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Solio Bolt Solar Charger

3.7 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
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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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The Solio Bolt solar charger is the perfect solution for recharging electronics in the backcountry or having an easy and free way to power up in an emergency. Its onboard battery and rotating solar panels allow the Bolt to charge anything from a smartphone, cell phone and MP3 player to an e-reader, GPS or camera. The Bolt can be charged from the sun, USB port or the wall and in turn uses the devices charging cable to charge from its USB port. It's never been easier to plug into the sun.Bolt utilizes a high temperature rated Li-Poly rechargeable battery which provides for efficient charging in high heat..Includes a pencil which once inserted into the center acts as a sundial, allowing user to most effectively position panels for charging..Also includes Micro-USB to USB cable for charging the Bolt via USB port/wall adapter.

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  • ASIN: B00SM770A6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,830 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Color: Pearl White
I bought a Solio Bolt when they were first released as a backup external battery for my HTC Desire smartphone. My well-used phone struggles to get through a busy day on a single charge, and I was keen to have an emergency power source for when I was travelling. The ability to use it to charge any USB-rechargeable gadget (eg. my kids iPods) without the need for various adaptors made it a very attractive option.

The Solio site claims "The Bolt will give most smartphones two + complete charges!" Well, I don't know about most smartphones, but mine has a 1400mAh battery, so expecting two complete charges from the Bolt's 2000mAh battery was always going to seem a little, um, heroic. A fully charged Bolt actually recharges my 1400mAh battery to about 90% of its capacity (taking about 2 hours to do so, before the Bolt runs dry). That loss of efficiency is probably to be expected, and may actually be pretty good compared to other devices, but it does mean the Bolt falls somewhat short of what the marketing bumpf might lead you to believe.

Similarly, my real-world experience of the charging times are a little longer than the advertised specs. From a usb cable plugged into a wall charger, about 7.8 hours rather than 4.5 (in Australia and France). From the solar panels, closer to 15-20 hours rather than 10-12, but probably because in the real world you are not constantly monitoring it to optimise its angle to the sun, or you have left it to charge through glass on a window sill, etc. Which still impresses me, but it is a pity the competition for customers means that manufacturers of these sort of devices can't risk advertising more realistic real-world specs.

Finally, watch out for the Bolt's multi-function LED button.
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Color: Pearl White
I've had my Solio Bolt for over a month now and it works great with both my iPhone 4 and iPad 2. I'll admit that I'm not diligent enough in adjusting my Bolt when charging via the sun to adjust it regularly but it charges close to full while I'm out backpacking and camping. I'm guessing that if I were to adjust it more regularly I'd get even better results. The Bolt routinely recharges my iPhone which I rely quite a bit while I'm out for the day. It's great to be able to come back and recharge my phone overnight and be ready to go in the morning.
I can also use the Bolt to provide a boost to my iPad 2. Clearly the 2000mAh battery isn't large enough to fully recharge the iPad but I can watch movies and not be concerned with running out of power while backpacking and camping.
The built in USB port means that if I get any new devices (I just have the two Apple products at the moment) I just need a USB cable and I'm all set.
I'd recommend this to anyone going camping or needing a battery backup in case of emergency.
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Purpose: Wanted to be able to charge my iPhone 4S on the backcountry. I use it for maps/gps/phone/camera/light. Using just a phone decreases my overall weight, but battery life is a problem. Previously I had brought a single spare battery, but could only use my phone for key things (and had to carry separate maps/light/camera).

Context: Initial 2 days of use only around house. Have compared to the GoalZero Adventure Kit (which was too heavy and not iPhone 4S friendly). Plan to review the Solarmio Pro from REI (lighter than the GoalZero Kit). I've looked online a fair amount already, and want something for a long hike.

- 5oz, one of the lightest I've seen
- charges iPhone 4S and 3GS without issue. Holds about a single full charge in the battery (I'll update this review if I get any more out of it). I tested a 3 light/60% Bolt charge, which transfered to about a 60% iPhone boost.
- Very compact

- Single hole located in center will require a little work to get it to sit upright correctly on my pack while hiking.
- Does not charge fast even given full sun (that's what you get for a small unit!)

Overall, very pleased so far. Will see how it goes in the backcountry for a prolonged hike. I'm not going to bet my life on this (e.g. I'll basically know where I'm going if I'm not carrying maps). However, for the light-weight hiker who uses an iPhone, this might be the best one out there.
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Color: Pearl White
I bought the Solio Bolt mainly as a way to recharge my iPhone when travelling. Generally, if travelling by car, I have a car charger handy, but by air, it can sometimes be difficult to charge the phone, or it causes you to be tied to a certain location. I also wanted an option in case of a power outage, which is an unlikely event, but did happen a few years ago for 3 days. Having one of these would have allowed us to keep our phones charged.

As others have stated, the charging capacity is a little overhyped. I was down to about 50% on my iPhone 4S when I decided to charge it from a fully charged Bolt, and after it reached 100%, I turned the Bolt off, and then checked it's level, and it indicated 40%. This indicates to me, that it could possibly fully charge my iPhone to 90-100%, once, from a dead phone. This is fine for me, I didn't want something huge and bulky, basically just something to give the phone a boost to get me through a day. I will generally always have a power adapter to plug into the wall to charge the phone overnight, so that's not a concern.

I also have a few quirks about the design, and they primarily pertain to the power button. I recharged the Bolt from a wall adapter USB socket, until fully charged. At this time, I tried to check the level of the battery, by pressing the button. No matter what I did, I could not get the button to operate at all. I tried pushing it, holding it down, nothing. After thinking I was going to have to return it (which would be a headache, as I bought it on a trip to California), I realized that I had to slightly push the button (which doubles as the LED indicator--it's a light pipe, basically) towards the side of the housing, then push down on it.
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