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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2013
I purchased 3 of these solar chargers to provide backup charging during power outages and trips to far flung places. At first they worked as designed; the photovoltaic panels charged the internal battery which could then be removed and used to charge phones and other appliances with the electrical conntector kit included. A little more than a year later it is disapponting to see that the connectors are rusting. Yes the unit's electrical connectors between the solar panel and the battery have so much corrosion and rust on them that they can no longer charge. How did this happen? This unit has not been in the field since I bought it. It has sat in my study on a table next to the window the entire time. Maybe it would be understandable if I had this unit sitting on the deck of a boat in the ocean but no, its hardware can't stand up to life on a shelf in an air conditioned, heated suburban study. They built a nice unit, I paid a nice price and because they cheaped out on the spec'd electrical connectors I have a unit that doesn't work any more.
Updated Oct 2013--Voltaic customer service sent me a new unit and paid for me to ship my old unit back to them so they could check out the corrosion issue. That is impressive. Many firms will send out replacements just to quiet a customer but few seem to want to research the problem and learn from the incident. Kudos to Voltaic. The replacement unit is working great too with no sign of a recurrence of the issue.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2011
I bought this charger to keep my iPhone topped off during camping trips. It does exactly what you want it to do, and performs quite nicely! I tested it out in the woods, out of direct sunlight, and was able to get a full charge of my iPhone 4 each day (I literally ran the phone dead each day using the GPS). I'm certain I could get more juice out of it if I kept it in direct sunlight all day long.

The only thing I would (and likely will) change is that while charging the interior of the case is exposed. Laying it out on a rock to bask in the sun caused a few scuffs on the internal battery. I'm considering adding a layer of cloth inside, so the battery and connectors are always protected.

The battery is removable, and slips easily into a shirt pocket. This is an awesome feature, as it can be used as a battery booster for your phone. I won't have to use my phone sparingly at the zoo/theme parks anymore, as I'll have another charge and a half waiting in my pocket.

Perfect for keeping a phone charged up each day; for a notebook/tablet, I'd go bigger.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2011
This 1018 Solar Charger is awesome. I took it out into the field for 2 weeks straight. I used some D rings to clip it onto my backpack and it went everywhere with me. In direct sunlight it took about 6 hours to get a full charge. It will let you know when you look at the LED's it will stop flashing when its completely full. I used this in conjunction with my iphone and every night it charged my iPhone to 100%. This thing worked great. I only used it with an iPod and my iPhone, but anything else should charge as long as it plugs in USB. If you turn your device off, it will charge much faster. A few of my buddies purchased cheaper versions like this and had issues with them. Mine was the only one that worked the whole time in the field.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
I have been looking for quite some time for a solar charger for my iPhone and i Touch. I spend lots of time in remote areas without electricity where it is still nice to have my Itouch for listening to books and such. Also, I bike ride a lot and this charger is perfect for recharging my phone on the road no matter where I am. It is not a tiny charger, but well worth the space. Note that it has 4 watts of power. this is double what many solar charger have. That means the charging time is very quick.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2012
It's a nice little package, the case is pretty durable and there are many options that come with the unit as far as powering things, adapters, etc.

The one beef I have is the size of the battery. It's a little small, smaller than a pack of cigerettes, or about the size of a deck of playing cards. It could be a tad bigger, or hold more juice. The iSound, which is not solar at all, just travel power via USB (that you charge from the wall and save for later) charged my iPad about ten times. This little guy at full charge (from the wall, I did not test the effectiveness of the solar cell yet) charges my iPad maybe twice.

It is a neat little package though, and there aren't many solar units that come with a zip-bag like this. Suntactics, makes an exceptional USB charging solar panel as well, and it's intended to go directly to your device, whereas this one wants you to charge the device with the solar panel, and then the device will charge the iPad, iPod, etc.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2011
The Voltiac solar charger is expensive, but worth it. I've gotten less expensive chargers that ended up powering very few things. The huge advantage to the Voltaic is that it includes a battery. If the battery has been charged through the solar panels (about 4 hours in full sun), that can be used to fully charge a cell phone or other small item. If you have access to full sun, the solar panels will directly charge your item. My family took this on a camping trip in an area that has iffy phone reception, so batteries burn out quickly as the phone keeps searching for a signal. The Voltaic kept the phones charged. Next camping trip I will have to get at least one more, so we can each have regular access to one.

I also make sure to keep the battery charged at home. We have frequent power outages, and our FIOS landline stops working after about 12 hours without power. The Voltiac will keep our cell phones charged.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2014
I used this product on a paddle in the everglades, so not only did it do what I wanted it to, it held up to salt and fresh water spray with no damage. It averaged charging my phone fully and my wife's to about 75% after a day of paddling in the sun. The charge was invaluable as we were using our phones as GPS navigation and could not afford to be with out charge. Does the job and is tough as nails. I keep it in my window at home as a back up charger for power outages and it just keeps on ticking!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2012
I could, theoretically, never plug my phone into the wall again. The kit comes with adapters to plug into many mobile devices, including most current cell phone plugs for cell phones that charge off of USB. The solar panels charge a battery, which in turn, you can charge or run anything that is powered through USB. The outer shell is very durable, wont tear, and the solar panels are very durable. In full sunlight, the battery fully charges in a few hours. A fully charged battery will fully recharge my samsung galaxy precedent one time and still have some juice left. You can even have the battery plugged into the solar panels charging while the battery is charging your device. The kit totally lives up to all its claims as advertised. Very impressed. Would be great if you use the gps on your phone for camping and hiking. Would make an excellent gift for an outdoors person or someone who is into gadgets.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2014
I had to slightly stretch the opening end of one of the usb cables that came with the charger. It wouldn't goin anything,,,,,laptop even the end of the charger itself. It works ok now, but I almost returned it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2013
I really enjoy this product. It charges my phone as fast as a wall plug-in charge. The only issue I can forsee is if it is low battery and you need an emergency charge, it needs hours of solar charging before the battery can be used to charge your phone or other devices. Direct sunlight or in the windshield of a car works best. I tried to charge it through a sun lit window of my house and it was not effective.
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