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Solar-Powered Kudocase for iPad: Multifunctional Juice Station


While my iPad rarely runs out of juice, it’s becoming more of a problem for my iPhone. Nevertheless, if your iPad seems to suck on a lot of power, then check out the Kudocase, which is a solar-charging face and stand for iPad 2, as well as the new 3rd generation iPad. It looks pretty spiffy, and I’m sure you’ll be the only one on the block with this one.

kudocase solar charging case ipad kickstarter lilypad

The Kudocase doubles as a stand, and uses photovoltaic ink technology to generate electricity from indoor or outdoor light. The device has a slim 4mm 10,000 mAh battery, and will also let other mobile devices, like smartphones and cameras, get juiced up via the built-in USB port. The solar charger is supposed to provide up to 10 days of power for the average user.

The case itself is rubber-coated and composed of biodegradable corn grain. Like any good iPad case, it supports automatic sleep/wake, and works at several angles. It also has a handy built-in HDMI port.

kudocase solar charging case ipad kickstarter lilypad

Kudocase began as a Kickstarter project and raised more than four times its initial funding goal. It’s now being produced in black, with more colors – blue, gray, green, and pink, being released at a later date. It sells for $190 at the Kudo shop and it starts shipping on May 11.

kudocase solar charging case ipad kickstarter lilypad

[via designboom]

Comments (5):

  1. Cyrus says:

    As someone who backed these guys, I can’t recommend them. They took our money a month ago (when orders were shipping on April 19th). The customer service has been abysmal. The idea is great. But I have to warn you guys. The support is awful. One month has passed. They charged us right away. But now barely respond to e-mails in a meaningful fashion. I can provide evidence if anyone doubts our story.

  2. J.B. Katz says:

    My ipad3 absolutely will NOT go I this case.

  3. Mike says:

    I hate how companies are advertising iPad 2 cases as being compatible with the new iPad – this is RARELY true. The new one is 0.6mm thicker than the iPad 2, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but makes a HUGE difference when the cases are already designed to fit snugly on the iPad 2. If you own the new iPad, be sure to get a case designed specifically for it and not for the iPad 2, no matter what these companies tell you! Just my opinion, take it or leave it :)


  4. Michael Rashotte says:

    I just got my KUDO case, and I broke my iPad 3 trying to get it in. The caseis too small desire the company’s claims.

    I tried for another 30 minutes, and there is no way it fits.

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