It isn't the only solar charging case on the market, but Novothink's Solar Surge is the first to receive an official thumbs up from Apple.
The case features an integrated solar panel that should yield 30 minutes of talk time on a 3G network or 60 minutes on EDGE after 2 hours of sun exposure. Plus, the battery is a rechargeable 1500mAh 3.7-volt lithium-ion that offers 120 per cent capacity of the iPhone 3G. The Solar Surge for the 2G iPod Touch will be available later this month for $US70, while the iPhone 3G/3GS version will come in sometime in the 4Q of 2009 for the same price. If you are into this sort of thing, the Solar Surge is probably the most compact and practical solar iPhone charger on the market—and the price point seems to be in line with many standard charging cases. [Novothink via Ecofriend via Inhabitat]