If you’re anything like me, there is a gap between power needed and power available when it comes to gadgets.
Standard power profile for a day. My phone is in constant use, oops
I was walking home last week (with my phone battery as empty as empty can be, sitting uselessly in my bag) and decided to pop into Jaycar to see what they’ve got. With the help of the most friendly and helpful person I’ve dealt with in a store in a long time, I found this baby.
Solar mobile phone charger.
It ticked all the boxes on my list of things I wanted. I’ve taken to making a list of my needs and then buying – saves a bucket load of money.
- Lightweight and compact. No bigger than my phone if possible
- Easy to charge (the solar was a bonus here. It can charge by USB as well)
- Adaptors and cords to suit my devices (Samsung Galaxy Nexus and a Motorola XOOM). It also comes with iPhone/iPad chargers and a few others.
- $50 max (It only cost $35.95! Win)
I’d love to be able to ditch charging using the mains and use solar power instead but this one lacks the capacity to do that, but to be fair it’s not really designed to replace the wall socket. The salesman told me it won’t be likely to charge to 100% in a day of sun, it’s a bit small for that.
6 hours in the sun (it recommends 12 hours for a full charge and this side of Summer that isn’t going to happen) got it up to 50% so the math works.
6 hours in the sun, 2/4 on the power meter.
It’s easy to plug into a power source, just put the micro-USB into the battery and put the other end into your computer/wall charger and it gets up to 100% in an hour or two
On the back panel there is a big LED light that can be used as a night light or to light a room, it’s fairly powerful.
I charged my phone overnight using it to see how much juice I would get from it after a full charge. It gave about 2 hours of charging and took my phone from 12% to about 60%. Given the small size of the device I’m pretty impressed with that.
12% to around 60% in a couple of hours
I can see it being useful for giving me some extra power while I’m on a plane, if I’m out and about away from a power-point all day or if I ever decide to go camping and refuse to have my phone pried from my hands. There are larger options available, but for the size and price, this is my pick.
They’re $34.95 from Jaycar, either online or in-store, click over here to check them out here if you’re interested.
Next up – a watch that integrates with my phone and has a touch screen. I’m Commander Keen!