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.

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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.

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  • 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.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • jbonics

    So pretty much if you have a descent phone this is just going to be a pain in the butt. Let me explain you charge it for 8 hours then it charges your phone 10%. It just can't keep up unless you keep it for a car dash backup that doesn't charge full ever no matter what phone you have

  • Aatif Sumar

    Someone needs to teach them how to price their products. 70 bucks for 1000mAh and 25 bucks for 750mAh? Why not just buy 3 $25 ones and get 2250mAh for almost the same price?

    • protozeloz

      And that my friend is what makes a smart buyer smarter that the average buyer

      Plus you can add that's those 2250 can be put to charge separated while your little green vampire sucks the juice of the others

    • Mgamerz

      Do you plan on swapping all the cables for each charger? How about keeping track of them? How about the fact that it's a case?

  • Rich

    My rechargable AA batteries have 2000mha, just saying.