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Superbly built, endless uses,
This review is from: Powertraveller minigorilla Multi-Voltage Portable Charger (Sports)
I bought this specifically to pair it with a PowerTraveller Solar Gorilla Power Device for when out hiking and camping in "the wild". This really is a versatile device. The company, PowerTraveller also sell a Canon LP-E6 battery charger that you can plug into it (which I ordered from their website). For my needs here's what I need it to do when I'm out hiking / camping:
- Charge my Canon LP-E6 camera batteries
- Charge my iPhone
- Charge my 11" MacBook Air
All of which it can do with no problem. For the MacBook Air bit you'll either need to buy a Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and a 12v socket to plug into the MiniGorilla, or do what I did and chop up an old MagSafe lead and stick a plug on the end which you can buy from Maplin. That way you can plug it straight into the MiniGorilla.
IMPORTANT: Don't RUN your MacBook Air directly from the MiniGorilla, instead turn it off and charge it instead. What I do is charge it overnight when I'm not using it so that my MBA is ready for the day / evening then charge the MiniGorilla in the day time with the SolarGorilla. Once you're in that cycle you'll never get a flat battery as you can even charge the MiniGorilla when walking by strapping the SolarGorilla to the back of your backpack via the top strap slot. Then once you make camp, point the SolarGorilla to the best angle towards the sun for maximum effect. You can charge a flat MiniGorilla in a day with the SolarGorilla. The company reckons 6 hours but that must be in the sunniest of days, but even in the UK you can get 14 hours of sunlight (albeit grey!) which is enough to charge it.
The MiniGorilla comes with a plethora of connectors to charge pretty much everything apart from a Mac (as Apple don't allow 3rd parties to make their own MagSafe connectors), including an iPhone or iPad as you just plug your own iPhone charging lead into the USB socket of the MiniGorilla.
In summary, if you have a 11" MacBook Air and are going travelling, save your money and weight and get the MiniGorilla instead of the PowerTraveller Power Gorilla Portable Power Device as that's so much heavier and overkill for the low-power 11" MBA.
The unit is well built and comes with a neoprene protective case too. A quality product.
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Initial post: 8 Oct 2013 08:04:56 BDT
K. Munro says:
The Apple Magsafe airline adaptor is no longer available, however if you ask Powertraveller how to connect the mini Gorilla or Power Gorilla to an apple macbook they can send a new tip that has a magsafe 1 tip.
Ask via the support section of their website, excellent service.
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