updated 04:45 pm EDT, Wed September 2, 2009
Surge solor charging case
Novothink has introduced the Surge, a case for the iPod touch that integrates solar panels to charge the device. The panels are claimed to output 5.5V at 100 mAh in full sun, while a built-in 1500 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery offers 120 percent capacity compared to the iPod's internal battery.
A USB port can be used to charge the case battery or sync the iPod without removing the case, while four LEDs indicate the status of the battery. The company includes a USB cord and a Novocord which can be used to tether the case to a backpack for sun exposure when traveling.
The Surge is compatible with the second-generation iPod touch and carries a retail price of $70. Available colors include green, pink, blue and black. The Touch case is expected to ship later in September, while an iPhone variant should arrive in the fourth quarter of the year.