As soon as you got your iPad 3, you probably noticed a reduction in battery time. With heavy use, I don’t enjoy the ten hours as advertised but get something closer to eight.
Kudo has an interesting solution (originally covered here as Lilypad but now updated) – called the Kudocase. It’s a solar panel case that keeps the iPad juiced from ambient light (in addition to sunlight), so that it can recharge itself indoors and out. The manufacturer claims that with standard use* it will keep your iPad going for ten days without having to be plugged in.
*standard use means only 2 hours per day. The reality is dependent upon your actual usage.
The case has a number of other useful features, including an HDMI output and two stand configurations (one for keyboard typing and one for watching movies). Plus, if you misplace your iPad, you can whistle for it and the case will beep back.
The Kudocase will add an additional 23 ounces of weight to your iPad, because of its built-in rechargeable battery (which is what captures the sunlight’s energy in the first place).
Overall, the Kudocase is an elegant solution for casual iPad users. Why? Because if you use your iPad a lot, the solar panels aren’t going to be very effective in keeping it juiced. And – given how heavy this case is – you’re going to find it underwhelming AND extremely heavy. So, Road Warriors are advised to stick to wall outlets for the time being.
The whistle feature doesn’t appear to work particularly well, so it’s a gimmick. This is not based on personal experience but on reviews that I have read. Also, the metal stands were very difficult to flip out in the first generation product. It would be interesting to find out if this has been fixed.
I wanted to purchase one for my original iPad (the one I give to the kids and which I often find run-down) but Kudo doesn’t seem to be shipping them, although their website does advertise compatible cases. I’ll check back to see if the situation ever changes. I didn’t want to get one for my latest iPad, because I love my bluetooth keyboard case, which isn’t compatible with Kudocase – so, I am forced to compromise. Perhaps Kudo and Zapp could work together to come up with something? That would be a match made in heaven.
If you have one of these, please let us know your thoughts.