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This is a bundle consisting of our 7W Solar Charger panel and 1.2W High Efficiency Solar USB Battery. Together these can charge most portable electronics as fast as a wall charger in bright sunlight, and even provide a useful charge in cloudy conditions.
There are a variety of ways to charge up:
The battery has a capacity of 6000mAh, in real world use this is enough to store several days worth of charge from the solar panel.
Since both the panel and pack feature USB sockets, they can charge the thousands of devices which charge over USB. Also included is two straight 100cm cables supplied with a total of 9 connectors (2x mini USB, 2x micro USB, 2x Apple Standard, 1x Apple Lightning, 2x Small Nokia) to extends the range of devices even further, allowing you to power many phones, PDAs, digital cameras, GPS navigators and mp3/video players.
The pack is powerful enough to charge an iPad at full speed and even charge a second device simultaneously.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab / Note 10.1 will not charge from standard USB sockets - use this adaptor to solve the issue
The two panels have a combined power of 8.2W and use monocrystalline panels. The table below compares the power of several popular solar chargers.
We recommend you buy the panel together with our USB Power Monitor so you can see exactly how much power the panel is outputting and angle it exactly to increase the amount of sunlight captured.
Note, solar panels will only achieve the stated power in ideal circumstances, and will only output a fraction of the power if it is cloudy, the panel is inside a window, or if the panel is not directly facing the Sun.
|Portable Solar Chargers Compared|
|Product||Solar Panel Power||Battery Capacity|
|Powerbee Solar Phone Charger||0.5W (5V x 100mA)||2000mAh|
|Powermonkey Explorer||1W (5V x 200mA)||2200mAh|
|Freeloader Pro||1.1W (5.5V x 200mA)||1600mAh|
|PortaPow Solar USB Battery||1.2W (5V x 240mA)||6000mAh|
|PortaPow 4.2W Solar Bundle||4.2W (5V x 840mA)||6000mAh|
|PortaPow 8.2W Solar Bundle||8.2W (5V x 1640mA)||6000mAh|
|Solar Gorilla||10W (20V x 500mA)||Not included|
|PortaPow 12.2W High Efficiency Solar Bundle||12.2W (5V x 1640mA)||6000mAh|
Posted by chris holland on 20th Aug 2013
I was searching for a portable solar charger on amazon, however my options seemed quite limited as there was only a couple of companies that seem to make them such as solarmonkey and freeloader. After reading the reviews of these products i saw people were having mixed results and i wanted a decent solar charger that i could rely on.
I came across one review which said they had disposed of their solarmonkey recently due to it breaking however they had come across Portapow, at first i thought it may be an employee for portapow but decided to have a look at their range of products, and ended up purchasing the 8.2w solar bundle, and i mus say i a 110% satisfied with my choice.
Not only will the solar panel store charge in the smaller battery, but i can directly charge my perpherals from the solar panel, and that is in the UK sun (we definately dont get the best of weather)
The products seem well built, and for the price i paid i genuinely could not of asked for more. Completely satisfied with my purchase, would genuinely recommend it to everyone i know!
Posted by Mike Stead on 31st Jul 2013
Works a treat. Used at a festival for many different phones. Only down side is that the supplied micro USB plugs (only ones I used) are not good quality and kept falling out of the phone's socket. No good if you don't keep an eye on it. Suggest using your phones USB cable.
Posted by Yann on 26th Jun 2013
really necessary and powerfull, i use for all my devices USB the TOP on the world :-)
Posted by Matt, Adelaide, Australia on 3rd May 2012
I bought the 5W panel and standard 3400mAh battery because I had tried cheaper options -- bought on eBay, shipped from HK or China -- and had had enough. Yes, there are bargains out there but it's hit-and-miss. I was just wasting money on stuff that let me down when I needed it, didn't last and needed replacing. There are just so many claims being made when it comes to solar panels by manufacturers and retailers, probably safe in the knowledge that the average person doesn't have a clue what a Watt or mAh is (myself included) and has no way of testing or verifying the information provided. We just want something that will work and last under trying outdoor conditions.
No more. I considered the 2W panel (now sold as a 3W) from Portapow which would probably do the job well enough. After my eBay experiences and thinking that solar is a giant con, I went for the 5W panel which is advertised here as being able to work in cloudy and non-optimal conditions. I'm glad I did.
The battery pack is well-regarded enough online from the company but there's not a lot of information about their solar panels.
I do bicycle touring and wild camping. I also use a smartphone for maps, MP3, camera, internet, phone, etc. It's the nature of my travels that I don't know when I'll be in a hotel. It could be tonight, it could be in three or four days' time.
The solar panel is simply excellent. It's late-autumn here in Australia. My phone was hovering just above flat at 10am. Between 10am and 2pm we had a fine, clear few hours, at 14 degrees celcius temperature. Through connecting my Samsung phone direct to the 5W panel, it fully charged within that time.
The mounting eyelets are excellent, the canvas backing has a quality feel to it. There's attention-to-detail here which I like. I did a lot of research before buying and felt I was taking a chance outlaying the cash but I have no regrets. I'd feel comfortable taking this solar charger on a one month + ride, safe in the knowledge I always have power when I need it.
Do yourself a favour and spend the extra pound or two on the little felt bag they sell. It is attractive and fuctional. It will keep a retractable cable, spare battery, a phone attachments and other small items safe and dry.