Solar Powered Backup Battery and Charger for Portable Devices
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371 of 381 found the following review helpful:
Quick, easy, intuitive Plug-n-charge Jan 06, 2011
By C. Ash
This charger comes with the panel, a standard mini-USB cable and suction cups to mount it to a window. I have an IPhone 3G. It does not come with an IPhone adapter cable, but mine plugs into the USB_OUT port just fine, no problems. The mini_IN plug is for charging the device using a computer or laptop if there is no sun. There are indicator lights on the back. Press the center button and 25-50-75-100% illuminates to give you an estimate of charge remaining on the panels internal battery. Nice little LED light. charged quickly in sunlight and just as quickly plugged into desktop. Great to have for power outages or when the elusive plug in an airport just doesn't materialize. This is a great little product worth the price shipped quickly and arrived on time. Very pleased and should probably be a spokesperson for the thing they way I've been showing it off everyone asks when they see it. I charged an almost dead IPhone and it still had 50% charge left. PLUS you can use the phone while the panel is charging it in the sun with the phone connected "real time". This is very very close in size to the iphone itself. Not big at all.
337 of 354 found the following review helpful:
XTG SOL1500 Premium Solar Charger Review Mar 05, 2011
By G. Teruya
Been into Solar Chargers for the past 6 months. Interest in solar charges grew from wanting to be prepared for emergencies. The electronic devices that I have are powered through AA, AAA, and USB sources. Therefore, my focus was on finding a solar charger that can power one or any combination of the three. I was hopeful for this solar charger would be able to charge my iPhone and Sanyo Eneloop USB Battery Charger. The Sanyo Eneloop USB Battery Charger can charge either up to two AA or AAA batteries at a time. This is the review of the XTG SOL1500 Premium Solar Charger.
First, this solar charger appeared to be of quality build. It is roughly the size of an iPhone, but significantly lighter. The item arrived in new condition, well aligned, and finished nicely. Second, the solar panel is able to charge the internal Lithium Ion battery very fast. I never had the charger completely drained, but it did not take more than several hours in full sun to completely charge the internal battery. Third, the device successfully charged my iPhone, iPod Shuffle, and Sanyo Eneloop USB Battery Charger. Fourth, the internal battery charge indicator is so helpful and useful. Four separate LEDs can light up to indicate 20, 50, 80, or 100% charge with a push of a button. Last is the LED light which is quite powerful and unexpected.
I would improve this device with relatively minor adjustments. First, I would not mind more capacity. Second, due to personal preference in the way I store electronic devices, I wish the lithium ion battery were removable and interchangeable. On that note, having an internal, non-removable battery sort of limits the life of the device overall. Keep in mind that these are very picky things which that would not bother most people.
Overall, I rate this XTG SOL1500 Premium Solar Charger a 4.8 out of 5.0 stars. I am very pleased with this device and would highly recommend it to friends. Most of my experience with solar chargers has been very disappointing. This is the only one, so far, that I can honestly recommend.
I am changing my rating of the XTG SOL 1500 Premium Solar Charger to a 3.8 out of 5.0 stars. As reviews critical of this solar charger have mentioned, the device is not going to get a full charge from the solar panels. During my initial use of the device, I believe user error on my part (mixing up when I charged the device via USB and solar) led me to rate this device higher. After almost two years, I found this solar charger while doing some cleaning for the new year. Since digging it up, I have tested the device everyday.
- If connected to the USB drive, the device will get a full charge.
- Off a full charge, this device charged my iPhone 4S from 34% to 100%. I do not normally like to allow my iPhone to go below 50% and 34% is the lowest that I tested.
- I have only been able to charge the device to about 50% even when leaving it on my dashboard for a week with full sun each day.
- After allowing the device to charge via solar cells, it was able to charge my iPhone 4S by only about 27%.
With these results, I rate the device a 3.8 out of 5.0 stars. It has some utility, such as being a charger, whether solar or USB, and a battery pack. It also has a LED light which would be useful in an emergency. There is also a switch to either turn on the LED flashlight, start charging (indicator glows blue), or turns off the device, which puts it in charge mode (indocator glows red when charging). However, it will not fully charge its internal battery via solar. As such, I knocked off an extra point. I would recommend this for most people, but would tell them to consider the PowerFilm 10W Folding Solar Panel first.
138 of 146 found the following review helpful:
Great Solar Charger Jan 30, 2011
By Alexander G. Leonard
This solar charger is a great buy. I have not tried charging the unit via USB, but is charges up fine in the sun. I have used it to charge my phone, Ipod, and Bluetooth headset without any problems. It seems well constructed. I thought that the LED flashlight would be cheap but it actually seems well constructed and bright. I do wish they made a way of attaching this thing to a backpack for charging on the go. Other than that no complaints.
130 of 140 found the following review helpful:
pretty good but solar isn't great yet Mar 16, 2011
I bought this product knowing that it can only be charged up to 50 percent in the sun and the rest can be charged up by hooking up to a computer. The product feels a little bit cheap but so far has held up. I was able to charge up my phone twice in a two day period starting from 100 percent and leaving the solar panel in the sun. This would be a much better product if the panel could charge all the way back to 100 percent. So the solar panel charger is pretty cool but the technology is almost there but not quite great yet.
36 of 37 found the following review helpful:
USB socket breaks Aug 10, 2011
I've had two of these items, and each time, the USB socket has just completely fallen out. The first one I had worked fine until about a month later, when it just plain broke. I could then only charge via sun, which meant it wouldn't go any higher than 50%. It was wonderful when I could plug it into the wall. The second one I got (after a very successful return and credit) was even worse -- the socket broke just two weeks later. Great in concept. Terrible in execution. RUN AWAY!
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