EnerPlex - iPhoneSolarCharger by Ascent
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- iPhone Solar Charger
- CIGS Flexible Solar Panel
- 1000mAh Li-ion Polymer Battery
- Hybrid Power Pack - Battery Inside
- iPhone 4/4S
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The case never charged by solar. Bulky, no screen protection from case which doesn't make any sense because if you're going to charge it solar you would lay your phone facedown.Published 3 months ago by john edwares
It was really cool when it first came out, but man is it heavy and the amount of solar charge it draws is tiny. Read morePublished 11 months ago by DMoney
Nice to have as an option when theres nowhere to charge, but charges very slow, and requires a prior charge to startup and work!Published 17 months ago by C84
I got this product from an EnerPlex kiosk at my local outlet mall for $20. I definitely recommend checking your local mall before purchasing this item through online retailers. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bridget McMahon
I charge my phone maybe once every two days, and use it frequently. Your phone has 2100 mAh, this case, charged by a faster-capacity micro-USB that feeds into a 3000mAh battery,... Read morePublished on August 29, 2014 by Chris Dall