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Solio Universal Hybrid Solar Charger

by Solio

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Black- old
  • Universal "hybrid" solar battery charger with internal battery for charging portable electronics
  • Internal battery absorbs energy from 4 hours in the wall socket or 8 to 10 hours of direct sunlight
  • Charges iPods, cell phones, MP3 players, PDAs, game players, GPS units, or digital cameras
  • 3 blades spread out to absorb maximum sunlight; stores power for more than 1 year
  • Includes global wall charger; measures 2.5 x 1.3 x 4.7 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
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Product Description

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The Solio universal "hybrid" solar charger is powerful enough to charge all of your handheld electronic products whether you're at home or on the move. The Solio works by absorbing power from either the wall socket or direct sunlight, and then storing the energy within its internal battery. Once the Solio's battery is full, you can use the charger to power your cell phone, smart phone, iPod, MP3 player, PDA, Bluetooth headset, game player, GPS, fish finder, or digital camera, making it a powerful all-in-one battery charger. The universal charger is also cost-effective, as the sun-based energy is completely free and creates no harmful impacts. And the design couldn't be simpler, with a fan-blade outlay that achieves maximum solar area when in use. Just spread out the blades, expose them to direct sunlight either outdoors or affixed to a window, and get ready to take your power on the road.

The black Solio charges your electronics at the same rate as a conventional charger, and stores enough juice to fully charge an average cell phone at least twice or provide more than 20 hours of iPod tunes. In addition, the Solio can charge your electronics directly rather than relying on the built-in battery. An hour of sun, for instance, will deliver enough power for about 50 minutes of MP3 playing time or 10 minutes of cell phone talk time. Finally, the energy in the Solio's built-in battery doesn't need to be redeemed immediately, as it stores the juice for more than a year. The Solio, which measures 2.5 by 1.3 by 4.7 inches (W x H x D), is backed by a one-year warranty.



The Solio hybrid solar charger can power your cell phone, iPod, GPS, and almost any other small device.
Specifications:
  • Nominal DC output: 3V, 2A
  • Maximum wattage: 6 watts
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion 3.7V, 1.65A cell
  • DC input: 5-6V 0.44 Ah
  • Dimensions: 4.72 by 1.34 by 2.56 inches (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Temperature range: -4 to 131 degrees F

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 types of 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 four Solio models, and has now sold more solar systems than any other company in the world.

Product Description

Better Energy Systems Solio Universal Hybrid Solar Charger S121-G07A 1034

Product Details

Color: Black- old
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 3 x 6 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000HHOD5O
  • Item model number: S19-G07A
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,259 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Customer Reviews

Even the manual say it takes two days of sun to fully charge the battery.
M. D. Sullivan
The Solio works great with all our gadgets and we always take it camping at the lake to keep the game boys and cell phones running.
Kirsten Orszag
I emailed the company when I returned home -- and got a response, and one from a person, I think, too.
W. Bradley M. Kemp

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

146 of 148 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Sullivan on August 31, 2007
Color Name: Black- old Verified Purchase
I reluctantly returned this product after a few weeks. It just does not charge in sunlight the way I expected it to.
Even the manual say it takes two days of sun to fully charge the battery. I placed it in a West facing window for a week and it never fully charged. The company said the usual stuff. Window coating can diminish results, clouds, haze, etc. Plus the instructions say it has to be pointed right at the sun to charge correctly. So if you are driving West with the device on the front windshield it still won't charge correctly. You have to point it RIGHT at the sun.
I laid it on my deck. It was drenched in sun and still didn't get a good charge.
If you plug it into a wall outlet overnight then it will do a good job as a backup battery. But that isn't why I bought it.
Plus it doesn't work quite right with iPods. When you plug the iPod in and hit the start button on the Solio, the Solio will charge the iPod. But after a few hours it will quit charging and the iPod will run off the internal battery until you hit start on the Solio again.
Solio tech support said this is a known issue.
I guess I will try again in a few years.
Great idea, just not ready for prime time.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline K. Pon on January 9, 2007
Color Name: Silver- old
I got the charger for my boyfriend for Christmas and he loved the idea immediately; however, the plugs that it comes with don't work with most of his little gadgets and the extras that I purchased didn't work with his Samsung phone and DS lite. He does love using this for his ipod and I can use it for my Nokia phone. Call customer service to discuss the extra plugs before purchasing so that you know exactly what you're getting. Good luck!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By D. Miao on March 14, 2007
Color Name: White- Old Verified Purchase
The Solio works great as an extra battery while traveling with the wall charger. But it takes forever to charge from the sun. If you leave it in the window for about a week you might get half a charge. This will charge your phone at least once. Which was the reason i got it. Im sure it will be better in the summer when I bring it to the park or the beach and use it at the same time as im using my Ipod.

