|Item Weight||7.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6 x 3 x 2 inches|
|Item model number||82883|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Manufacturer Part Number||82883|
Sunforce 82883 Solar "AA" Battery Charger
|Price:||$16.50 + $4.72 shipping|
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AA solar battery charger that works from the power of the sun. A built-in meter shows the charging power and the current battery output. A blocking diode prevents the reverse flow of power from the battery to the solar panel during night use or when sunlight is not available. Can charge 1-4 rechargeable batteries at a time. Angle the unit for maximum solar efficency and maximum power.
Top customer reviews
Like I said, maybe if it was all I had, but there are better places to spend your money.
As someone has already mentioned, this unit doesn't provide a lot of power. You're really looking at weeks to completely charge a set of batteries and that's if you have a place that gets sun most of the day. Having it inside a window causes a pretty significant drop in amps, but leaving it outside for weeks isn't a great alternative either. Obviously partial charges and top ups may work for some people, but for most this is just not efficient enough.
But another big problem with this unit is the batteries are in a closed plastic case in the sun. Heat degrades rechargable batteries and I doubt any manufacturer would recommend it for such an extended period as this solar charger requires. I don't feel comfortable with how hot they get as it probably shortens the battery lifespan. There's a platicky smell when it heats up. There really should be an air gap and a more open case that allows excess heat to be carried away.
With two big flaws, I think people should apply their money toward a better charger, even if more expensive.
Works well. Does not work well when on dashboard of car because of UV protection of the windsheild. Direct Sun 160 mA, when on dashboard brought it down to 40 mA.
Very pleased with the item