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Solio Classic Hybrid Solar Charger (new)

by Solio
2.8 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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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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Product Description

The new Solio Classic Hybrid Solar Charger (updated 2010) provides more power to more devices more quickly than ever. Updates include solar panels that are 20% more efficient and a bigger selection of adapter tips. The Classic works with iPhone/iPod right out of the box, and also supports Micro-USB devices such as Blackberry, Motorola, LG, etc. The Solio Classic Hybrid Solar Charger is the perfect lightweight travel charger, a primary power source when in remote locations, or an emergency back-up power supply. The Classic features a folding three-panel design, three photovoltaic cells plus a full-size charging battery enabling quick re-charging of your portable electronic devices. The Solio Classic Hybrid Solar Charger is simple to use. Charge the Classics battery one of three ways: directly from the sun using the integrated solar cell, or from your computer using the included USB charge-in cable, or from the included rapid wall charger. The 1,650 mAh internal Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery stores power until you need it - for up to one year. Select the appropriate adapter tip, connect it to your electronic device, press the start button and youre charging on-the-go.Just 1 hour of sunshine = 20+ minutes talk time or 50+ minutes MP3 music (depending on device).

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 1.3 x 2.5 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B003AIL2K6
  • Item model number: S520-B57RW
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,101 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Most of the five-star reviews were created on September 23. Anyone else find that suspicious?
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.
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I took this product backpacking. First, I wanted to test it, so I placed it outside in the sun to achieve a full charge. After 4 hours, it was minimally charged (maybe 10%), so I plugged into my laptop's USB to finish the charging, which took the rest of the day and all night to reach 100%. Let down number two occurred in the back-country, when my iPhone 3G ran low on juice after a few days of intermittent GPS use. I used the included attachments to connect my iPhone to the Solio Classic and hit the "Start" button (solio's only button--the instructions are odd pictures; no words). The iPhone registered that it was being charged; however, after 5 minutes, I checked the progress only to find that the Solio had quit charging. After attempting this nearly 30 times throughout the next few days, my iphone was none the better, in-fact it probably had less juice from the constant on/off of this disjointed charge attempt. I am unimpressed and will return this item as soon as I get home!
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I purchased a Solio Classic for use on a cross country bike trip. The product worked well, recharging a PDA, iPod and cell phone. But a piece (the center bushing around which the solar wings pivot) broke. It was my fault and I figured I could contact the company for a replacement part once I finished the trip.

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.
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Satisfied with product, works as expected.

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.
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Overall this thing just wasn't designed that well.
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
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I bought a Solio Classic solar charger a few years ago from a brick and mortar store when the price was 3/4 of their newer products and loved it. I was willing to pay to support the solar charging industry which was sparse at the time. I bought another later on when the price jumped up, although this seemed a suspicious reversal of supply and demand. The plastic part holding the 3 wings together broke on the original one after I used it daily for more than a year, but I still used it being careful of the loose wires. It might have been the same part another reviewer mentioned. That unit finally quit holding a charge and I figured the battery gave out. That was a good performance on the investment I made.

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.
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