You’re on a camping trip. Your phone is dead, but you need to make a call. If you’ve got an EnerPlex case (and some sunlight), all you need is a little patience.
The company offers a line of solar-powered smartphone cases for the iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4. Stick your phone in the sun for an hour and you should get enough juice to make a 5-10 minute phone call.
You can also fully charge your phone’s battery… with about 3 days of constant sunlight. I guess it’s better than nothing.
The company’s smartphone cases also have built-in batteries, so while the solar panel might not be all that useful for everday usage, you can charge your case’s battery with a USB cable and just about double your phone’s battery life.
EnergPlex already offers it Surfr case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (with a 2500mAh battery) for about $90. the iPhone 5S case with a 2000mAH battery is coming soon for about $100.
If you need to charge your devices a little more quickly, the company’s Kickr Series of portable solar charges with more surface area. Under ideal circumstances, you should be able to charge a phone or tablet in about twice the time it would take to do it by plugging straight into a wall jack.
You can also connect an external battery pack, and EnerPlex is introducing a new battery model called the Jumpr Slate which is just 0.26 inches thick and which offers up to 10,000mAh. Prices will start at $59.