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  (Source: Logitech)

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The keyboard to stay powered for two years on a full charge, whether it's in sunlight or complete darkness

Logitech unveiled a new $130 iPad accessory that both protects and charges the tablet in one case.

The new case, called the Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio, is a thin case that not only aims to protect a user's iPad from front to back, but also offers a built-in Bluetooth keyboard.

What's unique about the case is that the Bluetooth keyboard is charged using onboard solar cells, which draw in indoor or outdoor sunlight. This charging method allows the keyboard to stay powered for two years on a full charge, whether it's in sunlight or complete darkness.

The Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio is capable of two different positions: one where the full keyboard is exposed for typing like a laptop, and another where the keyboard acts as a media playback function for controls like play, pause, volume, etc.

This isn't Logitech's first solar-powered gadget. Back in November 2010, the peripheral company released a wireless solar keyboard called the K750. The K750 runs on light power, and was shipped to the U.S. and Europe for $79.99.

Source: Logitech

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Too bad it desnt charge tablet
By Lord 666 on 5/3/2012 7:00:40 PM , Rating: 2
In use with medical or kiosk solutions, a solar charger with keyboard would work great.

RE: Too bad it desnt charge tablet
By Brandon Hill on 5/3/2012 7:10:05 PM , Rating: 5
Considering it takes 6-8 hours to charge an empty iPad when plugged into the wall, solar charging would be like Gay Focker milking a cat.

By Oakley516 on 5/3/2012 9:42:02 PM , Rating: 2
Agree. Solar power is not as useful as it's hyped up to be.

RE: Too bad it desnt charge tablet
By Lord 666 on 5/3/2012 10:20:27 PM , Rating: 2
The ipad charger is 10w. The new battery is 42w. Its possible to extend the life by charging off the built-in batteries... Especially when they say it will last two years.

Check out the Goal Zero product line, specifically the Nomad 7.

RE: Too bad it desnt charge tablet
By ritualm on 5/4/2012 12:30:03 AM , Rating: 2
Don't the iPads require a minimum of 5V 1A current to charge? The product you referenced only does 5V 500mA off its USB port.

Either way, as the other guy said, it will take an eternity to charge one.

By steven975 on 5/4/2012 10:12:57 AM , Rating: 2
Mine charges off my Kindle charger, which is rated at 850mA I think.

By 1ceTr0n on 5/4/2012 1:39:07 AM , Rating: 2
If I had nipples Brandon, would you milk me?

RE: Too bad it desnt charge tablet
By Thron2000 on 5/4/2012 6:24:04 AM , Rating: 2
Read the article, the solar cells are for charging the keyboard !! Not the Ipad !

By Brandon Hill on 5/4/2012 6:51:13 AM , Rating: 3
Read the title of the post I was responding to...

K750 is awesome
By HrilL on 5/3/2012 7:54:42 PM , Rating: 2
I have a The K750 and it is supposed to last 3 months in complete darkness. my office isn't very light either but my keyboard is always fully charged. Has a cool app that will tell you how much lux they panels are taking in too. Once we run out of our current stock of Microsoft keyboards I plan on getting more of these even though they do cost a little more but they're the same price as an apple wireless keyboard. Never needing batteries again is kind of awesome.

RE: K750 is awesome
By Lord 666 on 5/3/2012 9:56:15 PM , Rating: 2
I've got four of them with one being a Mac version. Amazing technology. But never understood why they charge more for the Windows version.

Wait, what?
By Schrag4 on 5/4/2012 10:45:07 AM , Rating: 2
This charging method allows the keyboard to stay powered for two years on a full charge, whether it's in sunlight or complete darkness.

If the keyboard is what's supposedly charged from the solar panels, and it has the same battery life whether it receives sunlight or is in "complete darkness," wouldn't it be safe to assume that the solar panel isn't actually doing anything? What am I missing here?

RE: Wait, what?
By ritualm on 5/4/2012 8:21:44 PM , Rating: 2
The solar panels on this keyboard works with ambient light. While the optimal charging method is letting it sit under direct sunlight, any light source would probably suffice.

Honestly, I charge the batteries in my wireless mouse more frequently than I do with the wireless keyboard.

By troysavary on 5/4/2012 7:14:57 AM , Rating: 2
Since it is a Bluetooth device, what about this makes it iPad specific? Shouldn't it work with any 10.1 inch tablet of the approximate thickness of an iPad?

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