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  (Source: Logitech)

  (Source: Logitech)
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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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...

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