|Item Weight||2.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||11 x 2 x 8 inches|
|Item model number||JOR-0002|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required.|
|Manufacturer Part Number||JOR-0002|
Solar Joos Orange Portable Solar Charger
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- Versatile. Portable. Reliable.
- JOOS Orange is designed to charge all personal electronic devices (cell phones, smart phones, iPad, iPhone, MP3 players, GPS devices, portable game devices, Sat Phones etc.)
- Powerful and fast. JOOS Orange captures up to 20 times more energy than other solar chargers. 1 hour in the direct sun = 2 hours 3G talk time.
- Its thin rectangular shape makes JOOS Orange easy to carry and store. Adjustable legs make pointing it towards the sun a breeze. And, if you don't get outside much, the on-board battery can be charged from your computer or any USB power source.
- The internal battery pack will keep its charge for years. And the JOOS Orange keeps charging when submerged in water.
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Top Customer Reviews
Of all the choices out there today, one of the seemingly clunkiest has got to be the Joos Orange.
At 1.5 lbs, it's certainly not light, and at 5400mAh, it's weight to battery capacity ratio is far far below average. A 5400mAh battery can charge an iPhone 2.5 times. At that capacity, external batteries that have no solar panel or ruggedness are far far smaller. In fact, batteries of roughly 1.5lbs typically hold over 11,000mAh or more, more than double the capacity of the Joos Orange.
And solar panels, no matter how incredibly efficient, are still not very efficient at all.
So, why do I LOVE this solar panel battery so much?
Three main reasons and one small reason:
- FIRST, it's got the most efficient solar panel I've seen yet. Keeping in mind that I can't really tell the efficiency difference between a 3" solar panel, a folding textile based solar panel, and the Joos Orange panel, the only factor I can really use is how fast it charges. The Joos can charge its internal battery via the sun about 5% every hour, requiring 18-22 hours to fully charge. That would typically mean about 3 days of charging by sun to get one full charge of the 5400mAh built in battery. But since a fully charged Joos Orange battery charges an iPhone to 100% 2.5 times, the Joos battery really only needs about a 35-40% charge on itself in order to get an iPhone from 0-100%. Basically, that means just over 1 day of solar charging = 1 full iPhone charge.Read more ›
Everyone else was recharging their phones in the cars or the bathroom at the campground - not me! I ended the week with a nearly-full battery in the Joos, despite running the phone down to 15% during the day (combination of poor cell signal, GPS addiction, and doubling as my primary camera). I took 300 photos on my Droid that week, as my pocket camera broke.
I'm currently running a Droid3 (bigger battery, but longer run-time than the original), and can charge it twice from a full JOOS. So I figure I can last 6 days without any sun.
Lastly, a tip: This thing performs great in the snow. On a bright March day with snow on the ground, I can get 1.8 watts - which is as good as I can get in June.
Another tip: Some phones like to turn the screen on when they're charging, thinking that they're on wall power. Turn off the screen and put the phone into "airplane mode" while charging, otherwise the phone will waste power.
The devices I wanted to charge were:
- iPhone (I loaded up the Gaia GPS, which is fantastic; just remember to load maps BEFORE going out of communication range, played music, and have the Nook app as well as a PDF app for reading material such as the Lonely Planet and some PDFs on trekking notes on the area)
- a Nook (first gen (the batteries last forever on that model); the iPhone Nook app was a backup)
- a USB battery charger (Sanyo eneloop, for AAA batteries for a headlamp/torch)
- Canon 5d camera battery
The Joos charger did a great job on the iPhone. I had no issues keeping it going for a full month on nothing but solar charging, and charged it maybe every 6 - 7 days. I put the Joos out in the sun for around 4 hours every afternoon when we reached the camp for the day. It kept up very well.
I only had to charge the Nook once and the Joos did great on that too. (I am going to get a new iPad this summer, but would keep the nook for reading on a trek simply because the battery lasts for ever between charges.)
The Joos in practice was poor for charging AAA batteries on the eneloop USB battery charger. My headlamp went dead after a couple of weeks, since I used it for a couple of hours per night reading in the tent. Charging two AAA batteries sucked the Joos dry (apologies) and the batteries didn't seem even close to fully charged.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not only is this solar charger exceptionally heavy for it's size/capacity, it's virtually useless for charging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RobinB321
Worked perfectly for my emergency!
A runaway car came charging down the hill leading to my home in the cul de sac and took out the power to the transformer and my house! Read more
I took it backpacking on a weekend trip. I had it tied to the brain of my pack on two cloudless days. It charged about 20% each day. Read morePublished 5 months ago by loupeznik
Works as advertised. I have a backpack that I modified for this solar charger so that I could carry the charger w/ me @ music festivals (camping w/ no electricity), it was a little... Read morePublished 6 months ago by sarcastic1
Awesome product. After heavy research, I found this to be the best combination of effectiveness and durability in a solar charger. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hayden Stansbury
great product! super easy to use. Multiple connectors for a variety of items. Use this on hunting trips to recharge phones and gps equipment. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Toni
Large portable solar power charger that was great for charging laptops, tablets, phones, cameras and other small electronic devicesPublished 8 months ago by RMeyers2