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This is a product I have owned for about 3 years and whilst I have found it very useful for charging my phone and my ipod in that time this is a mixed review because I have also experienced that we don't really have the amount of sunshine required in this country to fully charge the battery via the solar charger (takes about 3 days of solid sunshine (no clouds at all)) and I have also experienced the battery fail although it was replaced free of charge outside of the years warranty by the manufacturer.
The unit is about the size of a small phone and the solar panel is about the size of a wallet. The battery unit attaches to the solar panel of the mains to charge and whilst the mains charges it in 3 hours roughly the solar panel takes much longer and will do about a third a day in good sunshine ion the south of England.
The unit comes with a range of connections to suit most makes of phone and one for an ipod (you can but more as the connections evolve) The battery unit has a backlit display to show its charge level and from a full charge it will fully charge any unit I have used it on.
Overall it is a great backup for any device you want to recharge on the go once and then have access to the mains again and on holiday in Italy in direct sunshine the solar panel worked well.
I would buy it again but to be honest I would just buy the battery unit as the solar charger is just for the enthusiast who is very patient.
From the heart of Africa to the Hardanger Glacier, the powermonkey-eXplorer has proved to be an invaluable piece of kit, providing essential power in the most remote locations. Incorporating the solarmonkey, the powermonkey-eXplorer lets you charge wherever, whenever.
And, if you own one of Soundtraveler speakers - you can use the powermonkey-eXplorer to power them instead of spending your money replacing the batteries!
The solarmonkey draws power directly from the sun - giving you free power wherever you are!
Make sure your powermonkey-eXplorer's got full power at all times by charging it with the handy solarmonkey, which can be attached to a rucksack, hung from a window, left in a car or taken anywhere the sun shines! Make sure the powermonkey-eXplorer unit is turned off when recharging from the solar slave in order to reduce charging time! You can even use the solarmonkey to recharge your device directly - so you have back up power at all times. For example, plug the solarmonkey into the back of one of Soundtraveler speakers and it will run your speakers from the power of the sun - no batteries needed!
Ultra compact, tough and powerful, the powermonkey-eXplorer is water resistant and made from rubberized casing so can take whatever life throws at it, yet it remains the lightest, most versatile charger available today.
Featuring an LCD screen that displays battery capacity and the level of charge, the powermonkey-eXplorer also has short-circuited protection, over-charging protection and over-discharging protection.
|Product Description:||Powertraveller Powermonkey-eXplorer external battery pack + battery charger - AC/ solar|
|Product Type:||External battery pack + battery charger - AC/ solar|