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PostSubject: Solar USB Charger?   Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:33 pm

Has anybody come across a decent solar USB charger that I can use to charge the phones while we are away camping.

The iPhone battery isn't the best so it would be nice to get a top up while away.

Any ideas anyone? Question

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:07 pm

have a look on maplins website as i got a catologue through today with some on it.
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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:40 pm

Thanks Baydreamer, I've just had a look and spotted this one.

It looks like it has good reviews so I will give one a go!

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:26 pm

We ought to get a discount at Maplins the amount of kit we get from them!

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:34 pm

Laughing

My girlfriend always goes on about Maplins. In all honesty though, I think this will be my first purchase from them affraid

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:42 pm

Wow you have a gf that goes on about Maplins?!! She must be 1 in a Kerchillion. Result!

My ex would have thought they were some sort of cartographers.

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:53 pm

Laughing

I'll tell her you said that.

If you want to know a bigger secret, she bought the camper before she knew me. We've been living together for over 5 years though so I'm claiming it as mine now Laughing

So she set me down the route of the BraziBay and Maplins Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:01 pm

she's a keeper

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:04 pm

We're the better for her doing so. Basketball

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:07 pm

Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:12 pm

Well I went and bought one today and I have to say it looks like an impressive bit of kit.



I've done the first charge on my laptop, and the charger is now charging the iPhone with no problems.

Hopefully I'll get a bit of sun tomorrow to see if the 'solar' bit works.

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:18 am

Looks neat.

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:58 am

Looks good. Does this work by charging its own battery - that then charges the I phone?
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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:37 pm

ive noticed a large solar power slab on offer for £49 in maplins that might be useful for some to place on the back seat whilst camping etc or on your drive?
might be worth a look.... it appears to have crodile leads from the poster advertising it.
the reason i pick these up is that i stop at the lights every morning and read the lastest posters on the shopfront!!! hahahaha
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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:05 pm

As Jason suggests, some solar chargers have a built-in battery which they charge, and then use that to charge your phone/whatever.

The advantage is that they can then charge your phone at night while you're not using it.
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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:54 pm

You've got it spot on Jason. It charges it's own battery so you can charge the phone whenever.

I'm still impressed with this so far, although the real test will come in a few weeks.

You can charge the battery of the solar charger through USB on your computer before you leave so you can have at least one good charge even if the weather is pants Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:48 pm

Well now I've used this for a while I can officially confirm its pants! Laughing

Its good to get a full charge after you've stuck it on the laptop but the solar side of it is a bit poor. I had it out for a full day in strong sunshine (behind glass is not the best I know) and got about 3 minutes charge.



Ahh well Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:52 pm

Our survey said .... No

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:58 pm

I think to get anything worth while you need to spend a bit of money, when it comes to solar technology, you get what you pay for. Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Solar USB Charger?   Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:24 pm

I certainly agree Kiteman, you do normally get what you pay for with cheap tech.

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