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4.0 out of 5 stars I got sunshine, 1 Aug 2013
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Bought this back in 2009 along with a Power Gorilla, together they mean that I am never without power. It's a great solar panel, portable, durable and will charge off some fairly dull skies. However I wouldn't want to rely on this this without the Power Gorilla, particularly in this age of mahoosive smart phones. If I am travelling I tend to use the Solar Gorilla to charge the Power Gorilla during the day and then use the Power Gorilla to charge my phone over night. Sometimes there isn't enough power to charge the phone directly from the solar panel even when the phone indicated that it is charging. If you're going to rely on this while travelling, before you go, experiment with having your phone on or off to charge it and see what works best. In really good sunshine you should be able to run a laptop from this, but if you're off on a British camping holiday don't expect miracles, but get to know it and it will serve you well.
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Initial post: 11 Sep 2013 19:40:03 BDT
Geert_KLW says:
hi Peter, We can read that the solar power unit is rated 10 Watt. That is by no means enough to run your laptop from, as you state. Of course the built in battery of 500 mAh may have your laptop running for a little while. Or ... do I read the specs wrongly?
Regards, Geert

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2013 14:09:30 BDT
Pete Brazier says:
Hi Geert_KLW, not sure where you read the 10 watt rating. I can't find any reference to it myself. The power rating given on the back of the battery itself is stated as 1.5~4A. If we are to assume that the highest voltage setting of 24v corresponds with the lowest amp rating then that would mean an output of 36 watts. The lowest non USB voltage setting is 8v which linked to the 4A would give you 32 watts. There are subtle differences in how laptops will behave with external batteries where the power rating is a little low. I have a very power thirsty HP Pavillion DV6 - the power gorilla will happily run the laptop for a few hours, but it won't tend to charge the laptop's battery at the same time. Hope that helps.
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