The connectors that it comes with are great! and the design is really nice.

p.s after impulse buying this I researched and found possibly better alternatives like solar rolls from brunton. Looks like you can get more for your buck.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Monty VanderBilt on August 7, 2007
Color Name: Black- old
I just returned from an 8-day climbing trip and used this charger to keep my iPod working. I take an iPod on my trips to save weight (audio books weigh nothing), pass the time when weather turns bad, and mask the sound of the tent fly flapping during windy nights. I have an iPod nano and a fully charged Solio holds about 1 1/2 iPod charges. I typically left the Solio next to my tent to recharge during the day and it worked great. Interestingly, at some of my higher camps (~6500 feet) the Solio charged more quickly than it did at home (sea level), most likely due to the more intense solar radiation at that elevation.

My only concern is whether or not the Solio is waterproof enough to leave out on days when it might rain. The manual says "do not immerse in water", and putting the Solio in a clear waterproof baggie might be the answer, but I did not test this.

I wish there was an attachment to charge a Canon NB-4L battery, but so far I have been unable to find one.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Gottlieb on January 20, 2008
Color Name: Silver
I wanted to love this. It's solar, it's pink, it's whimsical.

It could have been an integral part of my earthquake kit (we do live in Los Angeles).

But it didn't really work for me. First off, charging it in the car is pointless and slow. It requires direct sunlight so even a tree giving some shade makes it not charge. Secondly, it takes about eight hours to charge fully, that means you have to follow the sun for eight hours.

Unless you live in a yurt, you probably only get a few hours of sunlight from each window. Which brings me to my third point.

It charges best when left outside.

Nope, it's a $90 item and I don't want to leave it lying around outside.

I get that it's hip to be green and pink is fun and playful, the design it beautiful and the freebies are flowing with these (everyone at fashion week LA got one) but it just doesn't do what it's supposed to do.

I'll wait for the second generation, hopefully it will work better.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Atticus Bailey on April 8, 2008
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
okay first thing is first i bought the pink solio because i was able to get it cheaper than the other colors, thinking i would just paint it. I ended up painting it green, but i do not recommend painting this item you cannot take it apart as easily as i thought.

What I like about the solio is it can store energy i have other solar devices but once the sun sets they do you no good. With the solio you can leave it out in the sun and then charge your items at night, which make it good for camping and hiking. Do not expect to leave this in a window and get a good charge, it will simply not work. That is not a fault of the solio many different solar items do not work well through a window. Its small so you can take it with you different places and stick it outside a window wherever to store energy for later. Also its a cool design and looks interesting people really enjoy it.

There are some down sides it takes a long time to charge it fully. I need one day of full sun usually one and a half to charge it fully. The other down side is when i charge my phone that is 50% worn down it takes 75% of the solio's energy to bring the phone to 100% but i believe that is because my cellphone battery holds more energy than the solio's battery.

Overall the solio is a cool gadget that does work. However, i have a brunton solarport and that does work better. The solio is good for bringing along and storing energy to charge/run devices later on at night. I recommend it.
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