Solar Charger

#1
I've been looking for some time now at getting a solar charger, preferably something <£20. I don't want to break the bank!
I just want something that charges my ipod/ phone/ gizmo whatever, not some sort of solar charger that can power a small eco car and Bruce Lee. And maybe Chuck Norris. And Rambo. Not forgetting the Terminator. All at once.
If anyone knows if such a thing exists please relieve me of my long torture.

Cheers
 
#2
Have a look on Amazon they have some good deals on at the moment, I had a Powerbee charger which was good until I dropped it and my phone in a bucket of diesel.
 
#3
I really wouldn't bother. They're quite pricey for the good ones, and tbh the lads who bought them didn't think much of them on tour.

Just one opinion though, some may think they're the dogs wotsits.
 
#5
I really wouldn't bother. They're quite pricey for the good ones, and tbh the lads who bought them didn't think much of them on tour.

Just one opinion though, some may think they're the dogs wotsits.
In some ways have to agree, as a bit of a back-up it was good.
Obvious problem I found, as I was using/carrying the phone during the day it was never plugged into the charger, when the time came that I could charge it, it was dark nuff said.
 
#7
Lithium battery packs look to be the way ahead. Guaranteed to work.
 
#8
Small solar is really not worth it. Have a look on EBay for external USB batteries instead. They usually have something like a large mobile phone battery inside and you should be able to get a 2000mA one for under £20 now. They usually have mini USB for charging up and 2 x USB for charging your gadgets. So, for something the size of a large mobile phone, and a lot lighter, you'll have a couple of phone charges that isn't reliant on you having sunshine.
 
#10
Agree with the battery option. If you're serving then all the more reason to go for it. Free batteries from the man from Q and M.
 
#11
Clas Ohlsen do a solar charger-Oyama brand, goes for about £20. Weighs next to nothing, about same dimensions as a large smart phone. It comes with about 10 adaptors for ipod/phone, usb's, nokia etc and can also be charged via a flip down built in usb charger. It's not mega hard core, but my supplier is EDF so every penny not going to them ******* is worth it.
 
#13
Im looking for a solar phone charger, in the last year since this thread started has anyone got anything to add ?
Are solar phone chargers still pump ? Will I waste £20 on one only to find Im having to steal power from an LFG later on ?
 

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#14
solar chargers are very hit and miss as the sunlight varies and those with battery packs fail frequently.

I've been looking at peltiers and making a charger which works while making a brew.
 
#16
i always carry the power monkey traveller set and it seems ok so far
+1 for a Powermonkey. I used one while offshore very recently in the Med & having no mains or gennie power on the boat. Worked a treat to keep a smartphone topped up. Little pricey @ £40 but comes with a mass of adapters to suit all types (except new Iphone5 at the mo). Used it on phone, ipod, travel fans etc. Good little gadget.
 
#17
get a solar charger that charges the battery pack, then you plug into phone when complete, ie. batteries to phone. Then you can leave the solar in the light all day without exposing your phone to elements/envoius eyes. better to get a few chargers
 
#19
#20
I have just bought one of these from ebay. The weather hasn't been good enough to charge it using the solar, but I've used it a few times by charging from the mains and using it to charge my phone - fully charged, it charges an Iphone at least 3 times, and assuming the solar works as well, it would come in handy if you were away from power for a few days.
Im going for one of these, if its not a good solar charger then I'll have time to send it back.
 
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