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108 of 117 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2013
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
The solar charging capability of this unit is nothing less than remarkable, but a few shortcomings and some potential misleadings in marketing force me to rate it down.

Pros:
-It is durable. I've taken mine on a 4 day backpacking trip where it got rained on and tossed around, and it's still good. I also left it in the driveway and it got soaked with the sprinklers...both sides....and it still works as good as new (the company recommends the back side not get wet).
-It fully charges in the sun in about a day and a half (sea level, arid hot climate, 46 degrees 16 minutes N latitude). For how small the solar surface is, this is incredible. I've discharged and recharged mine a couple dozen times now.
-It looks and feels nice.
-It holds its charge. I last charged mine a week ago and it's still full.
-The packaging was elegant and the directions were pretty clear (some might be confused at first about the solar charging rate LED, expecting multiple dots rather than different blink patterns, but the blink method (one blink for slow charge, a double blink for normal charging, and a triple blink for fast charging) they use is the way to go. You catch on quick.
-It appears to be about an ounce lighter than the company claims here.

Cons:
First, it really bothers me when companies make claims that don't meet real world performance. I'm sure they aren't technically lying and a device could probably theoretically do what they claim, e.g. maybe they put the wakapower out in the sun at the best time of day, with a battery level most accepting to charge, for one hour, and see how much it charges. Then, they use that number to determine how many hours the unit would theoretically take to charge. I'm not saying that's what these companies do, but I've tried enough of these products to know their claimed numbers never match what really happens. The practice is annoying.
-wakwaka claims the power to be capable of being fully charged in the sun in 8 hours. It takes mine a day and a half to fully charge in the sun. I could actually see getting this thing fully charged in a single day, from sunrise to sunset, if I babysat it more (optimizing the angles). Even though it doesn't match the claim, this is still impressive! I doubt there is anything better per surface area.
-a fully charged wakwaka power (2200 mAh) charges my galaxy s3 (2100 mAh) from 1-69%. I've seen better and worse efficiency in energy transfer from portable batteries (loss is unavoidable).
-it takes me 8 hours to charge the power from a 1amp samsung micro usb wall charger! 8, not 4 as the company claims on he box. For such a small battery, this is pitiful. I haven't tried a 2amp input (the company does not make clear the input allowance, but I'd be suprised if the max allowance was above one amp).

Recommended improvements:
-offer the ability to add a second solar panel to the unit.
-offer a 5000mAh version
-put your ingenuity towards improving energy transfer efficiency between the unit and a device. Patent it, and make money from growing and sure to explode portable battery industry.
-fix the wall charging speed! Faster = better.

Bottom Line:
The wakawaka power is a sexy, useful, little gadget that you should definately buy. Owning it means that i'm conservatively able to use about 25% of my phone's battery everyday, indefinately, without ever having to plug into the grid. Pretty sweet!
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2013
Color Name: Yellow
To celebrate my birthday the family went camping this last weekend. After dinner my wife brings out a gift for me. It was in a small package and very light. It was called WakaWaka Power. Now this thing is pretty cool. It seemed to be a device charger and light all in one. WOW!!! it is solar driven too!!! I hooked my iPhone to it and about an hour later my phone was almost fully charged. Throughout the night we used the light. In the tent, around the camp site, very bright! I't's bright light remained on and bright as we all woke up the next morning !!! Each family should have one of these!!!
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2013
Color Name: Black
I don't know why I should be surprised at how effective the WakaWaka POWER is having been an early user of their solar lamp product. But, I was on the golf course in a late afternoon session having a great time with my daughter and friends, taking pictures, posting... Of course right around the 10th hole I see my Samsung is about to die and I still have many more emails to respond to and pictures to take. My daughter passes me this thin, black smartphone lookalike and says you can use this to charge your phone. She says she just got the unit a few days before and now carries it around with her all the time. I plugged in the POWER using my USB connector cable and pushed the button and charging began. I placed both the phone and charger in the pocket of my golf bag and played a couple more holes, when I heard my email alert chime. I took a quick look and the phone was already at 25% full. I checked my mail, made a couple of calls and plugged it back in for the remainder of the course. By the time we got back to the clubhouse the phone was fully charged! When we got back to the car, my daughter put the WakaWaka POWER back up on the rear dash and said the sun will recharge the unit and it would be ready to go again. I like the stealthy look of the all black unit. I noticed the light on this unit is much brighter than on the original WakaWaka Solar Lamp which I use all the time. I now have a couple of POWER units that are always within reach.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2013
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
The concept on this product is awesome. The reliability of it failed and i returned it. A device i get for emergency purposes needs live up to a relevant expectation of quality.

