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Smartphone Cases That Do More Than Cover

The days of phone cases that just protect your phone may be over.

In the past couple of years solar gadgets have been gaining in popularity for their smart, functional designs. They are also becoming more advanced.

Many companies are offering solar powered chargers for smartphones and other gear, but some are going beyond basic chargers and are incorporating them into the actual case of the phone. Resiliently made solar panels integrated in a sturdy case can eliminate the problem of battery drain, which is a notorious problem with many smartphones.

The SLXtreme from Snow Lizard Products is a durable option with a built in lithium-ion battery and solar panel. Beginning its life as a popular Kickstarter project it has a serious sun powered design that is also waterproof. It is currently available for the iPhone 4 and 4S, and soon for the iPhone 5. Other solar cases are hopeful for future production, including the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Phone Cases That Do More Than Cover

Image source: snowlizardproducts.com/productsview.php?catid=1&pid=3

Another product making a buzz in the solar charging case craze is the Enerplex Surfr for the iPhone 4 and 4S as well as the Samsung Galaxy S III. It has a 1400 mAh battery, a thin layered solar panel and can extend a phone’s charge so you can be outlet free. The one made for the Galaxy S III also has an internal panel that stores power and a large capacity 2100 mAh battery.

Phone Cases That Do More Than Cover

Image source: enerplex.biz/surfr

An exciting emergence is the WYSIPS from Sunpartner. The WYSIPS Crystal has a thin sheeting of solar cells and other components that lay over and under the touchscreen display. The specially designed layers work to capture and store sun produced energy.

Phone Cases That Do More Than Cover

Image source: wirelessweek.com/articles/2013/02/wysips-could-fix-solar-powered-phone

Though aims are to make solar charging cases ultra-efficient, most current designs provide around 10 minutes of power per one hour of charging in the sunlight.

Convenient, portable solar gear designed for daily use will likely become a mainstay in the tech department, saving energy and dollars.

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