SolarKindle E-Book Light, Charger Hits Market

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to find a present that will express your undying love for Mom without a) breaking the bank, or b) wrecking the planet. If Mom likes to read or loves technology as much as you do, this might be the year to consider introducing her to the joys of an ebook reader.

And since you’ll also want to demonstrate how eco-friendly technology can be, the SolarKindle would be the obvious choice. Introduced at CES 2012, this solar-powered e-reader sports a flexible and lightweight solar panel that’s built directly into the cover itself, and is now on sale (available for $79 through Amazon) just in time for Mom’s big day.

Solar Kindle

image via SolarFocus

The SolarKindle features a unique eco-friendly design with a flexible, lightweight high performance solar panel built right into the cover and a dual-charging (USB/solar) reserve battery that greatly extends reading time. According to SolarFocus, Mom will be able to enjoy books and magazines on the Kindle or Kindle touch without using the battery for a guaranteed three months’ of unplugged Kindle reading time under normal sunlight conditions. In addition, the built-in LED reading lamp can be powered by the case continuously for up to 50 hours without using the Kindle’s main battery for the best illumination and coverage, allowing you to use your Kindle comfortably as long as you wish — day or night, indoors or outdoors.

And as a special promotion, SolarKindle owners will be able to participate in a contest to win a $200 Amazon gift card, the perfect accessory for any new e-reader. To enter, simply “Like” the SolarFocus Facebook fan page and post a photo of Mom (or yourself) reading with SolarKindle on your Kindle, tag “Solar Focus” on the picture and share it on Solar Focus’ Facebook wall. The person with the most “Likes” on his/her photo wins.

Check out our Green Tech Mother’s Day Gift Guide for more eco-friendly ideas for Mom.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog