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ReadySet 15-watt Solar Power System
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- Complete kit includes ReadySet battery in rugged enclosure, 3W LED light, 15W solar panel, USB Li-ion battery charger, grid charger, and USB Universal Battery Charger that allows you to charge any 3.7-volt Lithium battery (for phones, cameras etc.)
- Charge a wide range of devices with solar power including smart phones, cameras, radios, tablets, ebooks, speakers and more...
- Charge battery with solar panel in as quickly as 6-8 hours of full sun, or from the grid in 4-6 hours. Powers accessories while charging.
- Stores 54 watt-hours of energy - equivalent to charging up to 10 iPhones or powering a 3W LED light for 15 hours on a single charge.
- Designed originally for Africa. The ReadySet is rugged, portable, and easy to use. Now available in the US to power a tailgate, camping trip, or for use in case of an emergency.
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Whether you're on your next outdoor adventure, looking for that perfect addition to your emergency preparedness kit, or simply wishing to go on a carbon-diet the ReadySet can meet your power needs. This complete power system enables charging from a 15-watt solar panel (weatherproof & waterproof) or from the provided grid charger. Plus, the open standard inputs can work with alternative sources of power generation (design a small windmill!) With 54 watt-hours of energy stored in the ReadySet battery combined with open standard outputs (two 12-volt Car Lighter Sockets and two 5-volt USB ports), you have the option to charge a range of devices including iPhones, iPads, android phones, lights, ebooks, MP3 players and laptops (up to 72W). You can also power a pocket radio or even a Wi-Fi hot spot. This complete solar power system has everything you need including the ReadySet battery, ultra bright 3W LED light, 15-watt solar panel, USB Li-ion battery charger, grid charger, and USB Universal Battery Charger that allows you to charge any 3.7-volt Lithium battery (for phones, cameras etc.). It comes complete with an instruction manual, 6-month limited warranty, and is fully FCC certified. For more information you can also check out our reviews by the world’s top publications including Wired magazine, TechCrunch, The Huffington Post and The New York Times and our website: www.fenixintl.com
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I originally purchased my ReadySet by being a Kickstarter backer last year and in turn received my unit ahead of the public release. I'm going to repost a review I did on a blog site I post at [...] since it makes no sense in rewriting the same review. :) [...]
Back around July 13th, I stumbled upon a very interesting Kickstarter project by Fenix International, the ReadySet Solar Kit. The purpose behind this project was to develop a quick, easy, and durable charging solution. Such a kit would be extremely useful during natural disasters when power is limited. I donated and helped fund the project; and thus, I have received early access to the kit.
Being a tech geek, having an off-the-grid charging solution has been my holy grail. Solar technology up until the last 2 years was promising but lacking in efficiency rates. However, progress recently in solar cell technology has helped advance solar development tremendously in the portable realm and has sparked the recent rise of the social funded projects. Kickstarter is helping to crowdfund several of these projects.
Contents, Packaging, and Build Quality
I donated $225 for the project and therefore received the standard kit. My box contained the following items:
ReadySet Intelligent Battery (12V, 9000mAh battery)
15-watt Solar Panel
AC Electric Wall Charger (USA plug)
3-watt High Efficiency LED Light
USB Universal Clip Charger
The packaging is excellent and even sported a thoughtful handle. Everything is packaged securely. The solar panel has a peak rate of 15w. I have yet to fully test it since it has been cloudy this whole week. I will post an update to this when I get some sunny days. The ReadySet team says it takes 8-10 hours in direct sunlight which seems very acceptable. The panel is very solid feeling and a bit heavier than I expected. It has two power leads that easily connect to the main ReadySet battery unit.
The ReadySet charging unit feels durable. It has 2 x 12 volt front car charging slots, 2 usb ports, several led lights, and a single button. The underside area has two leads that let you connect your AC charger which allows full traditional on-the-grid charging in 4-6 hours. Additionally, there is a Velo bike kit available that allows you to use a bike to recharge the unit's battery as well.
1. On-the-grid via an AC Adapter
2. Solar panel (included or other types)
3. Velo bike recharge kit (not yet released but coming soon!)
The device is not fancy, but I believe that is the way it should be. The device is no way unattractive, and all items feel solid and sturdy. The solar panel can be exposed to rain and water but should be stored in a dry area. The ReadySet unit itself appears to be rugged but should not be put in direct water or wet areas.
The ReadySet states that once charged it can charge an iPhone about 10 times. For my first test I charged an iPhone 4 from dead to 100%, and I was able to charge my Dell XT Laptop from dead to 50% before I depleted all the juice. I used a portable AC inverter to charge my laptop so that too would be drawing power. Getting a fully powered mobile phone and half charged computer from a solar charging system seems exceptional to me.
There is also an included LED light bulb that plugs in and allows you use the ReadySet for 10 hours worth of light.
Having the three various charging methods make this kit powerfully useful. For example, I plan to use this kit next summer while camping to keep my mobile devices and radio powered. It will be an essential component of my emergency stores.
Availability is still limited to early Kickstarter backers; however, availability should open up within the next few months to the public. Once it does, I believe this project will be very successful. If you have ever thought about having an off-the-grid charger or just an emergency portable charger, this is a great and versatile kit.
I strongly recommend it!!
- Most importantly, battery did not degrade. After more than a year, the ReadySet showed no signs of battery degradation. Our Duracell 12V batteries lost their ability to hold a charge after a few months. Now we have 2 big non-functional Duracell batteries .. so wasteful. The 12V Duracells just can't take frequent, repeated charging. After they wore down, we became especially fond of the ReadySet - the little engine that could!
- If we were ever in a pinch, we'd simply plug the ReadySet into the wall overnight (environmentally the best time use grid electricity). I think it only takes a couple hrs to charge up, so we'd have a fresh full battery waiting for us in the morning.
- USB ports - key for charging phones and iPads
- Nice light display telling you how much charge remains .. neither display on our Duracell's worked - go figure.
We now have a permanent space with grid-connected electricity, but I am amazed that the ReadySet got us thru more than a year of business without electricity.
I also keep the USB battery charger in my backpack at all times for charging my camera and phone batteries on the road without lugging around a bunch of extra chargers.
For a fraction of the cost of a generator (and without the maintenance or hassle of dealing with gas cans) I can maintain my digital life, and more importantly my marriage (by not missing the toilet in the pitch black) when the power goes out. And it's "green" too!
This also works great when they want to take the unit down to the dock and use it where there is no electricity available.
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