Solio Bolt Battery Pack + Solar Charger
|Power Source||Solar Powered|
|Item Weight||150 Grams|
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- Anything - Simply connect to the Bolt using your device's own USB charging cable, no need for extra tips or unneeded cables.
- Anytime - Holds charge for up to a year in it's 2000mAh rechargeable/replaceable battery. The Bolt will give most Smartphones two complete charges.
- Anywhere -Charge the Bolt from the Sun, USB port, or the wall. Just insert a pencil into the middle - and prop towards the sun, use the included USB charging cable, or by using a USB wall adapter (sold separately)
- Your Solio Bolt includes: Solio Bolt Solar Charger, USB charge- in cable/Micro-USB charge out cable, Pencil, Quick Start Guide
- Battery pack and solar charger keeps electronic devices fully charged via on-board battery and rotating solar panels; charges thousands of popular USB powered gadgets
- Accepts charge from the sun via two high-efficiency solar panels, micro-USB power in-port, or wall outlet with optional adapter (sold separately), and holds charge for up to a year
- Multi-function LED light indicates battery level and charging status , and one full BOLT charge will give most smartphones two (or more) complete charges
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S620-AH1RW Features: -Bolt battery pack and solar charger.-Compact for travel.-Heat and chemistry.-Charging efficiency.-Simple fast charging.-One button does it all.-Sundial for energy capture.-Charge when sun goes down.-Provide power to multiple devices while on the go.-Maximum wattage: 5.-Charge time via sun: 8-10 hours.-Charge time via usb port/wall charger: 4 Hours 30 minutes.-Battery life 3 Years.-Comes with micro USB to USB cable for charging bolt via USB port/USB port wall adapter can also be used as charging cord for micro-USB devices and pencil.-Capacity: 5.3 Ounce. Color/Finish: -Color: Pearl white. Specifications: -Charge rate: 5-5.5V 450mAh.-Discharge rate: Fixed 5V, 1,000mAh.-Battery: 3.7V/2,000mAh Li-poly user replaceable. Dimensions: -1.5'' H x 5'' W x 7.75'' D, 0.6 lb.
|Lights||Smartphones||Cameras||GPS||E-Readers||USB Cell Batteries|
|Simple, fast charging |
The 1Amp output of the BOLT charges target devices at the same rate as a typical wall charger. On average, a smartphone goes from zero to full in just under three hours.
|Sundial for energy capture |
The innovative design of the BOLT allows a simple pencil (included) to be inserted into the center, which makes the BOLT act like a sundial. Simply point the BOLT towards the sun and rotate it until the pencil no longer casts a shadow. A full day in direct sunlight completely charges the BOLT’s on-board 2000mAh Li-Poly battery.
|One-button operation |
The BOLT has a single LED push button. When it's capturing energy from the sun or USB, the button lights up red. Push the button one time and the BOLT flashes one to five times to indicate battery level, then begins energy output. Push the button one more time to turn the power off.
|Charging efficiency |
While electronics are changing all the time, there are two standard charging specs that devices adhere to -- a CTIA standard charge output, which most devices follow, and an Apple charge output which Apple products follow. The BOLT is designed to switch modes, allowing for the most efficient charging of all devices, regardless of which charging mode they require. When the BOLT’s LED button is green, this indicates it is in CTIA charging output mode. To switch modes, simply hold down the button for five seconds and release. The button will then light up blue, indicating it is now in a mode optimized for Apple products like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod.
|Heat and chemistry |
A high temperature-rated Li-Poly battery is unlike other battery chemistries, working in high-heat with a 60C specification which means the heat of the sun never interrupts efficient solar charging. When the useful life of the rechargeable battery is over, the BOLT’s battery is easily user-replaceable.
|Charge when the sun goes down |
The BOLT’s battery can be re-charged via the micro-USB port using the included USB charging cable. From USB, the BOLT’s battery charges to full capacity in 4.5 hours.
|Compact for travel |
When the BOLT is not spun open to capture energy from the sun, it folds closed into a compact package that fits in the palm of your hand. At only 5.3 ounces, it stows easily, providing battery back-up for USB powered electronics while on-the-go.
- Five-watt maximum wattage
- Fixed 5V, 1,000mAh discharge rate
- 5-5.5V 450mAh charge rate
- Four-hour, 30-minute charge time via USB port/wall charger
- Eight-to-ten-hour charge time via sun
- Three-year average battery life
- 3.7V/2,000mAh Li-Poly battery
- Measures 3.5 by one by 3.5 inches (W x H x D)
- 5.3-ounce weight
What's in the box?
