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EnerPlex - iPhoneSolarCharger by Ascent

3.2 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
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Product Description

EnerPlex Solar Charger - iPhone 4/4S - Black with Silver Edges. EnerPlex for iPhone is touted as the thinnest and lightest solar-enabled iPhone case on the market. "Made for iPhone" with 1/100th of the material needed for traditional solar technology. Power in Your Pocket EnerPlex is the slimmest and lightest solar assisted & battery integrated phone case available today. This is the ultimate iPhoneSolarCharger on the market today. Utilizing Ascent Solar's transformational CIGS technology the case weighs only 72 grams, but provides your iPhone with 66% more battery life. The EnerPlex Solar Charger uses flexible solar panels to provide supplementary charging with sunlight, in addition to conventional charging methods. EnerPlex for iPhone was designed and built to mirror the sleek and industrial lines of the iPhone 4 and 4s, and at only 72 grams you barely notice its there. With a full charge, the EnerPlex charger adds up to 170 hours of standby time, up to 3.5 hours of web surfing, up to 5.6 hours of Wi-Fi, up to 19 hours of audio play, and up to 5.6 hours of video playback.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.8 x 3 x 3 inches
Item Weight 0.3 ounces
Shipping Weight 0.3 ounces
ASIN B0093ROA0W
Item model number iPhone4/4S
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3.2 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #365,778 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
#179,309 in Cell Phones & Accessories > Cases > Cases

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OK, first off, all of the negative reviews about this thing are bull.

I decided to take a risk and buy this thing, because some of the negative reviews are absolutely brainless..let's see what I mean by that:

These idiots are leaving this thing on their dashboard and expecting it to magically charge their iPhone...WINDSHIELDS BLOCK MOST OF THE WAVELENGTHS OF LIGHT NEEDED TO CHARGE SOLAR DEVICES!!!! Others are using incandescent bulbs or floodlights to charge it and are not noticing the iPhone charging...that's probably because this charger doesn't charge the iPhone, it charges a badass little battery built into the case, which in turn charges your iPhone and extra 50% or so.

If you can't take the time to understand how a device works, then you shouldn't take the time to write an uninformed review. Seriously, people do some damn research.

OK now that I'm done ranting...this thing works great, for its intended purpose. It is not designed to constantly charge your iPhone via the solar cell. It will constantly charge a rather large capacity battery that will trickle charge your iPhone and give you a much longer time between full charges. I have used this thing out in the middle of nowhere and been able to go 4 days without plugging it in when I turn off WiFi and Bluetooth(not needed out in the field) and dim the screen a little bit, and that is with letting it sit solar-panel-up when I take breaks or eat lunch. It provided plenty of power for me to use my compass app and GPS apps the entire time I was out there. I let it completely die, and put it out in the sun to see how long it would take to get a useful charge.
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I bought the solar charger for my I-phone 4S for two reasons. I was always running out of battery life before the day was out because my grandchildren would play games on it, I monitor the stock market throughout the day and I would use a traffic app which is a power hog. The back up battery that comes with the solar charger gives me two to three additional days between charging. The second reason is I wanted a solar charger for when the big one hits in LA. Bottom line, the instructions that came with the device were poorly written, but the functionality of the device is worthy of a four star. I plan to get one for my wife. However, she will not attach it to her phone but will leave it in her purse fully charged and use it for emergencies. She thinks it is a little too heavy but likes the security knowing she will never run out of battery life when she needs it. The solar function does work but it is not as fast as plugging your phone into a wall socket.
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Good day I live in Caracas, Venezuela and bought the Enerplex - iphone solar charger because we go to the beach a lot and we have sun all year around.
The pros: It is a good protector when it drops to the ground (twice). You can charge the iphone battery direct and then the charger with AC current.
The No:
1-Even the blue light of the charging indicator say full, when used only charge 60% back to the iphone battery.
2-When under the sun at the beach, it gets too hot and activates the protecting system of the iphone.
3-Did not come with the charging stand, so when is put against the sun, I cannot see the charging lights. The design should be with the charging liths on the other side, so we can see if it is charging.
Finally, it did not full-fill my expectative.
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Before you purchase this product, read all of the reviews for yourself. Notice things such as the date span of the reviews, the same broken English in all of them, ALL are 5 stars, the repeated mention of the solar charger being a plus as if the case were the primary selling point, the fact that every one of those 5 star reviews was the ONLY review each of those accounts had ever left, etc. etc.. If you still fall for it, you deserve to spend your money on this. And no, I'm not the same guy that already flagged these reviews as being fake, which you can see simply by looking at the age of my account and the other reviews I've posted over the years.

As with every other level of solar energy technology, solar chargers for portable devices aren't remotely ready for prime time, and won't be for the foreseeable future. They'll provide life saving emergency power if you're stranded in the middle of nowhere with your cell phone, but you'll spend hours building up enough of a charge (IF there's strong direct light) to power your modern smart phone long enough to make a couple 911 phone calls. Same goes for the hand crank portable chargers. Go and check out other portable solar chargers with REAL reviews, and you'll find the same stories with all of them. They're a pipe dream and are only useful in emergencies.

And oh yeah, about those similar "As Seen On TV" solar charges being sold under the Bell & Howell name... Bell & Howell hasn't produced anything for many, many years. When a shady, no-name company wants to try and make a quick buck off of a sham product, they'll pay companies such as Bell & Howell a royalty for the right to slap their name on it, which is precisely the case with their solar charger. Check into it for yourself.
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