GoSolarUSA, New Orleans, La., expects the first Volt Solar Chargers to hit American shores next week.
GoSolarUSA President and CEO Tyson Rohde said a shipment of Volt demonstration units is expected to arrive from the manufacturers in Shenzhen, China, by the end of next week. These devices will be the first of the new solar-powered Volt battery packs to reach North America.
The Volt Solar Charger is an external battery pack that attaches to the iPhone and extends its battery life using a built-in solar panel. The Volt is capable of harvesting solar energy to charge all versions of the Apple iPhone with the same device. By capturing free, renewable solar power, the Volt recharges the iPhone’s battery first before charging its own internal battery, nearly doubling the smartphone’s talk time.
The Volt includes a larger battery than many competitors and is the only iPhone battery pack known to the company to include a reception corrector. In order to charge the Volt Solar Charger after sunset, a USB cable will also be included with the device.
Last week, GoSolarUSA announced that the company acquired the exclusive North American distribution rights to the Volt Solar Charger. The company signed a distribution agreement with Xiamen Solar Electronics (XSE), the Chinese developer of the Volt. The agreement provides GoSolarUSA the exclusive right to sell and distribute the Volt in North America, the world’s largest market for iPhone accessories.