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FAQ for the Solar iPad Kudo Case

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KudoCase for the iPad 2 / iPad 3



Important Information Regarding Charging and Your KudoCase

How do I charge my KudoCase?

My iPad doesn't fit in the KudoCase!

How do I know my KudoCase is charging once I plug it in?

How long will I be able to use my iPad once in the KudoCase?

Why is there a red light blinking?

How often will I have to recharge the KudoCase?

Why do I have to recharge my KudoCase and iPad if this is a Solar charging case?

How come I can’t always see the Blue LED Power Indicator Lights?

Does the Auto Sleep/Wake feature work if I already have it set in my iPad?

Why did my Kudo Case beep?

What can I watch using the HDMI port?  Will it mirror my screen?

What can I charge with the USB Power out Port?

Will the KudoCase work in my country where the electrical adapters are different?

Why does it seem that the New iPad (iPad3) seems to be a tighter fit than the iPad2?

Will I do any damage to my iPad when I “snap” it in to place when inserting in to the KudoCase?

Didn't the Kudo solar iPad case used to be called the LilyPad?

Why is it called Kudo? 

 

KudoCase Instruction Manual:

Important Information Regarding Charging and Your KudoCase

 

Important Information Regarding Charging and Your KudoCase
The recent introduction of the New iPad™ (iPad 3) has been long awaited by retailers and consumers alike. One thing that we have discovered is that the new and larger battery in the iPad which uses the same voltage and amperage intakes but now has an increased wattage. As a result, the lithium polymer based battery in the KudoCase needs just a little help to adapt to this and it is known as CYCLING, or what technicians refer to as a “spanking”. This is very similar to other electronic devices like smart phones that need to be depleted and cycled to perform correctly. Follow these simple steps if you notice any discrepancies or difficulties in the Charging process as described on the Instruction Card.

 

1) First charge. Remove the iPad from the KudoCase and Charge each independently.
2) When charging with no iPad you will notice a blinking GREEN light on your Kudo® Case.
3) Once the light turns into a solid green the KudoCase is fully charged and you can insert your iPad and use as normal.  *PLEASE NOTE THIS MAY TAKE SEVERAL HOURS (UPWARDS OF 8-10 DEPENDING ON BATTERY LEVEL) TO FULLY CHARGE.  EVEN IF AFTER THAT AMOUNT OF TIME THE GREEN LIGHT IS STILL ILLUMINATED PROCEED DIRECTLY TO THE NEXT STEP.
4) Via NORMAL iPad use, operate until you see the RED light beginning to blink, then REPEAT the steps above.  *IT IS CRITICAL TO FULLY DEPLETE THE KUDO BATTERY AND THEN CHARGE BOTH AGAIN SEPARATELY TO COMPLETE THE CYCLING PROCESS   --  Congratulations, you have now “spanked” or cycled your battery!
5) From now on you can charge the KudoCase® and iPad™ as instructed on the enclosed Instruction Card.

***PLEASE NOTE THAT EVEN IF YOU HAVE AN iPAD 2, THE BATTERY IN YOUR KudoCase COULD ALSO BE IN NEED OF A GOOD OL’ “SPANKING” AS WELL , SO DON’T BE SHY

 

How do I charge my KudoCase?

Insert your iPad in to the KudoCase and then plug in to an outlet and be sure to use ONLY the Charging Cord provided with the KudoCase along with ONLY the adapter / charger that came with your iPad.  The Kudo case will not charge with an iPhone or other wall  adapter / charger that is not 5V and 2.1A, so make sure to use the charger provided with the iPad

 

My iPad Doesn't Fit in the KudoCase!

Very easy remedy.  Put the case out in the sun for about 5-10 minutes, a car dashboard works great.  The rubber tip which holds the iPad in place is known as a Thermo Polycarbonate Urethane.  There are two types of this material, one is resilient to heat, the other is resilient to cold.  We chose the former for obvious reasons.  Unfortunately we recently learned that during transit on DHL (from the factory to the US) the cargo-hold can be at extremely low temperatures.  This changed the molecule structure of that rubber piece.  It simply needs some heat to loosen it back up and reform it's memory.  Once it's heated you can pop the iPad in there nice and easily, then over a short amount of time the memory will form to the iPad.

 

How do I know my KudoCase is charging once I plug it in?

Once plugged in the green LED indicator light will come on and blink every few seconds.  If it comes on for just a brief moment then the power is going directly to your iPad.  Once your iPad is charged, or if your iPad is already full the KudoCase will then automatically divert the power to its own battery and the Green LED Indicator Light will blink every few seconds.  Once both your iPad and KudoCase are fully charged the Kudo charging indicator will remain on a solid green light and you are ready to go!

 

How long will I be able to use my iPad once in the KudoCase?

It will vary for everyone depending on the types of applications used, amount of time spent using iPad, how much ambient light is absorbed during down time, etc.  The average user will get 8-10 days of use before both the iPad and the Kudo need to be plugged into the wall.

