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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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Wait, what?
By Schrag4 on 5/4/2012 10:45:07 AM , Rating: 2
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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.


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