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Solio Mono-i Hybrid Solar Charger

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2.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Multi-device charger: Works with 3200+ devices.
  • Stores Power: Holds a charge up to one year
  • Hybrid versatility: Charge it from the sun via USB port or from an optional wall charger.
  • Intelligent Charging: No overcharging just right.
  • iGo Tips NOT included
  • Hybrid solar charger with built-in 1,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Battery recharges via solar panel, computer (USB), or wall socket
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Product Description

Product Description

The new Solio Mono Hybrid Solar Charger (updated 2010) features a larger internal battery that provides twice the capacity and a solar panel that is 20% more efficient than the previous model. To promote maximum flexibility in an economical way this model does not come with a pre-selected variety of adapter tips (that you may or may not use), but is instead compatible with all i-Go power tips (sold separately). The Solio Mono Hybrid Solar Charger is the perfect lightweight travel charger, back-up power source when in remote locations, or an emergency back-up power supply. The Mono features a compact design with a single panel photovoltaic cell plus a full-size charging battery enabling quick re-charging of your portable electronic devices. The Solio Mono Hybrid Solar Charger is simple to use. Charge the Mono’s battery one of two ways: directly from the sun using the integrated solar cell, or from your computer using the included USB charge-in cable. . The 1,000 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 you’re charging on-the-go. Compatible with all i-Go Device Power Tips. This item does not include wall charger and and tips are sold separately.

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The Solio Mono-i charger is the perfect companion for your urban lifestyle. Compact, the Mono-i works by absorbing power from the wall socket, a computer, or direct sunlight, and then storing the energy within its internal 1,000 mAh lithium-ion battery. Once the charger's battery is full, you can use it to power your cell phone, smart phone, iPod, MP3 player, PDA, Bluetooth headset, game player, GPS, fish finder, or digital camera--more than 3,200-plus devices in all. This versatility helps the Mono-i excel as a daily companion for around-town use, a travel accessory, or as an emergency backup power supply. Plus, its compact design allows you to slip it easily into a pocket or throw it in a bag.

The Mono-i charger is cost-effective, as sun-based energy is completely free and creates no harmful impacts. And the solar design couldn't be simpler, with a single high-efficiency solar cell that lays flat for easy charging. Just leave it on an outdoor table or rock for 17 hours or so, and then get ready to take your power on the road. To charge the Mono-i's battery without using the sun, simply connect the charger to your computer via the included USB charge-in cable. Plus, the energy in the charger's lithium-ion battery doesn't need to be redeemed immediately, as it stores the juice for more than a year.

The Mono-i does not come with a preselected variety of adapter tips, but is instead compatible with all i-Go power tips (sold separately), including i-Go mini USB, i-Go micro USB, i-Go iPhone/iPod, i-Go Samsung, and i-Go Blackberry versions. The Mono-i hybrid charger measures 1.3 by 4.7 by 0.85 inches (W x H x D), weighs 2.75 ounces, and carries a one-year warranty.



The Solio Mono-i includes a single high-efficiency solar cell for easy charging.
Playtime from Single Mono-i Charge
  • iPhone: 3 hours talk time
  • Blackberry: 3.6 hours talk time
  • Tom Tom One GPS (3rd gen): 4 hours navigation time
  • Garmin Nuvi 200 GPS: 3.3 hours navigation time
  • Apple iPod Nano (3rd gen): 34 hours
  • Apple iPod Touch (1st gen): 27.2 hours
  • Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS: 215 pics
  • Kodak M763: 255 pics

Specifications:

    Solar charge time: 17 hours
  • Power outlet charge time: 2.8 hours
  • USB charge time: 5.6 hours
  • Battery: 1,000 mAh lithium ion
  • Power output: Roughly 4 watts
  • Solar panels: 1 high efficiency
  • Overcharge protection: Yes, 4 levels
  • Shell: ABS/polycarbonate
  • Dimensions: 1.3 by 4.7 by 0.85 inches (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 2.75 ounces
  • Warranty: 1 year

About Solio
The sun's energy has always been recognized as powerful. How powerful? The amount of energy that falls on the Earth in one hour is the same amount used by the world's population in one year. With these details in mind, Better Energy Systems created the Solio--a hybrid solar charger for small, portable, electronic gadgets. It was introduced at San Francisco's MacWorld in 2005, where it won Best of Show. The Solio quickly caught the consumer's imagination and interest, because it combined convenient, easy-to-use renewable energy with cutting-edge, award-winning design and engineering. With this combined value and appeal, the company continues to receive prestigious awards and acknowledgements for its family of Solio models, and has now sold more solar systems than any other company in the world.


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B003DUEYVU
  • Item model number: S49-150RS
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,960 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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By M. Grayson on April 2, 2011
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This is a great little charger -- especially if you charge it through the USB cable that is provided. However, the solar charging is slow and requires a great deal of light. I'm in Wisconsin, and in the winter you can pretty much give up on the solar charging. I guess if you live in Florida, then you probably could rely more on the solar aspects of this device. Nonetheless, however it is charged, it does hold the charge and is sufficient to recharge about 2/3 of my battery in my HTC Evo4G. All in all it is worth the price...
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I was new at shopping on Amazon when I bought this crap. Learned how valuable the reviews are later.

There is not a good review on this item. It is crap. It will not work with the number of devices claimed because it does not come with the interchangeable tips, basically they lie. I went to the website that the instructions directed. They lied again, I could not find the tips there. I would stay from any product this company sells. Additionally I would avoid the sellers as well because the bottom line is people know when they are selling you crap. If they continue to sell crap then they are in the same category as the crap they sell.

Instead, the APALLO 23-1200mAh Solar Charger comes with the tips as advertised. I am happy with this device. As a backpacker and hiker this is a great addition to the larger panels I use for my laptop and Kindle Fire. I use the smaller to keep camera or phone charged.
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It takes this little thing forever to take a charge for sun light, not a couple of hours, like a whole day worth of charnging to get any amount of charge in the thing. It reeally needs to be charged by its USB port for any real useage. other than the fact that solar charging is useless of every day activities it is OK, but it is only OK. I am very happy i got it on sale for $10. Not $50. It is not worth that much money at all. Also i have had it for a bit now, im adding on to this review, The cord is bad. It does not connect to the divices i try and charge, yes i have the right tip, i mean it goes in but wont charge them.
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I haven't had this for long so I can't say much about how well this thing works/doesn't but mostly because you need to buy these separate iGO power tips to be able to charge Anything... (even though it is slightly my fault, should've read the description closer) because of this I do not recommend buying this, even at the low cost of $10 or less, I personally had reasonable expectations with this, to only charge up stuff a little bit/charging itself from sunlight very slowly, fine.. but I don't agree with having to buy the tips separately at all... if only there was a universally accepted connector that will work with almost everything, such as USB...

Now I wouldn't have as much of a problem with this, if those tips (at least one or two of em) were included or only cost about $1 but no, they usually cost over $5 for EACH tip, so that will add up real fast if you want more than one tip, so basically they seem to scam you out of money by selling you a cheap somewhat functional device so that you can either toss it when you get it or go ahead and buy the tips you need as well... Please don't buy, instead just get a decent portable power bank and a good solar panel to hang in your window (or wherever) and you'll have a much better experience.

update, I've tried this out a bit and have been charging it using a 7W foldable solar panel and it works alright although the supposedly 1,000mah battery in this thing is closer to about 500-600mah, I can only charge my phone with a 2100mah battery up to about 25% or so from a full charge, so its a bit handy if you're ever running low and need a boost but don't count on it doubling your usage or anything.
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