The Solar Charger from RAVPower keeps you charged for any adventure.
A few years back, my brother decided to go on a little hike with a couple of his friends. The hike? The entire 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail that spans from Georgia up into Maine. They anticipated that the hike would take them approximately six months. They each had cell phones and my brother had a 160GB video iPod that was carefully secured within a miniature Pelican case. This was before external batteries were popular and they told us that they would have to charge their devices every few days when they came across a stopping point on the trail. Product developers of batteries have taken this type of trek into consideration when creating their new products and we are starting to see more solar powered charges enter the market.
I was more than excited to try out the 15W Foldable Solar Charger by RAVPower. We have a real interest in alternative charging solutions at MacSources and this solar charger was the first of its kind in our offices. To start, the Solar Charger is foldable and connects to itself using a very strong velcro strip. I have no doubt in my mind that the panels would remain folded as long as the velcro was intact and attached to itself. It is fairly lightweight only totaling 1.5 pounds and very portable being the size of a piece of paper when folded up.
There are three solar panels that can be pointed towards the sun to transfer power to whatever is plugged in. The Solar Charger uses iSmart Technology, which automatically matches the maximum charging current to the device that is plugged in. This way, your charging time is minimized. The charger is capable of charging 15W items, which means you can get your iPad charged, too.
Aside from it folding up into a nice, neat package, the Solar Charger also has four eyeholes for hanging purposes. RAVPower includes 4 carribeaners so that you can easily hang up the charger if you are in a place where you need to charge and hanging it up is the best option. You can even use these features to attach the solar charger to your pack, tent or to trees.
Another thing that’s great about the Solar Charger is that it’s water and weather resistant. The solar panels are made from industrial grade PET plastic. Those panels are bound together with heavy, polyester canvas. This makes it durable enough to make it through almost any adventure.
After I unpackaged the Solar Charger there was no doubt in my mind that this was a tough product. The only question in my mind was,”How well does it charge?” To test the charging capabilities of the charger, I hung it up in my living room where it was catching the sun through our sliding glass door. I plugged in my iPhone’s extra battery pack, which pulls the same amount of charge as the iPhone itself. I connected the batter pack and left it alone for a few hours.
After about 3 hours, I came back to check on the battery pack and found that it was charging and had gained about 30% of it’s charge during that time. On this particular, day, the sky was overcast, so I was getting indirect sunlight to the Solar Charger. The labels on the charger state that the charger will still charge devices even when it’s overcast or cloudy, but it won’t be as effective. I believe that is what happened in this case. It did charge my battery pack, but not as efficiently as if it had been direct sunlight.
I really enjoy this handy, innovative charging device. It’s portable enough to take with you on adventures for a way to keep your devices charged and effective enough to keep you well-powered. If this had been available at the time that my brother took his hike, I believe that it would have been worth the 1.5 pounds of weight in his pack.
The RAVPower Solar Charger has an MSRP of $99.99.
For more information, visit ravpower.com/15w-foldable-solar-charger.