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Solar Lighted Cover for Kindle 4 - Protect, Charge & Light up Your E-book. 3 Times Longer Battery Life. Keep Reading Day & Night, Indoors & Outdoors. (IMPORTANT NOTE: It Fits "LATEST KINDLE" with 5 Way Controller only, not for Kindle Touch / Kindle Keyboard or any earlier models)

2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

  • The first Solar Lighted Cover for the Amazon Kindle E-reader in the market.
  • Stylish protective cover for your Kindle 4 ( Non Touch, Non Keyboard)
  • Built in reserve power runs powerful LED light and can also charge your Kindle!
  • Soft, flexible, lightweight and high efficient solar panels build into cover
  • Continue reading, indoors, outdoors, day or night, anytime, anywhere!
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.7 x 0.7 inches ; 7.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B006E95V8M
  • Item model number: SF-SLKC1
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 4, 2011
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Product Description

Solar Lighted Cover- 3 month + unplugged power Keep Your Kindle Protected, Powered and Illuminated The first solar cover for the Amazon Kindle e-reader takes an environmentally friendly approach to enhancing form and utility. The Solar Lighted Cover for Kindle 4 is designed to look smart and feel great in your hands without being bulky or heavy. The form-fitted cover keeps your Kindle safe while discretely adding functionality with a built-in solar panel that charges the reserve battery for the LED reading lamp in addition to providing extra power for the Kindle. Best of all, the reading lamp draws power from the reserve battery, not the Kindle, so you won't have to worry about draining the Kindle's battery. Have Light Whenever You Need It The cover's built-in LED reading lamp is available whenever you need it, providing unparalleled coverage and illumination over the screen surface of the Kindle, reaching up to 800 lux. The reading lamp turns on automatically when released from its housing, and automatically turns off when pressed back into place, or when the Kindle goes into sleep mode. Most importantly, it only draws power from the reserve battery, never from the Kindle itself.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says February 2, 2012
By Chad
Verified Purchase
I've only had this cover for two weeks but it seems to work quite well. The cover is a little bulky, about 3/4" thick, it makes the Kindle the size of a normal paperback book. The kindle fits snugly in the case and can be a pain to take out, a butter knife will pop it out with no damage. When I got the case I fully charged it with my USB cable like the directions stated and that has been the last time the cords been used. I live in Las Vegas so we have plentiful sunshine. I put the Kindle in the window sill when I go to work and that's all the sunshine it gets. It did take about 3 days worth of charging to get back to a full charge after I drained the cover battery to below 30%. But I was using it a lot during that time. The only thing I had to be careful about was that if it was in the window sill with the window closed the cover got pretty hot. I remedied that by cracking the window open so some cool air blew on the case. Their are only two couple of things I'd change about the cover.

1) I would like to be able to dim the reading light. I have a 2 week old daughter and when I'm rocking her to sleep at night the light it pretty powerful, i put a piece of scotch tape over it to dim it.

2) To tell the cover battery charge level the cover LED light goes from Green-Orange-Red. Orange and red look a little to much alike, at a glance you might think it one was the other. A charge indicator that was a little more precise would be nice. Whether it was a LCD screen with a percentage or maybe bars like on your cell phone signal strength. The orange covers 30%-80% charge level, so mine is usually always orange.

I bought this cover because I'm in the military and go places where electricity isn't always reliable. It will never lower your power bill enough to pay for itself, but it's nice to be able to put one power cord in a drawer and forget about it. If I had to do it all over again, I'd still buy this cover. I like it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for traveling! January 31, 2012
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I have purchased solar chargers before, but many didn't work as expected.
The Solar leather lighted cover worked as intended.
I now have the cover left on the window sill to charge, and no more fiddling with power adapters.
This would be ideal when traveling, as I would have one less charger and adapter to worry about.

Improvements that I can suggest:
- It does add thickness and weight to the Kindle. I'm sure that future versions will be smaller, however I bought the Kindle 4 for it's small and slim size.
- Hard to remove from holder. Once the kindle is attached to the cover, it fits great, but removing isn't very easy. When I travel and want to read, I'd prefer to remove the kindle from the cover for the mobility.

