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NOCO BLSOLAR5 Solar Battery Charger

by NOCO
4.4 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

Price: £37.98
Usually dispatched within 3 to 4 days.
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  • Charging Current - 410mA
  • Battery Chemistires - Wet, Gel, MF & AGM
  • Power - 5W (Max)
  • Battery Capacities - 1.2-20Ah, Maintains All Battery Sizes
  • Housing Protection - IP65
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandNOCO
Item Weight1.3 Kg
Product Dimensions38.9 x 1.5 x 38.9 cm
Item model numberBLSOLAR5
Manufacturer Part NumberBLSOLAR5
Item Weight1.3 Kilograms
  
Additional Information
ASINB00B7GC518
Best Sellers Rank 278,460 in Car & Motorbike (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.1 Kg
Date First Available4 Dec. 2013
  
 

Product Description

Product Description

The BLSOLAR5 is a 5W Ultra Low Profile Thin Film Solar Battery Charger and Maintainer. The BLSOLAR5 is best for maintaining 12V batteries found on your Motorcycle, ATV, Boat, RV, Tractor, Lawn Mower or Snowmobile. Suitable for maintaining all types of lead-acid batteries, such as, Wet, Gel, MF and AGM. The BLSOLAR5 is completely weatherproof, and can be used outdoors. Provides up to 410mA (.41A) charging current, and protects against accidental reverse battery drain. Its Thin Film Technology allows for optimal performance in low-light, cloudy and overcast conditions.


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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Solar power is an uncertain thing, especially if you live in the UK where sun and rain and snow appear, it seems, pretty much at random. No solar panel can be relied upon to give consistent output in our variable climate.

That said, in full May afternoon sunlight, this charger easily lives up to its manufacturer's claims - I've measured 430 mA at 13 V, which is nearly five and half watts, compared with the spec of five watts.

However, four hundred milliamps is only a tenth of what a mains-powered charger will supply, so this solar charger is more suitable for battery maintenance than serious recharging. But for applications like leisure batteries in caravans or boats, or keeping a battery charged up for lighting a shed, or maintaining the battery in a car that's only used at weekends this charger appears to be ideal. Its environmental rating is IP 65, so it's dust-tight and rainproof.

Recommended, especially at the current Amazon price of just under £25.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Even indoors on a dull day this was generating a voltage well over 12v. The question is about its usefulness for charging car batteries: I am not interested in charging any other sort. Clearly you would not want to leave the bonnet open and car outside, so the croc clips are only of use for a spare battery. A second way I fear is a non-starter(!) for most if not all cars: charging via an aux or cigarette lighter socket. These are generally dead and disconnected when the car is locked, being on the ignition circuit and not that which feeds to sidelights. So, only a third method remains: buy a NOCO connector that plugs into the OBDII diagnostic connector, usually found just above the pedals in modern cars. This involves a further expense, since it is not supplied with this.

So, if you are buying this for a car, think again.
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i received this product free to review.

As others have pointed out in reviews, this solar panelled charger is a trickle charger and does not give the same high level zap as chargers designed to revive dead car batteries from scratch in the shortest time possible.

That aside, it still does give remarkably good results for those needing a low-level charge. The solar panel is surprisingly large, which is quite reassuring, and on a sunny day will get up a decent charge -roughly a tenth of that of a full power battery charger. The need for a sunny day may put off some users but if you would like to be a little greener in your energy use, this is a way of extending the use of solar power within the home. Surprisingly well-priced too, which isn't always the case with 'green' products.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Very competitively priced Solar Battery Charger that does do exactly what it says in the description.

I was very impressed on opening the box- this is a solid and heavy unit that in fact is attractively designed in appearance.

I have so far used it to charge a motorcycle battery, which it has done very well, but there are multiple uses. Be warned however that its uses are limited only to those types of batteries described above.

The main concern is, as others have suggested, the unreliability of sunshine in the UK. But the product can hardly be faulted for that.

And, being heavy and with its pane of glass, quite fragile...there is an issue with storage. I would recommend you keep the box.

Recommended.
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By Mike J VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2014
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I’ve had the pleasure of seeing four battery chargers from the NOCO range (7.2A, 3.5A, 1.1A and Solar versions), and I was very impressed with the product quality throughout. Even the supplied cables were a step above what I had expected. I’ve been an electrical design engineer for over 20 years, so I feel well placed to judge.

They are easy to use, but I do recommend reading the small manual front to back before using them. If you need more info, their website is also very good, with lots of extra technical explanation of things.

However, I have had mixed and unexpected results, so I’m not entirely certain that one of these changers would get me out of trouble if I needed it.

For example, one morning went to the car, the battery was very low (10V) and wouldn’t turn the starter motor over, the battery was old so I was expecting it at some point. Took the battery out, connected it to the 7.2A charger and turned on. It immediately shot up to 75% charged and within 10min, was at 100% charged and began to trickle charge above 12.6V. The trickle was cutting in and out every minute or so as the battery couldn’t hold the no load voltage. After disconnecting the charger, the battery dropped below 12V in minutes, clearly something wrong, so I bought a new battery. But why did the charger report 100% when the battery was no good?

We use 12V SLA batteries at work and had a few used ones lying about, so I tried some of those. Connected one which was at 12.5V, and the charger kept clicking, same happened with the 3.5A charger. Tried one which was at 7V, and it seemed to charge ok, although the surface temp of the charger got to 60 deg.C which seemed high, but it was sat delivering a constant 7.5 Amps DC; in my opinion too high for the battery I connected.
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