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Powertraveller Solargorilla 5V and 20V Solar Portable Charger


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  • Portable solar charger for charging laptops (up to 40Watts) directly
  • USB socket for charging electronic devices up to 5V (smartphones, iPods etc.)
  • Fully water resistant
  • Adaptors for most major laptop and mobile brands supplied
  • Rugged and lightweight build for outdoor use
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 20 x 1.9 cm ; 821 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
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  • Batteries 2 Lithium Metal batteries required.
  • Item model number: Solar Gorilla
  • ASIN: B001Q2H482
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 Jan 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,588 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Product Description

Product Description

Powertraveller Solargorilla Portable Charger:
Developed by an award-winning manufacturer, the solargorilla portable solar charger will charge laptops and netbooks up to 40 Watts and virtually any 5V electronic device directly from the sun.

5V and 20V output:
The solargorilla has two output ports – a 5V USB socket and a 20V DC socket. From the 5V USB socket you can charge your smaller devices such as smartphone, iPod, GPS, headlamp, etc., whilst the 20V DC socket can be used to charge laptops and netbooks.

To Work Out The Voltage Of Your Device:
If your device is charged via a USB socket – the maximum voltage of your device will be 5 Volts. For other products, the voltage your device requires can be found in either the user manual supplied with the device or on the AC mains charger. To work out the wattage of your laptop, please refer to the user guide supplied with your device.

Works With:
The solargorilla will work with most major laptop and netbook brands including Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Lenovo and virtually any 5V electronic device such as smartphones, iPods, GPS, handheld action cameras, Sat Navs, headlamps, torches, e-readers and more. Please note, to charge Apple devices you will require either a MagSafe cable or your white sync/charge cable supplied with your Apple product.

Perfect for Outdoor use:
The solargorilla is made from a tough, rubberised water-resistant casing and comes with a protective neoprene storage case featuring mesh pockets to store cables and adaptor tips, plus a handy Velcro strap to attach it to backpacks or tents. The photovoltaic solar panels are non-reflective and generate electric current when exposed to the sun’s rays, providing power for your devices.

Stylish and Compact Design:
A compact clam-shell design means the solargorilla is lightweight and portable. Weighing just 700g and measuring just 264 x 200 x 19mm when folded, the solargorilla is perfect for even the most space-conscious traveller.

Recharging the powergorilla:
The solargorilla was primarily designed as a solar charging option for the powergorilla portable laptop charger. When used in conjunction with the powergorilla you have a totally portable power station - perfect for when you're off the beaten track.

Who’s It Suitable For?
The solargorilla is ideally suited for those that are away from AC mains power but have access to good sunlight and wish to charge their “can’t live without” devices. Negating the need to carry batteries and being subjected to extremely hot and very cold temperatures, the solargorilla can successfully charged laptops up to 40W and power-hungry 5V devices. Please note: The solargorilla relies on the UV intensity of the sun. Therefore, at certain times of the year it may not be suitable for use in the Northern Hemisphere unless combined with the powergorilla.

Box Contains

  • 1 x solargorilla portable solar charger
  • 1 x USB charging cable
  • 1 x DC connection cable
  • 8 x laptop / netbook adaptor tips (see gallery image for types)
  • 8 x mobile device tips (see gallery image for types)
  • 1 x female car charger socket
  • 1 x Velcro strap
  • 1 x neoprene travel case
  • 1 x user guide

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    3.1 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Lovell on 27 Sep 2009
    The Solargorilla is well-designed and robust, and not so huge as to stop it being portable. It has a 5V USB output for phones/PDAs and a standard output for laptops. Although shipping with a bewildering array of adaptor tips, it was inevitably missing the one I needed for my Samsung R510 laptop. I had a quick email response from the company, and they posted the correct one (R73D) to me, gratis. The output power is not enough to run a laptop but it will extend the battery life if charging while in use - my laptop estimates from 4 to 6 hours though I have not confirmed this. However in the bright autumn sun it charged my phone in about an hour and I am writing this review outside with it plugged into the laptop. So it has some oomph.

    The main downside is that it works most effectively with both panels pointing directly at the sun so it has to be on its side fully opened, making it difficult to prop up. The intended alignment with one panel flat on the ground and the other aimed at the sun, like an open laptop, does not work so well. Don't even think about payback times for the small amount of electricity you will be generating, either. However, it will be very effective as an emergency charger or if you camp, sail, or otherwise spend a lot of time off-grid (typing in the garden sort of counts, too). I haven't yet tested it in overcast conditions because we haven't had any! I will have to look out for a way to charge camera batteries as well - unless the charger has a dc input this is not easy. Remember also that it has no battery of its own.

    In summary: a neat, compact and effective solar charger, most suited to outdoorsy types and maybe early adopter "greens".
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John C on 24 Aug 2012
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    I've used the Solar Gorilla for four months and thought it was time to share my experience.

    The Solar Gorilla was bought to charge several of my portable batteries. These batteries are then used to charge a multitude of low voltage devices (5V-12V) which, at the moment, seemed to be permanently plugged into the mains. This procedure may seem rather cumbersome, but many of these low voltage devices appear to be rather sensitive to the fluctuating output of a solar panel. Batteries, on the other hand, are not so fussy and can provide a stable charge to the low voltage devices without any problems. Clearly the cost effectiveness of this procedure does not enter into the equation. I just like the idea of running all those bits and pieces off "sunshine".

    The first problem that had to be overcome was the issue of the different charge requirements for all the different batteries (5V-18V). Most of the portable size solar panels only have one output voltage. The Solar Gorilla, although quiet expensive, does seem to cover my requirements. It provides 5V and a 20V variable output.

    To get the best out of the panel I strapped it to an old camera tripod and adjusted it to be at 90 degrees to the sun. I was pleasantly surprised to find that all the batteries were happy with the output. The 20V output seems to adjust itself to the best requirement of a battery. On a clear day the panel provided 300-500mA, depending on the voltage. On an average dull day it still provide a useful 100mA.

    To continuously get the maximum out of the panel the tripod had to be readjusted every hour to face the sun. Clearly that is not a practical solution. To resolve the issue I built a clockwork solar tracker on which I could mount the Solar Gorilla.
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    45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Sprent on 27 Mar 2009
    It surprises me that people aren't raving about this. It's small, thin, light well designed, with extensions for just about everything you could need it for. But most importantly, it seems to really work.

    Straight from the box today, I charged my laptop. This was towards sunset, when the sun was low, through glass, and without any consideration about optimal positioning. The results were fantastic. So I can't wait to see its potential over the next few weeks, in a good position, in strong sunlight.

    I guess I'm not saving the planet, but considering how many mp3 players/laptops/cameras, etc... that need charging, I think it could make a real difference with this panel.

    Because of its design, I think I should be able to rig some kind of semi-permanent set-up, but also take it away, to charge on the go. So the aim is to completely cut out mains electricity for these small appliances, which I think is feasible, with a little planning about how/when to charge (though this might mean buying the battery that goes with this panel, in order to store for night/cloudy periods.).

    So we'll just have to wait and see how it performs in winter... But, for now, couldn't be happier with this.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By luke on 30 April 2012
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    I would give this no stars if I could but amazon won't let me. It is useless. I live in Northern Portugal and as you might expect we get a lot of sun here. The solar panel is hopeless though. It doesn't charge or power laptops, it wouldn't charge my ipod and it barely charged my Nokia phone by 1 bar after a whole day in the sun. Furthermore, I bought it through a third party vender on Amazon and had a load of hassle about returning it. I think I get more power from the solar panel on my scientific calculator than this. Don't buy it.
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