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09-15-2011, 11:12 PM #1
LilyPad Solar iPad Charging Case
At first glance the LilyPad iPad case looks like any other folding iPad case. Upon closer inspection, this case has some seriously cool features.
The first thing that stands out about the LilyPad are the stripes on the outside of the case. They aren't for looks, but rather "solar ink" strips printed on the outside of the case to continually charge the iPad. Under typical lighting conditions the case will extend use to 12-14 days without needing to be connected to another power source. The case includes a USB power-out to charge other devices as well and an iPad compatible HDMI-out.
While the solar capabilities of the case are the main selling point, an interesting little feature the "Whistle Locator" is something all phone cases/phones/tablets should have. This feature allows you to locate the iPad by simply whistling and the case will reply with its own noise to help you to find it. The LilyPad is made out of 80% recycled materials as well, furthering its eco-friendly premise.
Like many great ideas the LilyPad creators have used Kickstarter to help secure funding, and recently reached their goal. The LilyPad is currently being manufactured and the first shipments are expected to hit shelves mid-October. Pre-orderes can be made now by pledging $165 on Kickstarter with the retail version of the case—which is Apple Certified by the way—expected to cost more.
The LilyPad looks to be a quality product, but none of the creators' claims can be substantiated until the device if finally released to the public. At a going price of more than $165 this is no cheap piece of case, and may be too steep for many. But, if it's in your budget the LilyPad looks like a solid solar iPad case with a few unique features.
Source: Kickstarter and 9to5Mac
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 09-15-2011 at 11:24 PM.
09-15-2011, 11:52 PM #2
Nice and handy, just don't leave your iPad under the sun! lol
09-16-2011, 05:54 AM #3
What are the USB ports used for?
09-16-2011, 06:36 AM #4
09-16-2011, 07:59 AM #5
I wonder what their definition of "typical lighting" is and to get 12-14 days w/o power source...that's pretty impressive if it holds true. Can't wait to see some consumer reviews once it's released.
09-16-2011, 11:01 AM #6
I would buy one. It sucks that a just recieved my clamcase after 2 months of waiting. Which cost me $120
09-16-2011, 12:20 PM #7
This should be very interesting.
09-16-2011, 04:51 PM #8
Considering the surface area of the actual array.... you'd be lucky to get 200ma out of it, 10am-12pm in direct full sunlight.
In more "typical" use, (bright indirect sunlight, not pointing directly at the sun, afternoon or early morning) maybe 100-150mA or less.
500mAH / per day unless you're utterly gonzo.
iPad battery is 6800 mAH
12-14 days isn't your expected battery life
12-14 days is how long it takes to charge your iPad from 0 to full.
6800mAH / 500mAH.
do the math.
We're not talking about high-efficiency silicon-slab PV here. Not even consumer-grade multi-crystal stuff. Printable solar films like Konkarka's still scrape the bottom of the barrel, compared to everything else out on the market.
hint: consumer-grade solar cells like you've seen before, are BLUE.
printable plastic cells are BROWN.
A printable solar cell the size of the one in the LilyPad would take 2 months to charge an iPad- not 2 weeks.
Maybe the LilyPad guys got their hands on some engineering samples of Konkarka film. And maybe they had some brilliant scheme scam for turning this into a product.
Unfortunately, it won't work. But they may pull in a few bucks from Kickstarter before someone calls shenanigans.
Last edited by raduga; 09-16-2011 at 06:00 PM.
09-16-2011, 06:11 PM #9
09-16-2011, 07:07 PM #10
I figured it out. (the only way this could work, and be a real product)
the LilyPad is a big battery that you charge with AC from the wall.
fully charged, it might well double or triple the iPad's battery life. The only limit is how much weight you'd want to lug around.
the solar cell is a gimmick.
In the best possible scenario, it provides a trickle current to top off the internal battery, but so little that it's negligible.
The combination of absurdly small / "magic tech" solar array + kickstarter makes me think "scam". But that could just be window dressing to sell the actual product: a big wrap-around battery for your iPad.
Last edited by raduga; 09-16-2011 at 07:22 PM.
09-16-2011, 08:51 PM #11
If i whistle, will it make my iPad giggle???Scam all the way and ugly too!
09-17-2011, 05:59 AM #12