For those of you who have been patiently waiting for this day, you will be happy to learn that San Leandro, California-based Novothink is finally taking orders for the Surge, a solar-charging case for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Unveiled about six months ago, the Surge is a lightweight, hard-shell case with an integrated solar and battery system that means you could spend a lot less time charging your iPhone and worrying about its dwindling battery life. With a two-hour sit in direct sun, the Surge will give your iPhone about 3o minutes of 3G talk time.
The battery for the Surge iPod Touch case is a 1500 mAh 3.7 V lithium-ion polymer battery while the iPhone model battery comes in a bit smaller at 1320 mAh 3.7 V. Either way, it's like having a spare battery built right onto the back of your phone or iPod.
When fully charged, via sun or USB, the Solar Surge's the lithium-ion polymer battery can effectively double the life of your iPhone or iPod Touch. The additional battery power adds a whole new dimension of freedom for iPhone users. As anyone who likes to run memory-sucking apps knows, iPhone battery life can evaporate right before your eyes.
Being billed as the first Apple-certified solar charger, Surge for iPhone 3G and 3GS is retailing for $79.95. Surge for the iPod Touch normally retails at 69.95, but after a quick check I found Novothink selling it for the reduced price of $52.95.
To see if the Surge lives up to its billing as a game-changer, stay tuned for the greenUPGRADER review of the Surge in the coming weeks.