Chris Knight - Acutus Trading Ltd.
Solar Power for Latest Retina Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Laptops
July 18, 2012 in Hardware
[prMac.com] Wichita, Kansas - After a number of long-life external battery option announcements, QuickerTek now has two new solar power options for Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops. A 27 Watt and a 55 Watt Solar charger provides the "go anywhere" power that demanding users require. Priced at $695 and $1195 respectively, these two solar power systems come complete with all of the new Apple OEM Magsafe 2 cables necessary for plug and play right out of the box.
Works with Apple laptops:
* 11-inch MacBook Air [MD 223LL/A, MD 224LL/A]
* 13-inch MacBook Air [MD 231LL/A, MD 232LL/A]
* 13-inch MacBook Pro [MD 101LL/A, MD 102LL/A]
* 15-inch MacBook Pro [MD 103LL/A, MD 104LL/A]
* 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina display [MC 975LL/A, MC 976LL/A]
These two plug-and-play solar power options are ready to use right from the box - complete with a Magsafe 2 power cable, Apple Charger, cigarette lighter connector, as well as the QuickerTek Little Black Box rechargeable external battery product for USB charging and finally a QuickerTek tote bag to make the user's mobile experience fast and easy. Like QuickerTek's external battery products, these solar power systems also power and charge simultaneously - providing a huge benefit to MacBook users who are in and (way) out of the home and/or office.
Built for rugged outdoor conditions, these new solar systems use physically flexible amorphous solar panel technology. Unbreakable solar cells are even better suited to unpredictable outdoor environments where power is needed. Both solar systems fold down to an easily transported 13 by 7.5 inch size. Unlike rigid solar designs of the early days, these folding panels are really designed for mobile use, in the field. QuickerTek's solar power was used on a climb of Mt Everest, so it's probably rugged enough for most any charging situation. There is also built-in circuitry to bypass individual solar units, should damage occur, again providing power regardless of the situation.
These two new solar power products are also compatible with QuickerTek's extensive line of external battery products - further extending users' power options. Of course the use of Apple Magsafe power connectors mean complete compatibility with the MacBook laptops using Magsafe 2 connectors.
MacBooks can be recharged from 4 to 12 hours - depending on which MacBook model and how the computer is used during charging. Using the latest in solar technology, these solar systems even perform in low light conditions. Since they charge in lower light situations, they provide power for more hours per day than other solar products.
* Power: 55 Watt
* Size: 13 x 7.27 x 1.5 inches folded
* Size: 59"x 43"x0.2 inches unfolded
* Weight: 3.69 pounds
* Part #: MFC40002
* Price: $1,195.00 USD
* Size: 13 x 7.27 x 3 inches folded
* Size: 47 x 25.25 x 0.2 inches unfolded
* Weight: 1.73 pounds
* Part #: MFC40001
* Price: $695.00 USD
Rick Estes, president, QuickerTek, described these solar systems as, "the ultimate means to get power in the field. No matter what you're doing, from a day-long photo shoot to an extended trip where power is either unavaialble or not reliable, our solar power systems are the answer. Just fold them up, stuff them in the tote bag and go anywhere. Our solar panels have been to Mt Everest, so I can't wait to find out where our customers go next," he said. "Nothing is worse then travelling haflway across the planet for business or work, only to discover that your destination has crummy power. If you're taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip, bring enough power - with our solar power system for your MacBook. Don't be that guy who travels to some remote island and can't bring back more than a handful of photos or even read email or web browse," he explained.
To meet the demanding needs of a variety of users, QuickerTek can also build custom cables to power devices other than just laptops - from digital cameras to external hard drives, to LED light sources. Contact QuickerTek for more details about specific needs. Like most QuickerTek products, the new MacBook Pro Solar Systems are backed with a one-year warranty on parts and labor.
QuickerTek has been a recognized leading innovator of power/solar products, antennas and RF products for the Apple community. QuickerTek products can be purchased online and from authorized resellers. Copyright (C) 2009-2012 QuickerTek. All Rights Reserved. Apple, and the Apple logo, and MacBook Pro are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.