Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme 5V and 12V Solar Portable Charger - Yellow
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- Fully waterproof and rugged built solar powered charger
- Charge an iPhone or smartphone up to 6 times (using sync/charge cable supplied by Apple)
- Standard USB and 12V DC port output built in
- Simultaneously charge 5V and 12V devices
- Lightweight and compact for portability
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1 x 9000mAh lithium polymer battery unit
1 x high performance solar panel
1 x USB charging cable
1 x DC connection cable
1 x DC connector tip “L53D”
8 x mobile device tips (see gallery image for types)
1 x female car charger socket
1 x Velcro strap
1 x International AC mains charger for UK, USA, Europe & AUS
1 x zipped travel case
1 x tip storage pouch
1 x user guide
From the manufacturer
Powertraveller Ltd design, develop and manufacture an award-winning range of portable chargers for electronic devices. Designed in the UK and tested to destruction in some of the world’s most inhospitable environments, the products in Powertraveller’s range are capable of charging anything from smartphones (including iPhone and BlackBerry), iPods, headlamps and torches through to GPS systems, iPads and laptops.
Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme 5V and 12V Solar Portable Charger
Developed by an award-winning manufacturer, the Powermonkey Extreme portable solar charger will charge both 5V and 12V electronic devices. Housed in a durable shell, the Extreme offers on-the-go power enabling you to recharge your smartphone, tablet or camera.
Featuring a powerful battery that can be recharged in a variety of ways with the included mains charger, solar panel or USB cable, you can make sure your devices are topped up while out and about. With a compact and portable design, the Powermonkey Extreme is an essential accessory for anybody heading out on an adventure.
Perfect for Outdoor use
Powertraveller’s Powermonkey Extreme has an IP67 rating meaning it is waterproof for 30 minutes up to 1 metre. It also features a shock-resistant design meaning it can take the knocks and spills of any expedition. Its unique one-touch friction swipe on/off switch can be used whilst wearing gloves, perfect if you’re outdoors. Using the included Velcro strap you can attach the solar panel to virtually anything so your adventure doesn’t have to stop while the Extreme is recharging.
9000mAh Lithium Polymer Battery
Powertraveller’s Powermonkey Extreme houses a massive 9000mAh lithium polymer battery which is capable of fully charging an iPhone or smartphone up to six times. It can also recharge your other portable gadgets such as an iPad or Tablet up to two times and most SLR camera batteries twice. It is compatible with virtually any 5V or 12V devices including head lamps, handheld action cameras and more. If your device is charged via a USB socket, the maximum voltage of your device will be 5 Volts. The battery itself can be recharged either via the included universal mains charger, solar panel or via USB.
Agile Solar Panel
The included solar panel will charge the Powermonkey Extreme battery unit in 18-22 hours in optimum light conditions. Featuring a USB output, the solar panel can also be used to directly charge 5V gadgets with the cable they come with, including Apple products, mobile phones and handheld GPS systems. You can even continue to charge your gadgets with the Extreme whilst it’s being charged by the solar panel. Its folding, clam-shell design means that the solar panel takes up little space and it can be attached to backpacks, tents, etc via the included Velcro strap to make the most of the light.
Lightweight and Compact Design
The powermonkey extreme (battery unit and solar panel combined) weighs just 456g and everything fits into the included premium travel case which measures just 180 x 100 x 55mm. When the solar panel is folded it measures 170 x 91 x 18mm and the battery unit just 155 x 60 x 28mm - perfect for even the most space-conscious traveller.
5V USB and 12V DC Output Sockets
The Powermonkey Extreme features two output ports – a 5V USB socket and a 12V DC socket. From the 5V USB socket you can charge your smaller devices such as smartphones, iPods, GPS, head lamps, etc., whilst the 12V DC socket can be used to charge SLR camera batteries (when used in conjunction with the included female in-car socket), portable DVD players and much more. You can even charge 5V and 12V devices simultaneously thus saving time.
Who’s It Suitable For?
If you spend time off the beaten track or on the move but can’t live without your smartphone, tablet, GPS or other 5V or 12V electronic device, the Powermonkey Extreme is an essential item for your kit bag. Built to withstand even the toughest conditions, it will perform flawlessly time and time again. Weekend camper, jet-setter, adventure traveller or just a gadget-junkie, Powertraveller’s Powermonkey Extreme gives your devices the power to keep on going when off the grid.
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An extremely robust panel and intelligent storage battery complete with a great carrying case and all manner of accessories - this goes on every holiday with us and although the panel is small compared to other solar panels we have it does a sterling job of converting the light to power.
The 5v/12v version is reasonably expensive but I feel that is justified by the quality, compact size and reliability. The remaining charge on the battery is very clear as it is expressed as a percentage on the LCD display which is turned on with a simple finger swipe and that is way better then many storage packs which either have nothing or a few small lights.
Stored power lasts ages too which is a major bonus as it can be weeks between good charging days in rainy old England.
The ONLY viable way to charge a modern smart phone/tablet off this product is to do it off the included battery pack.
If you accept the limitations of solar charging in the UK and regard being able to charge stuff in the few remote places still left in the UK as a bonus when the sun is shining, then I'm sure you won't be disappointed, but it is only a bonus. As for this product to be a genuine alternative to carrying more battery packs you will basically need a clear sky with no cloud cover at all, get that sort of weather and it will charge a low power smart phone, directly from the solar panel, to 100% capacity, in about 4hrs but only a low power, budget type phone. All you Samsung & Apple phone users can forget it.
It's for this reason that I keep two phones on me, a fully charged modern smart phone for internet access, and an old budget one that I know will be chargeable off the solar panel most of the time, even in the UK climate.
Modern smart phones, especially those that have the newer Type C USB connection need more electricity to charge than this solar panel can provide in anything but perfect, sunny weather, if cloud cover interrupts charging then you will need to unplug it and reinsert it for the phone to detect it and start charging again, not much use if a clouds come along every few minutes..right?
The solar panel will trickle charge the battery pack in most conditions though, at peak output in ideal conditions, the solar panel can charge the battery pack at roughly 300mAh an hour, so your looking at a charge time of 30-40hrs for a full 100% charge! I wouldn't like to guess how long it would take in typical UK weather, so ideally you'll aim to keep the battery at 50-60% at all times and top it up as necessary.
Keep that battery charged though and it will charge anything you throw at it. The battery is rated with a 9000mAh capacity, though only about 6000mAh of that is actually usable, which is enough to charge a modern smart phone twice or a large tablet one and a half times.
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