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Rooster198

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Rooster198 says:

Solar chargers for mobile phones

I'm thinking of doing an experimental 2-3 day walk to see if I like it enough to invest in decent equipment. I want to take my iphone 3GS for memorymap and entertainment but the battery life is poor. There are solar charges available from Pico but I need to know if they are any good. does anyone have any experience of them?

 
GrahamThompson

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Re: Solar chargers for mobile phones

Rooster198 said:

I'm thinking of doing an experimental 2-3 day walk to see if I like it enough to invest in decent equipment. I want to take my iphone 3GS for memorymap and entertainment but the battery life is poor. There are solar charges available from Pico but I need to know if they are any good. does anyone have any experience of them?


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if you get lots of sun they work ok but you need to make sure there is enough sun. On cloudy days their efficiency drops by half.  There are some reviews of solar panels on the link below.

www.livefortheoutdoors.com/Gear-Reviews/Search-Results/Accessories/Freeloader-Pico-2010-solar-panel/

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chris.h

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chris.h says:

Re: Solar chargers for mobile phones

I got a Pico when I renewed my sub to Trail. It's a toy basically. It will recharge my phone, but then needs at least a full day of bright sunshine to recharge itself. If I were to take it for a long trip it would need to be fixed securely to my rucksack lid. I would forget it's there, and the instructions specifically state it can't cope with any rain and it's pretty fragile. There are more effective solar chargers available, but for me, by the time I've taken weight, space and my power needs into account, by far the best solution is a pocketful of spare batteries, and make sure my electrical stuff is all happy with AA and AAA batteries - e.g. I know my GPS will give me two full mountain days from 2 rechargeable NiMH batts. Having said that, looking at some of the recent developments, I guess in another two or three years solar power may be an option for someone hiking for less than, say, a couple of weeks.

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woods614

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woods614 says:

Re: Solar chargers for mobile phones

I'v found the power monkey to be a good piece of kit.

alilever

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alilever says:

Re: Solar chargers for mobile phones

powermonkey explorer is best on market and can be bought for £42 at amazon

Mountaineer204

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Re: Solar chargers for mobile phones

alilever said:

powermonkey explorer is best on market and can be bought for £42 at amazon

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Agreed, Powermonkey Explorer, 'nuf said. It's a great piece of kit and has the ability to be strapped to the top of a rucksack so you can charge while you move.

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