23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Ashame...it really didn't live up to expectations,
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This review is from: PowerBee ® Explorer Pro solar phone charger pack for nearly all UK mobile phones, iPhone 2G 3G 3s 4, Ipods, PSP's, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, Tom Tom, mp3 players, and nearly all handhelds in the UK (Electronics)
I bought this item to power my Samsung Galaxy S2 whilst touring France on my bike. I bought this as I would be camping and I needed my phone for navigation as well as to make calls.
The first time I used the charger it worked reasonably well. I had pre-charged it using the USB connection prior to my trip and my first night-time charge managed to charge my battery to 67%. Not exactly the 100% I had hoped for, but the battery had been less than 10% prior the charge and I was grateful to have it back to a sufficient level. Reasoning that if I could gain this amount of charge each time I used it, then it would still be a worthwhile investment.
Two days later I used the charger again. I had made sure the LED lights read that the solar charger was fully charged prior to plugging it into my phone that night. I had 20% when I went to bed, when I woke up I had 4%! I had thankfully brought a spare pre-charged phone battery and put that in my phone instead.
The next day, I again charged my solar charger via the provided power panel, attaching it to my bike pannier whilst cycling. I did this for two days and waited till the LEDs to show it had a full charge. Rather than going to bed whilst charging, this time I decided to plug my phone in earlier that evening and watch to see if I could see what went wrong last time. Within a minute I was able to see the problem, my phone stated "Voltage too high" prior to disconnecting itself. Meaning the last time I had charged it, the phone had probably disconnected itself and continued discharging the battery throughout the night.
I then made sure I had the charger on the right voltage setting, and tried again. I did this several times over the next couple of days and each time my phone stated "voltage too high" prior to disconnecting itself from the charger. Being in camp-sites I had plenty of times to re-read my instructions (I took them just in case) and made every effort to ensure I was doing things correctly. However, my phone just refused to work with the charger. Now, this was disappointing, but it doesn't merit a 1 star review. The Powerbee blurb had mentioned that it may not work with all handsets, so perhaps not the Samsung S2.
It's the next part of the story that brings my review down to one star. With the charger not working I safely packed away both the charger and power panel in my front pannier bag on day 7 (with other light-weight items i.e clothing). Opening the bag that evening to get some clothing, I noticed the USB port on the power panel had broken off. Again, even more disappointed in the quality of this product, but it may have been my fault and was willing to resolve this when I returned home to England.
When I returned I contacted Powerbee and informed them the USB had snapped off (I didn't inform about the phone not charging as I was willing to concede the charger may not work with all handsets). I received a nice email back saying if I phoned them up they reckoned they could help. Pleased at their response, I called the next day and informed them of the problem, stating the braking may have been my fault and I just wanted to send it back to be fixed. The gentleman on the other end of the phone was very nice but I wasn't expecting his response. He asked me if I had a soldering iron, prior to saying that if I did, I probably would have as much chance of fixing it as he would! When politely pushed further, the bottom line was that Powerbee wont take things back for repair and the best they could do was give me a discount, if I were to purchase the product a second time.
So to cut a long story short, would I buy this product again...No. Would I buy from this manufacturer again...NO. It may seem harsh, but I feel I've spent £50 for something that is now held together by electrical tape and of no real use. Hence, my 1 star review.