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5.0 out of 5 stars PowerTraveller Explorer, 17 July 2009
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I was a little dubious about this charger after reading some unfavourable reviews but since there were many positive ones and a UK presence for backup I went ahead. Very well made and rugged with most common adaptors supplied, with others available from Powertraveller. Charges my Nokia phone and DS Lite, no problem. Using the solar charger to recharge the powermonkey rated at 2200mAh it still charges on a sunny indoor windowsill, albeit slowly, but performs much better outside on a sunny or even a cloudy day. Manufacturers claims for charging rates are pretty much correct. If you are going where there is no power (ie moderate populated camping sites)then it will charge your phone and small gadgets ok. For going further afield into the wilds I would want something more powerful like the solar & power gorilla which approx. 5 x the price
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Initial post: 28 Jul 2011, 15:20:54 BST
Peter says:
The rating of this device is that of its own built in battery ie 2200mAH or 2.2AH, it is the built in battery that is doing all the work, what the manufacturers of these devices seem very loathe to tell anyone is the rating of the solar panel itself, from this you can work out how long the internal battery would take to charge, this rating is the most important and is often very low, ie 50mW??!! rendering a lot of these devices not particularily useful, I have a similar device myself and have gone back to using piles of disposable batterys.
Call me cynical but why do the manufacturers often rate these things in mAH rather than AH, is it because 2200mAH sounds more impressive than 2.2AH and in any case it all sounds better than 50mW, otherwise known as 0.05W!!
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