If there's one thing we're all fond of here at AP, it's power on-the-go. Portable chargers, extended batteries -- whatever it takes to keep our gear charged up. There's one issue with all of these options, though: they also have to be charged. Granted, once a portable charger is all juiced up it usually lasts for a while, but wouldn't it be nice to have something that practically juices itself? Enter PowerSkin's upcoming line of solar chargers.
Planned for a February release, PowerSkin will be dropping two new chargers that incorporate solar charging technology, the SolarCharge and KeyCharge. Both names are pretty self-explanatory, but here's the long and short of it:
- The SolarCharge packs an additional 1000mAh of juice for your phone (doubt that would do much good on a tablet) and should work with Android, BlackBerry, and even iOS devices. Gracing the back of the unit is a small solar panel, which absorbs light and converts it to energy (because, you know, that's how solar stuff works). PowerSkin claims that it's efficient, too, stating that it "produces up to 50% more power than competitive solar chargers on the market." Impressive.
- The KeyCharge is based off of the same idea, only in a smaller form factor. While it only houses 750mAh, it crams that extra juice into a key chain! This little guy will power Android and Blackberry phones that charge via microUSB and will be available in a couple of different configurations to accommodate a wide range of devices. Bam.
Okay, so we know what you're thinking: what if I don't feel like hanging around outside while this thing charges? No problem -- both devices can also be charged via microUSB, so they'll be charged up whenever you need them. Rather a good idea.
Both the SolarCharge and KeyCharge are set to hit the retail market in February for $69.99 and $24.99 respectively.