 

Why is there a red light blinking?

That means the internal battery of the Kudo is low. There is no need to rush to plug it into the wall unless you always want it topped off, but it is likely that your iPad is still at or near 100% once the Kudo battery is low. You will now see the iPad battery starting to deplete during this time, even though the Kudo is low it is STILL collecting power from ambient light sources. That power will continue to charge the iPad as it trickles into the case, but the iPad will continue to deplete it's battery and at any time you can charge your Kudo and iPad together. This red light indicator is especially useful if you are planning on using the Kudo to charge a phone or camera through the USB, and if the red light is blinking the case will not be able to rapidly charge your phone and it is best to prepare with an overnight charge.

 

How often will I have to recharge the KudoCase?

This will also vary for everyone depending on the types of applications used, amount of time spent using iPad, how much ambient light is absorbed during down time, etc. The average user will get 8-10 days of iPad use before both the iPad and Kudo case are depleted, and even when the Kudo case is low it will still trickle energy to slow down the depletion of your iPad battery. Your KudoCase will tell you when it’s time to recharge with the LED Power Indicator Display! If no lights on the Kudo case come on when the iPad goes from sleep to wake mode, then the Kudo is likely very low. If your iPad is less than 100% and not charging while you are using your iPad then the Kudo is out of battery and needs a lot of light or to be plugged back into the wall.

 

Why do I have to recharge my KudoCase and iPad if this is a Solar charging case?

The energy demands of the iPad are too great to be powered exclusively by light.  The KudoCase also has a battery to support the process which is constantly being trickle charged with ambient light but will have to be recharged periodically.  Usually 8-10 days.

 

How come I can’t always see the Blue LED Power Indicator Lights?

Simple…our goal is to conserve power which is why they only come on for short intervals while in use.  When the flap opens, or when you go into wake mode on your iPad (home screen, not the lock screen) then the lights on the KudoCase will indicate for about 4 seconds.

 

Does the Auto Sleep/Wake feature work if I already have it set in my iPad?

It sure does, and that’s why we call it a Smart Cover.  It puts your iPad to “sleep” when closed and “awakens” it to where you left off when you open it.  However, you can change this setting on your iPad under Settings > General > iPad Cover Lock / Unlock.

 

Why did my Kudo Case beep?

The Kudo Case has a unique feature called a whistle locator.  If you can't find where you left your iPad near by just whistle and the Kudo will beep to let you know where it is.  From time to time this could begin beeping due to a nearby frequency or something perceived as a similar trigger sound.  If you don’t need it you can simply turn the switch labeled LOCATOR to OFF, it was only intended as a convenience in the first place and it seems most of us usually know where our iPad is at all times.

 

What can I watch using the HDMI port?  Will it mirror my screen?

The Apple™ mirroring technology is proprietary, which will allow anything on your screen to appear onto a television or projector and others are not allowed to use that technology.  However, they did allow us to use the component port on their connector, and most applications with any kind of video or presentation like features will conveniently work through that port.  Finally, we took the analog signal from that port and converted it into HDMI which enables you to watch just about any video or presentation on a projector or television.

 

What can I charge with the USB Power out Port?

Any device that uses a USB charging cable can be charged here.  Seriously, have you ever made it through a whole day with your iPhone?

 

Will the KudoCase work in my country where the electrical adapters are different?

Sure will.  The Charging Cord is designed to be used in conjunction with your specific IPad Power Adapter, so wherever you buy your iPad your KudoCase will work as well.

 

Why does it seem that the New iPad (iPad3) seems to be a tighter fit than the iPad2?

You are not seeing things; it actually is a tighter fit.  One of the minor changes that were made to the New iPad was that it is 0.6mm thicker than its predecessor to accommodate a larger battery.  However, 0.6mm is extremely thin.

 

Will I do any damage to my iPad when I “snap” it in to place when inserting in to the KudoCase?

Nope.  By hearing and feeling the “snap” it ensures a snug fit which helps with connectivity, as well as protection of your iPad.  After all, we don’t want them falling out…and the tab at the top of your KudoCase is rubberized anyway, specifically designed so it won’t do any cosmetic or physical damage.

 

Didn't the Kudo solar iPad case used to be called the LilyPad?

Many of you know the KudoCase was originally called the LilyPad.  During the development process Apple™ made a number of requests, one of which was a name change (didn't like the word "Pad" in LilyPad) and we obliged by changing our name to Kudo®.  We continue to work directly with Apple in order to maintain the utmost quality of our products.

 

Why is it called Kudo? 

The case that uses both indoor and outdoor light to power your iPad and corn grain to protect it could basically be called the Solar iPad Case. But "Kudos" is what we stand for. You're making the innovative choice and also going down an environmentally friendly path; and that is what our philosophy really is...so,  Kudo To You!

 

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