At CES International 2012, PowerSkin has announced new portable power solutions for smartphones and other rechargeable devices. SolarCharge, Key Charge and Gaming Skins are all designed to keep the mobile user going for longer.
The SolarCharge is a universal charger for all types of smartphone including iPhone, Android and Blackberry, and it comprises a 1000 mAh battery paired with a solar panel in a one-piece housing. The SolarCharge recharges smartphones (and other devices) via a supplied micro-USB connector and other connectors are available for non-standard devices. The battery in the SolarCharge itself is recharged via USB from a PC, via a micro-USB mains charger or from the sun through the solar panel, so there are plenty of options for the mobile user. The blue rubberised skin has embedded LEDs to show the battery’s charge level.
The KeyCharge has a smaller capacity at 750 mAh and is intended for a quick boost rather than a full recharge. Small enough to fit on a keychain, the KeyCharge only comes with a micro-USB connector and consequently is not suitable for use with iPhones or iPods. Two variants are available to cater for the different positions of the micro-USB connector on smartphones, i.e. side or bottom. As with the SolarCharge, the KeyCharge is recharged via a micro-USB connector, either from a PC or from a mains adaptor.
Also on display at CES will be PowerSkin’s Gaming Skins for iOS and Nintendo 3DS, which were announced in December 2011, along with an array of battery-boosting smartphone skins for all the popular makes.
PowerSkin’s SolarCharge, $69.99, and KeyCharge, $24.99, will both be available beginning February on www.Power-Skin.com. Visit PowerSkin’s booth at the Hilton Suites, Booth # 28-128.
We have all been there, you are at a conference or out on the town and your phone battery dies at the most inappropriate time. Now you could carry the phones charger with you and run around looking for an outlet, but lets face it that’s not very practical. Besides the fact you start looking like a crazy person. A better solution maybe the PowerSkin by XPAL Power Inc.. XPAL Power Inc is a subsidiary of TennRich International a California based corporation. The design team for the PowerSkin is in Taiwan and it is manufactured in Shenzhen, China. The factory in China is the first one in that country to focus on lithium rechargeable batteries. It is also the largest producer of portable power packs in Asia. XPAL is very proud of its high standard of safety in its manufacturing plants and the quality of its products.
PowerSkin is an impact resistant case made of silicon rubber. It is light weight and has a non-slip grip. The case is recyclable, the batteries and internal components are not. It can extend the talk time from 4.5 to 8 hours depending on the phone. The new line of PowerSkin was introduced at CTIA. It is currently available for the: HTC HD7 for $49.99, T-Mobile mytouch for $59.99. and the Samsung Galaxy i900, i903, and 4G for $59.99 at the PowerSkin Web site. The PowerSkin is coming in April for the HTC EVO for $59.99, Samsung Vibrant for $59.99 and the Apple iPhone 4 (both Verizon and AT&T) for $49.99. If you sign up for their mailing list they will send you an email plus a discount coupon code. If you use your phone a lot at conferences or events, the new line of PowerSkin maybe just what you are looking for.