Voltaic Launches Solar Charger for the iPad

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The Spark Solar Tablet Case charges tablets and other handheld electronics from solar power and its included universal battery.

Spark Solar Tablet Case
A powerful and compact way to carry and charge an iPad.

Voltaic Systems opened up opportunities for grid-free computing with the launch of its iPad solar charger, the Spark Solar Tablet Case.

Perfect for mobile workers and global travelers, the Spark provides one hour of iPad video playback for every hour in direct sunlight. In addition, it will charge the Blackberry Playbook, T-Mobile G-Slate, Samsung Galaxy Tab, the ASUS Transformer and most handheld electronics. When sun is unavailable, the internal battery can fully charge an iPad. The battery can also be re-charged from a wall or car charger.

“Voltaic set out to design a lightweight case that could charge a tablet quickly, but also match the sleekness and simplicity of the many of the tablets,” said Shayne McQuade, CEO of Voltaic Systems. “The Spark Solar Case is a powerful and compact way to carry and charge an iPad.”

Voltaic is also launching the Spark's internal battery as a standalone product. The V39 USB Battery provides backup power for iPads, other tablets and smartphones.

8 Watts of Power for Fast Charging
On the front of each case are four two-Watt solar panels. Solar charge times are determined by the total area and efficiency of the solar cells -- the Spark uses high-efficiency monocristalline cells which will charge an iPad from about 10 hours of sunshine. The cells are encased in a clear, UV and scratch resistant coating. The rugged panels are waterproof and built to withstand the abuse of everyday use.

High Output, Dual-Port Battery
Many tablets, including the iPad, can charge quickly from high-powered USB ports which output 2 Amps, four times the current of a standard USB port. The Spark’s internal battery has 39 Watt-hours of capacity and both a high-powered USB port for tablets and a standard USB port for phones and other handheld electronics.

Power for Digital Cameras
Fast charging for a tablet also means fast charging for professional DSLR cameras. Users can connect a car charger cradle for their camera battery to the solar output of the Spark. Compatible with both 3.7 and 7.4 Volt camera batteries.

Protective and Lightweight Case
The Spark case is fully padded and lined for a snug and soft fit. It can be held by its handle, carried using the removable shoulder strap, or placed inside a backpack or other bag.

Key features and specifications of the Spark Solar Case include:
+ 8 Watts solar power, switchable between 6 and 12 Volts – panels available in silver or charcoal
+ 39 Watt hour battery with low-power and high-power USB ports
+ Charging cable with 5 standard adapters to connect to most handheld electronics
+ 13.5" high x 10.5" wide x 2" inches
+ About 2.5 pounds including solar panels and battery
+ Waterproof fabric manufactured from recycled PET

Availability
The Spark Solar Case and V39 External Battery are available now on http://www.voltaicsystems.com and with select retailers. To purchase and for more information, go to http://www.voltaicsystems.com/spark and http://www.voltaicsystems.com/v39.

Voltaic was founded in 2004 to develop energy solutions using environmentally-intelligent designs. For more information please visit http://www.voltaicsystems.com, or contact us at 1.877.304.6861 x701 or media(at)voltaicsystems(dot)com. Hi-Resolution photos are available upon request.

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