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Hop On Over

Hop On Over
by Gary Woods

One of the cool things about the iPad is the battery life. 8 to 9 hours is a lot of time on one charge. The other cool thing about the iPad is portability. You can take it everyplace but sometimes when you're taking it everyplace that everyplace exceeds those 8 to 9 hours. To make those 8 or 9 hours extend into infinity the folks at Lilly Pad ( have come up with a case that converts both indoor and outdoor light into usable energy.

The case uses new solar ink technology which basically makes the case work as a liquid solar panel. If you're an average user which I define as a couple of hours a day with roughly 14 hours of indoor light, the LilyPad can keep your iPad charged for up to 13 days.

Not only is this unit a charger it also functions as a regular stand and protective case plus there's an HDMI adapter built-in, a USB port to charge other gadgets, a whistle locator that beeps back at you when you can't find the case and a travel bag with a hole for the solar panel is included.

Now for the bad news, the Lily Pad isn't available yet but it will be shortly with the retail price coming in at around $175 to $200. But to keep the "green" theme going the company has said that for every Lily Pad sold they will plant one tree. They call it the "buy one, get one tree!" deal.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc