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  • Shopping for a Solar Cell Phone Charger

    Posted on July 4th, 2017 admin 1 comment

    When we went on a recent bike trip (I’m not sure if I should call it bikepacking or touring), my cell phone went dead.  The trip host had a little solar charger mounted on his gear that kept his phone going for the whole trip.  I decided that looked useful and went online to find one.

    I buy a lot of this kind of stuff at banggood.com, one of the many Chinese online stores.  The have an amazing number of such chargers.   A spreadsheet is a good way to handle product research.

    Item # Description Length Width Thick mAh Mass (g) Flashlight Notes Price Shipping
    1124246 Solar Waterproof Portable Charger Dual USB Battery Power Bank 16 6,5 1,5 8000 6 @ 1 mm square Charging Lights, Carabiner $21.64 Free
    1106656 Dual USB Solar External Power Bank Battery Charger Pack For iPhone 7 Plus Xiaomi Smartphone 12 7.5 2 8000 single LED charge indicator; no mounting method $18.94 Free
    1014154 Universal 8000mAh Battery Solar Outdoor Travel Charger Level Indicator DC 5V 2A Power Bank 14.4 7.4 1.8 8000 12 LED - 2.4W Charge lights. Handle at top to secure. Anti-water, anti-shock, dustproof . Many bad reviews (82% positive) $17.58 Free
    1116234 Solar Climbing Clasp External DuaL USB Charger Power Bank For iPhone 7 Xiaomi Samsung 16 7.5 1.5 8000 Single LED with diffuser Includes carabiner. Image shows it wet, implies waterproof $21.64 Free
    999107 Solar Charger 8000mAh Dual USB Port Power Indicator Light Power Bank for Cellphone 19.5 11.4 3.3 8000 260 Single LED Funny “handle” on top. HUGE unit. Anti-shock/drop/water/dust $23.27 Free
    1111247 8000mAh Solar Power Bank Dual USB Battery Charger Set For Mobile Phone 13.5 6.8 1.8 8000 Single LED with diffuser Compass caribiner and belt clip. $20.29 Free

    I had also checked these out at Atmosphere, where they cost $90 CAD and more.   This made the prices online look very attractive.

    http://www.noahscave.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Tollcuudda-Waterproof-10000Mah-Solar-Power-Bank-Solar-Charger-Dual-USB-Power-Bank-with-LED-Light-for.jpg-2.jpg

    A typical portable solar charger, $66 USD at Noahs Cave.com

    In the end, I decided to order from amazon.ca at $28, thinking that at least some of my money would stay in Canada.  The price was a little higher than at banggood for what appears to be an identical unit, but Amazon promised a 1-week delivery compared to the typical three weeks from bangood.com.

    Guess what:  the unit I ordered just shipped from China.  It will arrive in about three weeks.

     

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    • And it turned out to be a total piece of crap. It charged my phone 2 times, and halfway the third time, but did NOT recharge itself during an entire day of bright sun. In fact, it went from 2 LEDs to 1 LED during that time.
      It was so bad that I suspected that the “solar panel” in front was a fake. When I got home I disassembled the unit and found that it was real and generated 6.03V in bright sunlight (didn’t measure the open amperage)… Need to make more tests, but not happy with it.


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