- Solio Bolt solar charger
- USB charge-in cable
- Micro-USB charge-out cable
- Quick Start Guide
Solio is the brand name of Better Energy Systems Inc, a private company based in Oakland, California with teams in the United Kingdom and Kenya. The company was founded in 2002 to design, develop, and market power products for handheld electronics. The company's stated mission is to "bring clean, renewable energy into the daily lives of people throughout the world, making better energy a way of life for everyone," which it seeks to accomplish by:
- Providing energy equality, the belief that all people -- regardless of geography or economic standing -- are entitled to clean energy and light
- Engaging in the fight against poverty by implementing new ways to bring sustainable power and light to people at the base of the economic pyramid
- Making renewable energy innovations widely and affordably available, in order to enable a global shift toward new energy infrastructure
Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF ]
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 3.5 x 3.5 x 1 inches; 5.29 Ounces
- Item model number : S620-AH1RW
- Date First Available : June 27, 2011
- Manufacturer : Better Energy Systems
- ASIN : B005AEQ43I
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UPDATE: The battery has stopped recharging. It is supposed to be replaceable, but I ordered a new battery months ago and never even heard back from them. I think it's time to give up.
Any solar charger requires optimal positioning for peak performance. The pencil stand is an elegant multiple use design element. Outside of a pencil it allows for simple ideal pitch and positioning of the Bolt towards the sun. Think Lahaina Noon! If you are unwilling to deal with this fiddle factor solar may not be a good choice. If your primary source of recharging energy is an electrical socket, but would like solar as a backup or charge maintenance option the Bolt should meet your needs. For those going solar only one must consider the Bolt limitations. Relatively long charge times even under ideal conditions and relatively low capacity. Realistic limitations given the price & size of the bolt.
Purchased the Bolt to primarily charge two low capacity items(Petzl Core battery pack & KT)that I take traveling. Electricity is either unavailable or bit sketchy at some of the destinations. Weather resistance & high temp rated Li-ion battery are a plus. Gave only 4*. Wish it was a tad bit more compact(thinner) and not sure of the overall durability of the Bolt.
Overall consider the Bolt a relatively compact, light and functional solar powered charger. Solio Bolt Solar Charger (Pearl White)
March 20,2013 update:
Upgrade to 5*. The Bolt is little over 1 year old and still working. Just completed charging the Kindle Touch(KT). The KT charge was at~50% depleted. The Bolt still had couple green flashes of charge left. Heavy overcast today. Doubt if the Bolt was drawing much solar energy while charging the KT. Most extensive daily use was for little over 3 weeks while on the Sinai. Plenty of strong daily sunlight to keep the Petzl Core, mobile phone & KT charged. The Bolt has been subjected to hot temps (+30*C), cooler temps (-3*C), sandstorms and days of consecutive use. Packing the Bolt beats packing a bunch of plug adapters and spare batteries.
August 15, 2014 update:
Recent purchase of the iPad Mini Retina. + 6000mAh of battery capacity packed into this tablet. On paper the Bolt with a new fully charged battery should add ~2000mAh of juice to the iPad. Use & time has reduced the Bolt's battery capacity down to charging the iPad only by ~15% or ~ 1000mAh. The old Bolt is starting to look a bit travel worn. 5 different continents, exposure to sea salt mist, sandstorms, freezing to + 35*C temps except for a tired battery have not degraded the function of this unit. Contacting the people @ Solio with a suggestion to increase the next gen Hub capacity from the current 2000mAh(same as the Bolt) to at least the Classic2 3700mAh battery I commented about my dying Bolt battery. Did not request & did not expect a replacement battery. They read my suggestion and are sending a replacement battery. +5*****customer service.
Note regarding lipos and solar charging. The slow nature of solar charging reduces the chance of exceeding the C(charge rate), reducing the chance of premature death of the battery. Or worst, the lipo fire. For long term storage (>a few days) lipos are happiest at ~3.85v or ~ 3 blinks of the Bolt''s LED.
If the relatively slow charging character of solar & limited capacity is not an issue. A reliable, durable, relatively compact & light unit are important. The Bolt will meet your needs.
Negatives; it appears to need to be open to charge the device. As in other reviews the "power" button is not recessed enough and it's difficult to tell when it's on or off except to see it blinking. The concern is being inadvertently turned on. I apparently left it on once and there was no charge when I went to use it. It's not as rugged when open as I had hoped so I was concerned about it hanging on my backpack and getting damaged. I was looking for something to take on hiking trips, etc. This is the main reason for the 3 vs. 4 star rating. I haven't been able to tell if it will still charge itself while it's charging a device once the device is fully charged.
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The website says they will hold a charge for up to a year. Rubbish, complete waste of money.