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Don't expect miracles from the solar aspect and you're good to go!
on 29 May 2014
The Poweradd Apollo is a 7200mAh solar powerbank which can be charged in the normal way or via the sun which means it is free power!
In the box you get -
- The 7200mAh powerbank which is 5.7 x 3.3 inches
- A coiled 12 inch power cable which takes all the below adapters
- A selection of adapters for all your digital devices. 30 pin Apple plug, Micro USB plug, Mini USB plug, Old style single pin plug
- A carabiner to attach the powerbank to your rucksack or such
- Instruction manual
Poweradd provide a one year warranty as standard.
The powerbank itself is well built and has an orange rubber coated bumper most of the way around it for protection as this is an outdoor item. The front is all solar panel and it has four blue LED power indicators lus an on/off power button. There's also a lanyard hole for the carabiner to fit through. On the top edge you have a USB and Micro USB port. The output of this charger is 1amp.
This item is not water resistant or waterproofed!
The powerbank takes around 8 hours to fully charge up from the mains electricity so all four indication LEDs are lit.
You can now take this out to charge up your digital devices on the go! It works spot on in doing this, no problem.
How does the solar aspect of it stand up?
Starting from flat I left it in my garden facing south for one day. It was a nice bright sunny day in Liverpool at the beginning of this week. After around ten hours of charging via it's solar panel one LED light was showing. So after ten hours or one days worth of sun it had taken on around 20% (1440mAh) power. So you're talking approx 5 days to fully charge this powerbank up by solar power. Remember the 'input' of this is only 180mAh so it will takes days to fully charge.
So yes it does work albeit slowly.
If I was taking this out I would ensure my devices and this powerbank were already fully charged. You would have to continuously leave this in sunlight to ensure there is charge on it. In the back window of your car or on a window ledge at home would be best.
This wouldn't be your primary charging source but definitely an emergency backup source of power.
This powerbank was kindly sent to me for review by the manufacturers.