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Powertraveller Solarmonkey Adventurer Portable Solar Charger, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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  • Compact and lightweight solar charger with integrated lithium battery
  • USB socket for charging 5V devices (smartphones, iPods etc.)
  • Fully water and shock resistant
  • Supplied with bespoke travel case and carabineer
  • In built battery charges iPhone / smartphone up to 2 times
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Technical Details

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  • Size (LWH): 6.6 inches, 3.5 inches, 8.9 inches
  • Weight: 9.6 ounces
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Product Description

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Powertraveller Solarmonkey Adventurer Solar Portable Charger
The Solarmonkey Adventurer is a slim-line, portable solar charger with an integrated lithium-ion polymer battery, capable of giving you up to 2 full charges on an iPhone or smartphone, a GPS up to 3 times, as well as being able to charge virtually any other 5V device.

Works With
The Solarmonkey Adventurer will charge any device that can be recharged via USB i.e. smartphones / iPhones, iPods, e-readers, GPS, handheld games consoles and will even give a 25% charge on an iPad / tablet – virtually any small handheld device. To charge your Apple device, simply use the Apple-supplied white sync / charge cable directly into the USB socket.

Working Out Your Device's Voltage
If your device is charged via a USB socket (either directly into a computer socket or via a USB AC power plug) – the maximum voltage of your device will be 5 Volts, therefore the Solarmonkey Adventurer is perfect.

Battery Capacity and Charge Times
The Solarmonkey Adventurer has an integrated 2500mAh lithium-ion polymer battery and when charging your device from the battery only (say at night), this will output power at the same rate as if you were charging your device from AC mains power. The solar panels will recharge the internal battery in 8-12 hours.

One of the features of the solarmonkey adventurer is that it can simultaneously charge the integrated battery via the solar panels, whilst it is charging a device via the USB port.

Stylish and Compact Design
Weighing just 9.3oz, the Solarmonkey Adventurer is lightweight and the neat, folding design means that it is perfect for even the most space-conscious of users. Made from high quality, rugged materials, this compact solar charger is also water and shock resistant so can take quite a few knocks and spills.

Complete with a bespoke, travel case that features an insulation layer from 14 to 194°F, as well as a handy carabiner, the Solarmonkey Adventurer can be attached to backpacks and tents to soak up the sun.

Who’s It Suitable For?
If you’re looking for a space-saving, lightweight portable solar charger for your small 5V devices, then the Solarmonkey Adventurer is for you. Perfect for beach vacations, hikers, runners, camping trips or if you just can’t be without your must-have gadgets, the Solarmonkey Adventurer offers you real solar power on the go.

Box Contents

1 x Solarmonkey Adventurer Solar Charger
5 x Mobile Device Tips
1 x USB Connection Cable
1 x Apple Monkeytail
1 x Carabiner
1 x Travel Case
1 x User Manual


Product Details

Size: One Size | Package Type: Standard Packaging
Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 3.5 x 8.9 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • ASIN: B007ZN9B9Q
  • Item model number: SMA003
  • Batteries 2 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,649 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Customer Reviews

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This is the first (and only) solar charger that I've owned. It's not bad, but it doesn't always fully charge its internal battery even being left facing the direct sun for several hours.

My wife and I went camping last week in northern NH, where we anticipated limited cell phone service. With cell phone service going in and out all day, we knew the battery would drain faster, so we needed a charging solution that didn't require starting the car. I bought the SolarMonkey Adventurer specifically so we could keep one cell phone charged in case of an emergency and also to keep my electronic cigarette batteries charged.

We started out with a fully charged battery in the SolarMonkey Adventurer. After charging an electronic cigarette battery overnight, I positioned the SolarMonkey in the campsite facing the sun the next day. With complete cloud cover, the SolarMonkey was fully charged within a couple hours. That night I charged a cell phone. The next day I placed the SolarMonkey in the campsite. It didn't fully charge, but it was also pretty cloudy that day and I had drained a lot of the battery overnight charging the cell phone. That night I charged an electronic cigarette battery and the other cell phone. The next day was sunny and warm - hardly ever a cloud in the sky. I strapped the SolarMonkey to my pack and we went out for a hike. When we returned, I placed it in the campsite for the remainder of the day. It seemed to have lost its will to charge. I left an electronic cigarette battery connected to it for part of the day, then removed that when I realized the SolarMonkey was no longer charging it. I couldn't even fully charge an electronic cigarette battery with it that night and had to resort to starting the car to bring a cell phone back to life.
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This cost more but is worth it. Has same battery as ereader, will charge in low light/rain. Auto shut off if not enough light. I can charge in daytime and charge my ereader at night, that keeps ereader out of sun too!! Roll up solar panels seem great, but I like this clam shell design. Will also fit in cargo pocket.

Seems like a solar panel with battery is the way to go. More options.
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Cloudy (50% of sun) and full overcast. Belgium.

I have smartphone 1900 mAh (Galaxy S4 mini), so below the values of charging this phone in percentage of battery gauge increasing:
- full overcast: +8%
- Cloudy: +26 to 35%

>>> charging while phone switched off
- overcast not more than 10% sun: +35% (!?)
- 30% sun: +42%
All above is horizontal position. Below is vertical position.
- 70% sun: +51%

Device was fully discharged by day before charging of phone and left outdoor for 13-14 hours.

To be continued.
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This is a great product - my only comment would be it needs a screen that tells you how much it is charged. You have either Red for Charging or Green for fully charged but need some way of knowing how well it is doing.

It did seem to charge even in cloudy weather as long as it was bright out - but I could not tell how well it was charging. It comes with everything you need to charge all kinds of phones etc - very good unit and robust. I was up in the Swiss mountains for a week with no access to electricity and we managed to keep 3 phones going. It did seem to drain quickly with my camera but again without a gauge it was not easy to tell if the camera drained it or it was just not fully charged.

All in all very robust - small enough to pack easily and easy to use - very nice unit.
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All of the positive reviews here seem to have been from people who have not charged the device using solar power or only used it for a day or two after it's been fully charged.

Powertravellers quote of "8 to 12 hours" to charge the device is an absolute lie. From a fully depleted device, after 14 hours in direct sunlight I managed to get 12% of my 8" Samsung Tablet charged. If the device is fully charged via a USB wall socket I can get that up to 100% easily.

Spending the extra money for the Solarmonkey was in no way worth it and I wish I'd gone with the far, far cheaper options around with the same technical specifications. This device is fine if you're only going hiking for a few days and you're after a backup battery with superfluous solar cells that make it look cool - But any longer then forget about it.
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I live in LA so there's no shortage of quality sunlight but this product seems to take forever to charge my cell phone or ipad mini. I'm pretty much given up on it except as a fallback.
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Okay, maybe I'm missing something because there are other positive reviews, but this device doesn't work for me.

Charged two iPhones great with full battery, but then the battery was depleted. Left it in the sun with iPhones attached for hours at a time with no increase in battery life. Tried with iPhone powered off, just to make sure it was not draining any energy, left it connected and open flat in direct sunshine - nada.

This device would be great it it worked. Had high hopes for an upcoming long hike but I'm glad I field-tested it. Will update the review if I figure out how to get any battery charging from the solar panels.
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