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I want to love this device, but it's not quite perfect.
on 17 February 2013
In itself, this device is extremely good quality and has no obvious faults... but as a package it could be better, it really does need a bag/case to store it safely.
The solar panel is a bit of a gimmick, but one which I appreciate and it will light up and charge from solar in surprisingly dull weather (although don't expect much extra charge!)... in theory it can provide enough in reasonable sunlight to keep one phone powered indefinitely, but if that was my goal I'd take a larger folding solar panel as well to charge this device in a shorter time.
The reason I give this less than 5 stars is that the charge level is not indicated during charging, which can be a little awkward, you can get some idea if you turn it on during charging, but it displays 4 bars before it is completed (charging appears to be complete when all 4 lights are on permanently). I would like a case, at least a drawstring bag or some thing to keep the battery together with it's adaptors, and it does not come with a charger but this is OK now that the price has been reduced. Also, the button protrudes so I would recommend a hard case to be sure that it did not get turned on/off accidentally.
Since it has a solar panel, it would be nice if it had some way to attach to the outside of a pack to make use of the panel on the move.
There is one unique feature among the small external 5v supplies I have tested which is that it will charge from the USB input while still providing output... what I would describe as UPS mode, which could be useful if you were using it with a larger external solar panel, or in other situations...
Overall, this is a compromise, it's battery is a little smaller than some alternatives, it's solar panel is as big as it could be, but still too small to make a big difference to the power, it's ergonomics are not the best... and it comes with no case etc. I cannot give it 5 stars, but all that said, it's very nicely made and I love it.... even tho I have a couple of other USB battery packs which are better on paper, and I now have 2 of these.