CES 2014: Ascent Solar’s Surfr case powers iPhone with solar energy

Ascent Solar's Surfr phone case

Ascent Solar Technologies are already known for their advanced thin-film photovoltaic modules that are incorporated in the EnerPlex collection of electronic products. And, now the company is all set to debut their special Surfr phone cases at the CES 2014, as the lynchpin of the EnerPlex series. Envisaged specifically for iPhone 5 and 5s, the contrivance is touted as the world’s only phone case that utilizes both conventional battery and ‘clean’ solar technology. This innovative combination obviously goes beyond the ambit of just protecting your Apple device. It will also directly cater to the much improved charging scope of the mobile device.

The clear advantages are marked by some brag-worthy credentials; the Surfr will have the ability to double up the battery life of the iPhone, which means – increased music playing capacity, web surfing time and talk time. The battery enhancement is achieved by the integration of very thin (and light) solar panels into the case’s ergonomic form factor, courtesy of Ascent Solar’s proprietary CIGS technology. Additionally, the case has a built-in 2000 mAh Li-ion battery for storing the solar generated power.

Ascent Solar's Surfr phone case

Beyond the advantages of the technology, the unobtrusive factor of the thin solar panels allows the case to maintain the elegant essence of the original iPhone. This aesthetic appeal is complemented by the practical value of the Surfr, which can provide your smartphone with charge even during emergency scenarios, like power outages and traffic blockages.

The Surfr phone case will be unveiled in next year’s CES (at booth 35474), along with other EnerPlex products. As for the commercial side of affairs, the case will retail for $100 and will be available in five different colors.

Ascent Solar's Surfr phone case

For buying details, please refer to the product page.


Dattatreya Mandal

A proud native of the beautiful steel township of Durgapur, West Bengal, Dattatreya’s fascination lies within a range of diverse matters. With a bachelor’s degree in architecture, he is quite fond of his hardcore strategy gamer as well as amateur historian tag. Of course, with over two years of blogging experience under his belt, he also likes to write about the latest updates on gizmo oriented products and home based technology.

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