Voltaic is a company that deals with voltage. They specialize in the solar charging to create volts. Their latest entry is the Spark. The Spark is a solar panel design for tablet and notebooks.
Voltaic is marketing the Spark for the iPad – and why not as there’s plenty of marketing spin going on for Apple tablets.
The Spark will generate 8watts of solar power. So for those who don’t have an electrical engineering degree, or simply can’t do the math – one hour of sun to the Spark will generate enough power to run one hour of video off the iPad. Not bad.
- Weather: Panels are waterproof, lightweight and built to withstand abuse.
- Charge times: About 10 hours in direct sun will fully charge an iPad, other tablets may take less time.
- Peak Output: 6 Volts, 1,333mA or 12 Volts, 667mA
- Connector: USB and 5 standard adapters
So here is the price – $299 USD. To learn more, visit
As we just mentioned, Apple doesn’t license their female connector technology, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get it. Take for example, the USB Fever iPad iPhone cable extender. This cable makes it easy to extend the iPad or iPhone from it’s original point.
Some possible applications would include: A developer testing the device and doesn’t want to wear down the contacts of the Apple device. Connect where other accessories get in the way. Your other cable is worn down and you don’t want to drop the $50 on the Apple branded version.
The Apple cable extender is $12 and ready for the taking.
Nest is a contemporary looking storage slash stand for Apple products. The Nest is a device-stand small enough to prop up your iPhone and sturdy enough to hold up your iPad [via the back door sliding tray].
Very clever indeed. It would be great to see their creative genius make up a solution for multi Apple products as well. As I’ve mentioned before, my house alone has 3 iPhones and one iPad. We are constantly searching for a bulk charge center that will keep the USB power cords organized and the devices available.
Back to the Nest – different color insert lining for padded storage. The rubber insert folds over the top so that when an iPad is set flat on the top, it will not slip. Making it easy for the user to read, type and browse the device while in use.
The Nest is bargain at just $15.
Doing a bit of research for iPhone chargers I came across the Dynamic8 iPhone and iPad charger. The look is fantastic and is very contemporary. No protrusive charger sticking out half way into the drivers console, but rather flush, stylish looking accessory.
- Enjoy full use of your iPhone or iPod during car trips, and arrive with your battery fully charged
- Amber/green charging status light
- Detachable dock connector to USB Type A cable that you can also use to connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer
- Easily replaceable 2 Amp automotive blade-type fuse to protect against spikes and surges
- Works with iPhone, iPad models that feature full-size dock connector, and iPad shuffle (1st generation)
Only down side…they call it the “iCar Charger”
The AirStash, in one word, Amazing. This device solves all the problems of lack of storage with Apple products. With the AirStash you can now budget down to purchase the cheapest iPad or iPhone because the AirStash gives you the extra storage you need.
The AirStash, in simple terms, is a wireless storage dongle you carry around which provides unlimited storage.
The AirStash uses self powered WiFi to sync with your iPod, iPad or iPhone. The AirStash uses an SD slot for unlimited storage. The controller on the AirStash will recognize up to 32GB SD cards…from there you just swap out memory and keep saving.
Since the AirStash is wireless you can stream audio or video from the device to your Apple product. This means you can run GBs of music or videos without bogging down all the memory on your iPhone or iPad.
The only drawback I see is that you cannot dump photo’s from your Apple product to the AirStash [I’ve emailed the company to make sure my info is correct]. But you can easily take pictures using a digital camera [that uses SD cards] and simply pull the SD card from the digital camera and upload those photo’s to your iPhone / iPad.
The AirStash [kudos on the creative name] is available for $99 and is well worth the money rather than paying $100s more for a bigger Apple product.
If you’re not convinced yet, watch this 3 min YouTube video and get hooked.
You might have heard the next gen iPad will include a miniUSB port, but for those looking for an easier interface today, or want a standard USB interface for even the upcoming iPad, you should get the USB connector kit from USB Fever.
The kit has a SD and USB connector which talks with the iPad through the female Apple connector you use for synchronizing or connecting to your computer.The kit gives you an easier way to upload images, video and PDF documents. It also gives you an easier way to connect your iPhone or other digital camera or video recorder to your iPad. Hell, you could almost toss out the PC…oh way, you’ve still got to sync and update.
The USB port could also be used to connect your keyboard to the iPad for typing emails, etc. Sure you all love the keypad on the iPad, but it’s still not as easy to use as a traditional keyboard.
USBFever webpage [$35].