar bags, the company said.

Solar-powered tablet carrying case, Eclipse Solar Gear

image via Eclipse Solar Gear

While the Solar Tablet Case available now for $129.95 on the company’s website is ideal for 7-inch tablets – as well as the Nook and Kindle – the company said it is also planning a 10-inch version. That one would provide up to 8 watts of power and be just right for the current 9.7-inch iPad and its various competitors.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.