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on 24 August 2010
I think that I must have bought this primarily for the gimmick of having something different in the world of I-phones that we currently live in, but also because of the claim of 11 minutes sunshine giving you 3 minutes of talk-time.
I have had this for 2 months now and a few weeks ago I lost my charger while I was away, meaning that for about 4 days I had no means of charging my phone apart from the glorious sunshine that Wales produces (mainly overcast with the odd sunny spell). Once it got to the low battery warning, if it was by the window in daylight (not just direct sunlight) I found that this was enough to keep it ticking over. I managed to keep it going for 4 days by keeping it by a window during the day and switching it off in in the night.
Obviously, this would not have been enough of a charge to make long calls, browse the internet or play music, etc. But for sending and receiving a few text messages and accessing my list of contacts this was more than enough. For this reason, I believe this is an excellent idea, that works to a good enough standard for "emergency" purposes.
The product itself just consists of a back cover that increases the width of your phone by about 5mm. This is very easy to install (just clip it on), but it has a tendency to come off very easily if you drop your phone.
The only other thing to mention is that I found that I was more mindful of how often I was charging the phone - not just plugging it in overnight. So this can only be a good thing.