Logitech launches the light powered Solar Keyboard Folio case for iPad

Solar Keyboard Folio

Logitech has announced the Solar Keyboard Folio iPad case which is a Bluetooth keyboard and case integrated into one accessory. What's different with this particular iPad case combo is that the keyboard is powered by any indoor or outdoor light source. Even more impressive is the charge that these on-board solar cells can hold. Logitech claims that a full charge can last up to two years even in complete darkness. These findings were based on an average use scenario of two hours per day.

“Now that people are seemingly inseparable from their tablets, using them for everything from sending emails to watching videos, they want accessories powered to meet their needs,” said Alexis Richard, director of product marketing at Logitech. “The Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio is a smart partner for your iPad. Its sleek built-in keyboard uses light to charge and it provides hassle-free protection for your iPad – both for the front and back. It gives you an ideal way to use and protect your tablet without adding bulk.”

The case can stand in two different positions for different viewing angles but more importantly, different functionality. The first position gives you the best position for typing and full access to the keyboard. The second position is best for viewing media on your iPad and gives you access to the first row of keys that become one touch media playback controls. It also has magnets built into the case that automatically turn the iPad 2 and new iPad on and off when the case is opened.

The Solar Keyboard Folio case will be available in the US and Europe later this month and will cost $129.99. It is compatible with the new iPad as well as the iPad 2.

Source: Logitech PR

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Logitech launches the light powered Solar Keyboard Folio case for iPad


Because nobody has ever heard of the brand that you linked to... Logitech is a national household electronics brand.... That's why.

Why not a case that acts as a solar charger for the iPad itself?
Now I'm not saying that it will EVER be able to charge an iPad fully, but more what I'm saying one that acts as a "slow down battery loss" charger. IE: it feeds in whatever energy it catches, slowly even slightly down the rapid battery loss of any IOS device?

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in the manual that comes with the Solar keyboard folio for an Ipad 3, no mention is made on the procedures for simply chargting th Lithium Ion Batteries. It explains how to change them and how to take this apart but nothing when it's purchased. I have virtually all external keyboards and other than the Zagg which has a Micro USB port to charge this is by far the better products. Thanks for listening...