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PowerFilm AA Foldable Solar Charger


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  • Eco-friendly solar powered battery charger
  • Charges 2 or 4 AA batteries
  • Folds up compactly to fit into a pocket
  • Weighs less than 4 AA batteries
  • Durable and convenient
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Product Description

Ultra compact, ultra lightweight and yet very durable, the PowerFilm AA Foldable Solar Charger is ideal for everyday use. Charging 2 AA batteries in 3 1/3 hours of full sun or 4 AA batteries in 6 2/3 hours of full sun, the AA Foldable Solar Charger provides highly-effective battery charging. Proprietary charging circuitry maximizes the charge into the batteries. The lightweight and durable PowerFilm flexible solar panels are integrated directly onto the fabric, keeping the weight of the charger to less than 4 spare batteries. Six built-in grommets allow for secure fastening to a pack or the ground. Made with UV and weather resistant materials, PowerFilm Foldable Solar Chargers handle difficult and diverse environments. Anywhere you go...Keep the power on with PowerFilm!

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001RMF7P8
  • Item model number: 6AA-BLACK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,882 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Mine charges AA batteries very quickly.
Big Jon
I was surprised to find that this unit actually does charge 4 AA's even with an overcast cloudy day.
Skilos
I tried to use it for two weeks and couldn't get it to work.
Mike W.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Big Jon on March 18, 2010
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This charger does exactly what they say it does. It charges batteries using sunlight, even indirect sunlight. They must have changed their design slightly since the earlier reviews because mine came with a charge indicator to tell you when the charge is complete. It also has overcharge protection built in so you can leave batteries in the holder as long as you want.

The whole thing folds up into a package slightly larger than the 4 cell battery compartment. It weighs about as much as the batteries. With 4 x AA batteries installed it weighs about 8 ounces. It has arrangements for hanging it from a pack by lanyards, so you can charge on the go while you hike. This, combined with the light weight and small size make it an ideal source of electricity for back country backpacking.

Be aware that it only charges AA batteries. You can't plug in your laptop or your blackberry...or even AAA batteries, so plan accordingly. Mine charges AA batteries very quickly. They say that 4 hours of fairly bright sunlight will fully charge 2 AA batteries and 8 hours is supposed to charge 4 AA fully. Since I don't ever run my batteries down that low, I can't vouch for these times, but it will top off a partially drained battery in about an hour. Even on a cloudy day, it can top off 2 batteries in less than 2 hours. That is comparable to any AC charger I have ever used.

It uses a thin film photovoltaic array, so it's flexible. This is both good and bad. The thin film is much cheaper, less prone to crush damage and folds up smaller, but it's probably only good for about 5 years use, roughly 1/4 of the life span of more expensive cells. This time limit only applies to the time actually spent in the sun.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By M. Cox on October 25, 2009
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I purchased this charger in case of long term power outage (earthquake, ice storm, nuclear war, cap and trade-caused blackouts), with the intention of always having light by recharging AA batteries and using them in LED flashlights and lanterns.

I used this charger on Oct. 24 on a sunny day in central Illinois, on a pair of partially discharged NiMh 2400 maH batteries that read 1.2 volts. The charger brought them up to 1.36 volts quickly and showed them as fully charged. Impressed, I decided to purposely discharge a pair of AAs by running them in an incandescent flashlight. One battery read 0 volts and the other was at 1.0 volts and the filament of the bulb was just barely showing a red glow when I put them in the charger. The charger accurately diagnosed them as very low and started recharging them in a trickle mode. One trip to Walmart later, (1-2 hours total charge time) and both batteries were right at 1.36 V. I also ran a separate 4-pack of partially discharged batteries and they were charged fully in 1 hour.

Based on this small experience sample, I am very happy with this product, as it surpassed the charging times on the box on a sunny day, even in late fall, with the sun very low in the sky at mid-day.

I also feel the build quality of the product is high, based on first impressions only.

This charger is also very small, folding up into a box smaller and thinner than I expected. It also comes with a 4-pack of the excellent low-discharge Sanyo Eneloop batteries, which are a $8-10 dollar value.

It also has grommets to make it easy to use string or cord to affix it to a backpack or tie it down in windy conditions. I am planning on making a set of copper wire supports that can be used like tent stakes to hold this charger in place on flat ground or to prop it up to get true perpendicularity to the sun to maximize the energy capture.

In summary, I love this charger and highly recommend it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Burke on December 24, 2009
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I recently purchased this charger's cousin, the Powerfilm USB / AA Solar Charger, and was so impressed with that one that I decided to get this one, too. I was not disappointed; this one is just as high quality as the USB version, only it trades 2 AAs for a USB charging device. These are without a doubt the best small AA-type chargers I have ever used (I've been though about a half dozen). These are ideal for either power outages of those trips in the wild where you will be without civilization for awhile. Truly wallet-sized, yet can keep your AAs going until they finally die on you.

Well worth the money.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By G. Teruya on March 4, 2011
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Been into Solar Chargers for the past 6 months. Interest in solar charges grew from wanting to be prepared for emergencies. The electronic devices that I have are powered through AA, AAA, and USB sources. Therefore, my focus was on finding a solar charger that can power one or any combination of the three. This is the review of the PowerFilm AA Battery Solar Panel Charger.

I was hopeful for this solar charger would be able to charge AA batteries. On the positive side, this charger did appear to have some ability to charge certain AA batteries with a significant charge. The panels and nylon material appear well made. Overall, this is a very lightweight and compact set up. In addition, there are two red LED lights that indicate a full-charge with a constant on, charging with a single blink, and indicates an empty charger or low battery with a quick two-blink sequence.

Unfortunately, the charger did not work with a lot of my Sanyo Eneloop LSD, Energizer NiMH, and Duracell NiMH. I tried troubleshooting by using both newer and older batteries, charging two batteries at a time versus four at a time, using the three different brands mentioned, using the solar charger during peak hours in direct sun and also indirect sunlight, charging for two-days in a row to ensure enough charge time, and switching between any of the four AA slots on the charger. Most of the batteries would result in a quick two-blink (empty charger or low battery) no matter the arrangement or length of time in the charger.

Of the batteries that were accepted by the charger (couple of Eneloops and four of my Energizer NiMH AA batteries), those batteries never fully charged. I tried leaving the batteries in for two days of sunlight, but it made no difference.
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