Solar Media Player cleverly combines a speaker with a charging case

Cell phones batteries can last for days ­— IF you're not running any apps or streaming music. Using these features on a phone can zap a battery quickly. That's why Secur Products has created a solar cell phone case that can charge phones while protecting them from drops, water and dust. 

The $49.99 Solar Media Player is a zippered speaker with a built-in solar panel. To use it, you unzip the Solar Media Player, connect a phone or MP3 player, and zip it closed. The Solar Media Player will simultaneously function as a speaker and solar phone charger. 

It's rainproof, dust proof and shock proof. Once a smartphone or MP3 player is safely stowed inside, it will be protected from the elements and accidents. However, note that rainproof doesn't mean waterproof. Jump in the pool with your iPhone in the Solar Media Player, and the results may not be pretty.

The 7.28 inch by 3.74 inch by 1.77 inch Solar Media Player is large enough to hold most smartphones including the iPhone 6. Unfortunately, it's not big enough to hold my iPhone of choice; the iPhone 6 Plus. It features two 3-watt stereo speakers (which provides reasonably good sound for a speaker system this small), a built in 2000 mAh power bank and a 5.5V solar panel. 

When a phone is connected to the Solar Media Player it can draw power from the power bank, or the solar panel can charge both the phone and the power bank at the same time. The Solar Media Player also packs a battery light indicator and a carabineer that can be used to hang the speaker. 

Streaming music and playing your tunes is one of the fastest ways to drain the battery life on a smartphone. But, while camping in the woods, relaxing in the backyard with friends or enjoying nature in another way the only music source available could be your iPhone. And that's where the Solar Media Player comes in handy.

By the way, the battery is 2000 mAh and charges at 500 mA. So an average smart phone with a 2000 mAh battery would charge completely from zero in four hours. This assumes the Solar Media battery is fully charged already.