I received this product in the mail and initially charged it via an outlet in my house. It had a few nicks and scratches on the panel, but didn't look horrible. I was really excited to give it a shot. Once it indicated it was fully charged, i took it with me for a day outing. Not long into it, my boyfriend needed to charge his blackberry, so we pulled out the wakawaka. It would not charge his blackberry. The flashlight and sos signal was working on the wakawaka, so i assumed operator or blackberry error. Upon getting home, i retrieved the box and followed all the instructions (which weren't any different than what we did). It still would not charge his blackberry, so we tried my S4. No dice.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2013
Color Name: YellowVerified Purchase
This product has a lot of uses and it recharges by the sun. So, at night you can run it for light, then hook up your cell phone or tablet and let it charge, and then in the day when its sunny and you don't need the wakka wakka for light, just place it in the sun and it powers back up to repeat. I got this because after hurricane sandy many people had no power for an extended period of time and this device solves two problems in that kind of situation. It has other uses as well though, if you camp, just throw it on the back of your ruck to charge while you are walking, and then at night you've got light. No more hauling around large camp lights and extra batteries. If you are doing something like the AT you will really appreciate saving the weight. You can also use it as a flashlight or if you walk at night use it for safety, its got the ability to have different light settings for different uses, so its really handy. I really love this product and think that every household should have one.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2013
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
We bought this to have for camping, and we LOVE IT! It is very compact, charges easily, and is great for keeping your small mobile devices charged! The lamp is plenty bright and I love that it points down so you don't get the light blasting straight into your eyes. It is a wonderful product!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2013
Color Name: YellowVerified Purchase
I typically don't take the time to review products that I buy, but I love this little gadget so much, I just have to share. I live and play hard in the mountains of Tahoe, and also travel quite a bit, and I have put the WakaWaka to the test. Long story short...for travel, hiking, and camping, it is simply a must-have for me. It has also come in handy at home when the power goes out (which happens often in the winter here), and around the garage/yard when I'm doing projects and need a light.

The design is simple yet effective, the durability is awesome, and the performance has never disappointed. It packs enough juice and charge-holding power that it changes the way I pack and plan. For example, I recently bought a camper trailer, and have been doing a fair share of "dry camping" (i.e. without hookups). Rather than install a fixed (and more expensive) solar panel system on the RV, I just take along 2 WakaWaka's, and we have more than enough light and gadget-charging capability, for both me and my wife, which totally saves the RV's batteries for other stuff. Or, for general travel, I often now leave the headlamp and wall plugs at home, and instead just bring the WakaWaka.

I have not suffered any of the disappointments mentioned by some of the other reviewers. If you understand how it works and what it was designed for, you will not be disappointed either. As for compatibility: I have lots of different gadgets, big and small, Apple and non-Apple, and it definitely charges every one of them. It's USB, people...if you think your gadget is not compatible, you are either mistaken, or using some obscure technology from another planet.

And if all this wasn't enough, we can also feel good about supporting the mission of the company and the foundation, which is to bring sustainable power and light to those in developing areas who don't have it. Take a moment to read up on that. This product truly deserves 5 stars in my book...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2013
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
If you are looking for an emergency or even a standard compact charger this is for you. I owned two of these, yes owned past tense, as I took one home on vacation where my father and I used it often enough to recharge an iPhone that he commandeered it.

Not only does it recharge stuff it also has two LEDs that are quite bright for searching for something in a car, tent whatever. The only thing I've ever had to do to charge it is stick it on the dash of the car or hang it off the top of my pack.

If you want a reliable solar recharger this is it. Huge, huge, huge HIT in my opinion! Cheers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2014
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
The only time it charged up is if I plugged it into the wall. I connected my cell charger to it, and it would't even register that it was there. Too bad. Good thing to have in theory. I had to send it back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2014
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
Bought a couple of these for my husband and I, especially for reading when light wasn't available. I've had solar lights before, but this is better than anything I've tried before. Very easy to charge, even charges on pretty cloudy days. The light it puts out is very bright. I love the way it's so adjustable both for charging & for using the light. I have an old flip type cell phone & yesterday it was nearly dead & I needed to go somewhere, so couldn't plug it in. Wondered if the WakaWaka would charge it...and it did. I've not found anything I don't like about this neat little light and plan on buying some for my kids. Whether you use it daily (as we do) or keep around for emergencies, it's a handy little light. My only concern is a way to safely transport it. I'm currently looking for some sort of little padded pouch that would protect the solar panel, but have just wrapped it in some clothes in my suitcase up to this time. One more thing; The reason I chose this particular light when researching was because of the reviews I read on this site. They were very helpful.
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