Overall, I am very happy with the product.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic product January 12, 2012
I got one of these and was a little skeptical at first. I have been using it for several days now and it really does perform as stated. My K probably will never see another wall plug which is fine with me. I am amazed at how well the K fits into it and it makes the K easier to hold onto. It also relieves some of the fear factor of damaging the K. Looks and feels expensive..... maybe they will come out with colors? I hope they make one for my iPad!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy and not very durable. August 1, 2012
By ben
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I've been using this for a few months now.

I underestimated how big this thing really is - it turns my svelte Kindle 4 into Goliath.

The solar function works as advertised, which would be great for independence from power sources when travelling and camping, but it has failed.

The problem is, the panel is connected to the body of the device with a thin fabric flap with (I presume) the wires for the solar panel running through it. Mine seems to have failed somewhere in this part of the device - it will only charge if I wiggle the panel a little bit so there must be a faulty connection in there somewhere. This design just seems inherently weak.

I've contacted SK tech support but they don't speak english very well and it's such a pain in the **** to have to pay for postage, wait for weeks to get a replacement etc that I might just try fixing it myself.

I wouldn't buy it again in retrospect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Solar does not seem to work October 27, 2012
By Marc B
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The cover is big as described by previous reviewers. Seems to provide good protection. Light is adequate for night time reading. However, I purchased this for the solar charging feature and it does not work. After fully charging the battery from the wall I have had the cover in a south facing window all day every day for almost a month, where it gets almost 8 hours of sun per day with the green light blinking indicating that it is charging. Despite this the battery charge level indicator shows a decreasing charge. And I can't seem to transfer a charge to the kindle. I have tried to contact the company through the contact me link on the web page without success. Perhaps mine is just a lemon, but I will be continuing my attempts to contact Solarmio to return or exchange my unit
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solar Lighted Cover for Kindle 4 December 26, 2012
By Millie
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Had the Solar Lighted Cover for Kindle 4 for almost 2 months now. Charged the cover via the computer when I first got it.

Love the cover it protects my Kindle, as it should and looks good.
The built in light works and is great for reading in low light situations.
Great to be able to charge the Kindle from the cover battery, to extend my reading time.

I just haven't been able to work out if the solar is working properly. I leave it out in the sun and the charging light is flickering, but the red low battery light never becomes green.
Maybe I'm not leaving it out in the sun enough, I don't want the Kindle to cook.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple to install, easy to use
Before I left for Haiti, I loaded up the Kindle with books. The solar charger was simple to install, and quickly charged up in the sun. Read more
Published 13 months ago by friend of Haiti
1.0 out of 5 stars Solar Focus model SFBC 15-05
I've had my Solar Focus out in bright sunlight for 2 hours or more but the Battery did not charge. I took the unit inside and placed under a high intensity light source with the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ray
1.0 out of 5 stars did not work
did not charge with sunlight or with the usb.
light did not work
led light did not work
piece of crap
Published 16 months ago by Mario Brusa
5.0 out of 5 stars If the Zombies take over......
I love this solar cover-I show everyone. All I had to do was load the kindle itself and the cover once with the charging cord, now all I need is daylight-doesn't even have to be... Read more
Published 16 months ago by legal2b
1.0 out of 5 stars solar cover for kindle 4
This one went dead in a little over a year, barely used it and had to buy a new one a year later, hope this new one is going to last, folks be careful with this product.
Published 19 months ago by D. Cook
1.0 out of 5 stars The solar portion just doesn't function.
I have now owned two of these items- both seemed to work for the first month. Do not expect for the solar recharging portion to work after that. Read more
Published 21 months ago by hb
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the light.
I really like the light. The only downside is the weight of the Kindle and cover/protector in bed, but I'm getting used to it.
Published 22 months ago by Eliza
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
Very disappointing. Light does not adequately illuminate face of kindle. Solar -- is more of an "on-demand" affair rather than continually charging device. Read more
Published on September 15, 2012 by thuntr
5.0 out of 5 stars Solar Kindle Cover
I've had this case for about 2 months now and feel I can fully comment about it. The case itself is very sturdy, I was a little concerned the build quality would be poor but that... Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by Aaron Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Purchase with caution
I can't speak to whether or not this product works because we could not use it with either of the two Kindles we own. Apparently it only fits one of the newest, smaller Kindles. Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by fit grandma
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