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Suntactics sCharger-5 Portable Solar Charger, Light Weight, Waterproof, Durable, Auto-Retry, 1000 mA for iPhone, iPad, Samsung and other Devices

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  • Charges fast, See battery percentage rise while in use, iPhone 1.5-2.5 hrs, Galaxy 3-4 hrs, Charges at wall charger speeds
  • The hiker's solution for light weight portable power. Only 8oz's. Stay charged with confidence
  • Safe, reverse flow protected circuitry, Auto-Retry Technology for those finicky phones that get interrupted in shade
  • Output 1000 mA/5volts (5watts @ 5volts), 6" x 6" closed, 6" x 11" open, ~8oz, Water Proof to 40 feet, Mounting grommets, Durable Flouropolymers made to last
  • Made in the USA. 5 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
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Technical Details

  • Weight: 8 ounces
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003ZFQUWO
  • Item model number: SC5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,858 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description

The sCharger-5 out performs all others, period! Solar charge iPhone, iPod, Galaxy, USB cameras, GPS, eReaders, Bluetooth, USB batteries and many other devices. It even charges the iPad in good sunny weather. Use it on the trail, camping, outdoor events, biking, kayaking, power outages, the list goes on.

-What makes the difference
The sCharger-5 can charge your device directly from the sun alone. It does not need a battery. Solar chargers with internal batteries are limited and will inevitably fail from the battery being baked in the sun. If you need a USB storage battery, there are many available on the market that will solar charge from the sCharger-5.

The sCharger-5 is compact, and has the highest power to weight ratio. Suntactics sChargers are designed and manufactured in San Jose California. Suntactics takes very high measures on quality with superior American workmanship. We use the highest efficiency, grade A, solar cells. We also configure the cells correctly for optimum charging performance.

-Buy American
Overseas solar chargers over claim output power. Suntactics does not. What is stated is what you get 1000mA(1.0Amps).

-A Must Have
A life saver for power outages. Keep it in a bug out bag or in your emergency kit for bad weather conditions. If you are a hiker or backpacker, then the sCharger-5 is the correct choice. No other solar charger can keep up.

-Assurance
Never worry about your device going dead. Be assured that you can always call for help. sChargers are very reliable, durable and hassle free. What the sCharger-5 can do is priceless.

-Why
Suntactics chargers work and work well. You've made the original investment, do yourself a favor and invest in Suntactics.

-Package includes
sCharger-5, Travel bag, User Manual

Check out our sCharger 8 and 14 for even more power!

Please be sure to read the Comments that go with our Reviews.

Customer Reviews

FANTASTIC It is great for camping and hiking.
ruben
If a shadow or interruption stops the charge, it resets itself without having to unplug and replug it.
Alice Ford-Sala
It is very lightweight and constructed incredibly well.
Matthew Hanna

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

134 of 143 people found the following review helpful By azapplewhite on December 6, 2010
Took this on a backpacking trip in July with my 3g iPhone and I was the envy of my camp mates. I did "opportunity charging" any time we stopped, including typically about 1 hour for lunch in full sun and was able to keep the phone battery adequately charged (Note to iPhone users: DON'T plan on running power hungry GPS apps all day unless you plan to allocate a fair amount of charging time during peak sun hours). I found that I could get a reasonable amount of charge in (about 1/4 full) even if I started when we started to make camp at 5:00 pm.

Driving home, I was even surprised to find that the phone charged (albeit at a slow rate) with the panel on my dashboard. This was surprising as I thought windshields blocked out most of the UV energy.

