Solar Panel Charger Power Bank

 

Solar Panel Charger Power Bank
The unit came in a thin white cardboard  box, with a clear plastic display window. Outer packaging was double layer of plastic.As well as the charger  there is a short USB charging cable ( about 8 inches) and some brief instructions.
The charger has a robust heavy rubber casing which should stand up to some rough treatment, useful for outdoors.The sockets ( one mini and one standard ) are protected by a flip back rubber cover. It also has a hole in the casing at one end where a clip could be used to hang it up – useful outside and for hanging inside so it doesn’t get misplaced.  It charged my phone ( Samsung galaxy mini s3 ) from 86 to 100% in about 20 minutes on a cloudy day, I’m sure in sunlight it would be quicker.
I’m a great fan of solar power and for smallish devices its just perfect given the weakness of the sun here in the UK! I wonder how long it will be before phones have a solar panel as standard part of the case, or maybe incorporated into a separate case.I’m sure like me you’ve often picked up your phone when leaving home only to find you’ve forgotten to charge it!!
As well as solar charging it can be charged via the cable and a pc, or a phone charger, but note you will need the adapter to plug it in to mains. I use my kindle/phone adapter.  I do like this trend for everything to have standard mini USB ends, makes life easier than the endless different types we used to have through varying makers.Its also a battery type bank, very useful when out and its rainy or heavy cloud, though it is showerproof.

Double press power button for a very bright torch function – don’t look at it while you do it…I’m still seeing haloes over my keyboard
and monitor * blush*. It’s very bright. I felt like one of those cartoon characters who look down  the end of the hosepipe when its not working, only to get soaked when it jets through….I once put a match to a gas leak just to prove to brother in law the pipe was leaking – shot out like a blowtorch!! Many years ago though – I have learned a bit since then….
I can see some negative reviews, I’d disagree with the construction comments, to me this is a very robust unit, and doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy, but I’ve only tried charging it on my phone. That worked well, but I don’t have IPad/iPod so can’t test those.  I did plug in my kindle and it shows it’s charging but I don’t have percentage function so I can’t see how well it’s working.
I think this is excellent value for money and well worth buying if you spend long periods away from home.

Product supplied for review purposes.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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