Solio Universal Hybrid Solar Charger
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- Universal "hybrid" solar battery charger with internal battery for charging portable electronics
- Internal battery absorbs energy from 4 hours in the wall socket or 8 to 10 hours of direct sunlight
- Charges iPods, cell phones, MP3 players, PDAs, game players, GPS units, or digital cameras
- 3 blades spread out to absorb maximum sunlight; stores power for more than 1 year
- Includes global wall charger; measures 2.5 x 1.3 x 4.7 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
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|Item Weight||1 pound|
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The black Solio charges your electronics at the same rate as a conventional charger, and stores enough juice to fully charge an average cell phone at least twice or provide more than 20 hours of iPod tunes. In addition, the Solio can charge your electronics directly rather than relying on the built-in battery. An hour of sun, for instance, will deliver enough power for about 50 minutes of MP3 playing time or 10 minutes of cell phone talk time. Finally, the energy in the Solio's built-in battery doesn't need to be redeemed immediately, as it stores the juice for more than a year. The Solio, which measures 2.5 by 1.3 by 4.7 inches (W x H x D), is backed by a one-year warranty.
The Solio hybrid solar charger can power your cell phone, iPod, GPS, and almost any other small device.
- Nominal DC output: 3V, 2A
- Maximum wattage: 6 watts
- Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion 3.7V, 1.65A cell
- DC input: 5-6V 0.44 Ah
- Dimensions: 4.72 by 1.34 by 2.56 inches (W x H x D)
- Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Temperature range: -4 to 131 degrees F
The sun's energy has always been recognized as powerful. How powerful? The amount of energy that falls on the Earth in one hour is the same amount used by the world's population in one year. With these types of details in mind, Better Energy Systems created the Solio--a hybrid solar charger for small, portable, electronic gadgets. It was introduced at San Francisco's MacWorld in 2005, where it won Best of Show. The Solio quickly caught the consumer's imagination and interest, because it combined convenient, easy-to-use renewable energy with cutting-edge, award-winning design and engineering. With this combined value and appeal, the company continues to receive prestigious awards and acknowledgements for its family of four Solio models, and has now sold more solar systems than any other company in the world.
Top Customer Reviews
Even the manual say it takes two days of sun to fully charge the battery. I placed it in a West facing window for a week and it never fully charged. The company said the usual stuff. Window coating can diminish results, clouds, haze, etc. Plus the instructions say it has to be pointed right at the sun to charge correctly. So if you are driving West with the device on the front windshield it still won't charge correctly. You have to point it RIGHT at the sun.
I laid it on my deck. It was drenched in sun and still didn't get a good charge.
If you plug it into a wall outlet overnight then it will do a good job as a backup battery. But that isn't why I bought it.
Plus it doesn't work quite right with iPods. When you plug the iPod in and hit the start button on the Solio, the Solio will charge the iPod. But after a few hours it will quit charging and the iPod will run off the internal battery until you hit start on the Solio again.
Solio tech support said this is a known issue.
I guess I will try again in a few years.
Great idea, just not ready for prime time.
The connectors that it comes with are great! and the design is really nice.
p.s after impulse buying this I researched and found possibly better alternatives like solar rolls from brunton. Looks like you can get more for your buck.
My only concern is whether or not the Solio is waterproof enough to leave out on days when it might rain. The manual says "do not immerse in water", and putting the Solio in a clear waterproof baggie might be the answer, but I did not test this.
I wish there was an attachment to charge a Canon NB-4L battery, but so far I have been unable to find one.
What I like about the solio is it can store energy i have other solar devices but once the sun sets they do you no good. With the solio you can leave it out in the sun and then charge your items at night, which make it good for camping and hiking. Do not expect to leave this in a window and get a good charge, it will simply not work. That is not a fault of the solio many different solar items do not work well through a window. Its small so you can take it with you different places and stick it outside a window wherever to store energy for later. Also its a cool design and looks interesting people really enjoy it.
There are some down sides it takes a long time to charge it fully. I need one day of full sun usually one and a half to charge it fully. The other down side is when i charge my phone that is 50% worn down it takes 75% of the solio's energy to bring the phone to 100% but i believe that is because my cellphone battery holds more energy than the solio's battery.
Overall the solio is a cool gadget that does work. However, i have a brunton solarport and that does work better. The solio is good for bringing along and storing energy to charge/run devices later on at night. I recommend it.
It could have been an integral part of my earthquake kit (we do live in Los Angeles).
But it didn't really work for me. First off, charging it in the car is pointless and slow. It requires direct sunlight so even a tree giving some shade makes it not charge. Secondly, it takes about eight hours to charge fully, that means you have to follow the sun for eight hours.
Unless you live in a yurt, you probably only get a few hours of sunlight from each window. Which brings me to my third point.
It charges best when left outside.
Nope, it's a $90 item and I don't want to leave it lying around outside.
I get that it's hip to be green and pink is fun and playful, the design it beautiful and the freebies are flowing with these (everyone at fashion week LA got one) but it just doesn't do what it's supposed to do.
I'll wait for the second generation, hopefully it will work better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have not been able to get it to charge up properly. But the accessories and charger work fine with my
I charged up the Solio, and tried it out on an iPhone, but nothing happened. It didn't work at all.Published on November 21, 2013 by jo ann graf
I plugged the charger in over night. The next day it charged my phone without problem. After sitting in the sun in the morning, the charger was ready to go again/Published on September 12, 2013 by Susan
Only 4 phone tips are provided with this charger. I could not find the right tip for my Nokia phone which uses a thinner tip. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Lim Lian Ching
I bought this to charge my phone when I'm out camping, on vacation, etc. It'll charge up just fine from a USB connection but I get almost nothing from solar charging. I live in S. Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by Bill in Florida
Just got this product as a gift and I thought it was a great concept. Sadly, it doesn't work. Tried charging my blackberry with around 6 hours of direct sunlight on my hotel... Read morePublished on December 21, 2011 by 1234
This didn't charge up. Directions are great; product failed. Do you own a Droid? Don't get this because the adapters don't match up with the tips. Thanks for making a Droid tip. Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by City Reader