THORNTON, Colo. (AP) — What if an iPhone case could protect the device while also giving its battery a boost?
The thin-film solar module maker Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. said Wednesday it is introducing a smartphone case that includes a thin battery that harnesses sunlight for power. Ascent Solar CEO Victor Lee says the case would extend the phone's usage time.
The first case in its EnerPlex line is designed for the Apple iPhone 4 and 4S. The Thornton, Colo.-based company says it will eventually launch chargers for other phones.
It plans to start shipping EnerPlex cases to Asia within weeks. Global shipments are expected late this year.
Details on pricing and the exact weight of the case weren't immediately available.
Ascent Solar's shares were up 28 cents Wednesday to 86 cents.