It is quite durable and held up to some rough handling
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205 of 224 people found the following review helpful By Isaac on July 17, 2011
I have been trying out different solar USB chargers for over a year and the sCharger-5 is the best so far! It is thin, convenient, lightweight, has a built-in universal USB port for any device, and folds up to fit in a small bag or large pocket. You have to understand that Solar power does fluctuate throughout the day and is most powerful between 11am and 2pm, so you need a very powerful charger like this one that can charge up your phone or any other USB device in a few hours, especially if there are lots of trees around you and the sun only shines through briefly. I got mine about a year ago and it still keeps working rain, shine, or falling off my bicycle! The funny thing is that some devices do have some trouble charging directly from solar energy, but that is not the fault of the sCharger-5. For example, some USB batteries and even the iPhone show some error messages, but this is because the designer of the device was too stupid to allow the electrical current to throttle efficiently as the solar power changes throughout the day. The iPhone in particular requires a special circuit to charge because Steve Jobs wants to license the technology and steal money from anyone who wants to make an iPhone accessory. The sCharger-5 compensates for this by resetting the solar power every few minutes and in effect unplugging and plugging back in the solar panel automatically in order to return the device to normal charging and charge the iPhone at record speeds! However, recently, battery and phone designers are becoming more advanced to take advantage of variable current from the sun and now they are able to accept any power from the sCharger-5 at even faster rates. This is actually a happy coincidence in design because all USB ports do not have the same power output.Read more ›
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90 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Alice Ford-Sala on December 6, 2010
It is the only way I charge my Ipod now. I bought a CD case and take this solar charger with me where ever I go. It is high powered and charges at the same rate as plugging into a wall socket. If a shadow or interruption stops the charge, it resets itself without having to unplug and replug it. Like I said -FANTASTIC!
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Daz on December 4, 2010
I've been doing a lot of offshore sailing lately and decided that I needed to find a way to keep my smart phone, ipod, and kindle charged up while away from 110 power. I had a cigarette lighter type charger for my phone, but nothing that would work for the others. Since I'd be outside and in the sun a lot, I figured solar was the way to go but wasn't sure that I'd be able to find something that would work for all three devices.

I spent a lot of time looking around online and saw plenty of chargers. Most of them were actually chargers with batteries - the solar cells charge a battery, and the phone, ipod, whatever charges off of that battery. Charging a battery to charge my device seemed like having an unecessary "middleman" to me, so I kept looking. Then I found the Suntactics PC5. This solar charger charges directly via USB - no middleman battery. I had a trip coming up the first of October, so I figured I'd take a chance and try it out. I purchased my PC5 charger in September, 2010.

I used the PC5 on that and a subsequent trip covering almost all of October and November - It worked flawlessly. It actually seems to charge my Droid X at about the same rate as my AC charger, and my ipod faster than the battery operated speaker I use at home). It works great for charging my kindle too. I just open the PC5 up, set it in the sun and connect whatever I need to charge.

While heading out east for one trip, I was stuck at O'Hare airport for a few hours and couldn't find a free outlet near my gate, so I just took a seat near the window and charged in the sun. Every time I set it up I got comments and questions about the rig.

The charger works great, is compact and easy to carry/store and it's "green". What more could you ask for? I couldn't be happier with mine.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Clint on August 1, 2011
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I bought this to charge an Iphone and a USB charger for speaker/camera batteries for RAGBRAI, which for me amounted to a 640 mi. bike ride around Iowa.

I echo the comments of others here generally and those of Isaac and Jason specifically. You may need to be patient with your Iphone if you are moving through shadows or it's a cloudy day but the circuitry will reset to begin charging in direct sun. It's disheartening to see the "Charging Not Supported With This Accessory" message for the first time but it will work. You can hear the tone clicking in when it has enough direct sunlight. The USB battery charger seemed to work fine in the shade so it must be an Apple thing. That said, direct sunlight gives a fast charge to an Iphone.

I also worried about the connection between the two panels. Rather than opting for the company's fabricated bike rack ($$$$), I used my existing rack, put two flip flops down soles apart and bungeed the panel down, with a thicker one over the middle and a tiny one that covered the metal between two rows of panels towards the back. Result: one side of plastic stretched a little after over 600 mi. of county roads (ba-dum, ba-dum, ba-dum). It can withstand shock.

I tried buying some cheap Chinese crap last year of the trickle-charger variety that wouldn't charge above 3.7V and broke (no Iphone, sorry). Bite the bullet and buy this made in USA product if you want something that works.
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