Solio Classic Hybrid Solar Charger (new)
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- The solar charger provides portable, sustainable power for 3,200+ devices
- Internal 1,650 mAh rechargable lithium-ion battery stores power for up to one year
- Includes 7 adapter tips (MicroUSB, MiniUSB, FemaleUSB, New Samsung, New LG, New Nokia, and New Sony Ericsson), USB charge-in cable, adapter cable, quick start guide, "Art of Solar Charging" guide
- 4.7 x 1.3 x 2.5 in; 78 grams
- 1 year warranty
- Accepts power the sun or a wall plug and stores the energy within the internal rechargeable 1650 mAh battery
- Capacity is sufficient to charge a standard cellular phone 2¿2.5 times
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The solio is okay; it's works for charging your phone one afternoon when you don't need it, or for small emergency charges, but I wouldn't recommend it as a regular back-up plan. I usually just use a fold-out flexible solar panel, which, while more expensive on the whole, was cheaper for the amount of product included and charges way faster.
I emailed them requesting the part, and here was their reply: "Unfortunatly we do not sell parts for your Solio. You will need to purchase a replacment unit."
My response: "This is very disappointing and unreasonable. I am not going to spend tens of dollars replacing a perfectly functional unit simply because an inexpensive plastic part has broken. I suggest you rethink this policy. Since you still manufacture the Classic, the part must still be available. This is really poor customer relations!"
They responded: "We do not do repairs on site. The unit holds a one year warrenty, if you are out of that time period you will have to purchase another unit. I apologize if you do not agree with our policy."
I suggest you do not support a company that on one hand touts its environmental cachet, and on the other promotes the senseless discarding of an easily repairable product.
If you are considering purchasing this charger, keep in mind the following technical considerations:
The charging efficiency of most portable electronics is usually somewhere between 20-70%. Most items like cell phones, GPS units, etc. waste a portion of the recharging energy as heat.
What this means is that this charger, with a 1650MAH battery, can deliver between 330-1155 MAH of charge. If your cell phone has a 1500MAH battery, you will get a maximum of a 77% charge from this, you should expect less.
My LG android phone will charge to about 60% when this is fully charged.
1) The suction cup is problematic (it has never stuck reliably for more than a few minutes)
2) Requires really direct sunlight to charge, other solar chargers do a lot better in this area (the orange joos comes to mind) which is frustrating because you really need to stick it to a window to collect any charge (see problem 1)
3) The multi-tip adaptor is flimsy and isn't reliable (I think all portable chargers that rely on multi-tip adaptors have this issue, the cables just stop working well after a few uses, just put a dang usb port on it and be done with it!)
I got this thing for free and I'm not impressed with it, I'd be returning it in heartbeat if I paid retail for it
Strangely, at about the same time the same plastic part broke on the newer charger. I had meanwhile had unpleasant experiences with them on a social media platform (I know, somewhat petty, but it gave me some insight to their negative attitude towards customers). The company sounds like they have since then improved their customer support, but I am no longer interested in dealing with them.
I would have given the earlier product 5 stars until the rising prices, breaking parts and bad customer service soured my opinion.
I'm happy to support worthwhile businesses in the solar industry where I can, but I feel this experience hasn't lived up to justify the higher price of the company's newer products. I am still using my 2nd charger, wondering when it is going to fail, and looking forward to my next solar charger from another company. Fortunately, there is at least one good company with a great product and great customer service on Amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To mostly recharge it, I had to leave it out in the sun all day and periodically re-aim it so it was still pointing to the sun. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William Frisinger
Item was advertised as new and it was not. Item was dirty and was an older model and did not have the updated connectors needed for today's electronics.Published 20 months ago by Eleanor R. LeViner
This product took so long to charge that it was pretty much useless. I would try days and days to get a weak charge. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Bdub
This is a fantastic solar charger while it works, just after my warranty ran out the usb connection broke, so it's useless and I have to buy another one. Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by T. Quinn
I have tried to sue my my Solio Classic to recharge my Blackberry, without success. It will charge the battery up to around 70% and stops charging. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by outdoorsy
I bought this as an alternative of plugging in my phone into a car charger not because I am a hiker or anything... Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by Cookie
I bought this charger for backcountry hiking trip, but had to return it when I came back. This is a great idea, and I hope someday solar chargers will be more useful, but I guess... Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by zarubezhom
Works great and charges my cell phone, powers my laptop or what ever I connect to it. Purchaced from Amazon and paid less than other sites to receive same product for less! Read morePublished on June 25, 2011 by D. Hunter