Suntactics S5 Ultralight Hiking Solar Charger, Quick Charge Phones, Power Banks and Many Other USB Devices Using Only The Sun! Assembled in The USA
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- The sCharger-5 will solar charge your phone fast..period! Specs: ~1200 mA (> 5watts) 5.1 volts USB, 6" x 6" closed, 6" x 11" open, ~7.5oz. Auto-Retry.
- The S5 is our flag ship solar charger. It has traveled on all the American trails for over 10 years now. The S5 is a very reliable solar charger made for the short and long term endurance hiker. You may have noticed a Suntactics solar charger on the trails. Including the PCT, AT, JMT, and CDT to mention a few.
- Suntactics solar chargers are extremely durable, reliable and water resistant. Solar panels and electronic connections are completely encapsulated. High efficiency solar cells are configured correctly for optimum light-to-voltage conversion for increased charging speed. Corrosion resistant from salty environments and water tested to 40 feet.
- Compatible with all USB chargeable devices, including all iPhones, iPads,watches, All Samsung phones, watches and tablets,fitbit Powerbanks,AA/AAA,18650, A23 batteries, USB flashlights, SLR cameras using a USB charging cradle found on Amazon.
- Designed and assembled in Silicon Valley, USA. U.S.Pat No. 9,929,443. Package includes Suntactics solar charger, travel pouch, User Manual, 2-year warranty, excellent customer support
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|Compatible Phone Models||iPhones 5,6,8,10,11, X, XS, AND the latest 12 pro/max, All ipads and Apple watches; All Samsung phones, "A" and "M" series, Tablets and Watches; Fitbit, GPS tracking devices; LG, Motorola; USB power banks, USB AA,AAA,18650 battery chargers, Omni battery||iPhones 5,6,8,10,11, X, XS, AND the latest 12 pro/max, All ipads and Apple watches; All Samsung phones, "A" and "M" series, Tablets and Watches; Fitbit, GPS tracking devices; LG, Motorola,; USB power banks, USB AA,AAA,18650 battery chargers, Omni battery||Apple iPhone 6S,7,8,X XS XR, 6S,7,8 plus,XS MAX Ipad, Samsung Galaxy S7,S8,S9,S10, S9,S10plus Samsung Galaxy Note8,9,Pixel||iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Pro / Air 2 / mini, Galaxy S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 / 4, LG, Nexus, HTC and More||Apple iPhone 8||cell phones, iphones, samsung, gps, mp3 player|
|Item Dimensions||11.00 x 0.13 x 6.00 inches||12.00 x 0.13 x 14.00 inches||10.20 x 5.50 x 0.10 inches||11.10 x 1.10 x 6.30 inches||33.10 x 0.20 x 11.10 inches||11.80 x 6.40 x 0.80 inches|
Most likely you have seen many sCharger-5's on the trails. It is very light weight and packs a punch with true output power. This is very important for the duration hiker. The sCharger-5 can charge your USB device directly from the sun alone. The sCharger-5 is very compact, easy to use. And it produces an incredible high power to low weight ratio. It also provides Auto-Reset. We call it Auto-Retry. Suntactics sChargers are designed and assembled in San Jose, California. We use only the best solar materials. And we use very high measures on quality with superior American workmanship. Check out our sCharger-14 for even more power. Please be sure to read the Comments that go with our Reviews. We actually have a website and provide phone support too.
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Just took it with me on a 5 day backpack around Mount Shasta and so glad I paid attention to other reviews between this and other solar chargers that are heavier than they advertise and take longer to charge.
This little featherweight in my pack was a champ at fast charging the Ankeny battery pack that Amazon recommends with it.
My 4 companions were packing pounds of chargers and batteries and I was actually loaning mine to them as well as the Ankeny.
One caveat, my iPhone wouldn't charge directly off the Suntactics charger and I suspect it is because of the aftermarket cable and not incompatability. So, I highly recommend a good lightweight powerpack to go with it.
Don't mind either about the basicness of this panel. It is barebones but durable enough to use in rugged conditions. They obviously chose minimalist design over rugged jacketing and I agree it's a good design choice for meeting exactly what I needed.
- lightweight (both were 9 oz on my scale)
- anchor point rivets allow for easy mounting
- auto-restart feature works when moving in and out of shadows
- does not come close to the claimed 1 A current.
- suspect build quality, especially the "hinge" which is just the laminate bridging the two panels. The tops of hinge was crushed both chargers I tested new out of the box.
- auto-restart engages for no reason even under full sun
Now, on to the testing.
The setup was as follows: an LG G2 D802 with a 3000 mAh battery is connected using the same 6 foot USB cable in all tests. The G2 is running Android 4.4.2, and data is collected using Battery Monitor Widget v. 3.8.
Test 1, setting a baseline with EasyAcc 10000mAh PB10000C powerpack.
- I set a baseline using an EasyAcc 10000mAh powerpack. I have the phone in airplane mode so all radios are disabled, but I leave the phone on to record the data. A PortaPow USB monitor (PortaPowStMonV2) shows charging at ~1.4 A (the PortaPow was not left in-line during charging). Charging began at 16% at 8:34 PM and ended at 100% at 9:55 PM. This equates to 31.1 mAh gain per min.
Test 2, Suntactics sCharger-5 on bicycle
- Starting with a real world test, I set out with the Suntactics sCharger-5 attached to the trunk of my bicycle. First, in the parking lot I pointed the charger directly at the sun and grabbed a reading with my PortaPow USB monitor, and only get a ~.45 A current (the PortaPow was not left in-line during charging). According to claims from Suntastic, under a clear sky with the charger aimed directly at the sun I should get 1 A, but I get less than half of that. For this test, I am using GPS, and I am also playing music on my phone. Not sure which way this test will go, I start with the phone charged to 55% at 2:14 PM. At 38.95° N latitude I set out on the trail pictured. You can see the trail has an open view of the sunny sky, but is surrounded on both sides by trees which do cast shadows on the trail. Going in and out of shadow caused the charging to start and stop, this was predicted. The charger stood no chance of keeping up with the power usage of the phone. By 3:52 PM at 20% I decided the test was over. This equates to -10.7 mAh gain per min.
The battery on my phone drained much faster than it would of had it not been hooked up to any charger at all. This is something I read in many other people's reviews, and I have a theory, at least for my test. The green bars on the battery monitor screenshot show times when the phone was connected to a power source. The yellow bars show times when the screen was on. Whenever I connect my phone to a power source, or disconnect it from a power source, the screen turns on for 20 seconds. Since the charging started and stopped on average every 30 seconds, my phone's screen was on for most of the time, using much unnecessary power.
I don't hold this test against the charger, because I think you'll find that all solar chargers recommend that they are used stationary angled directly toward the sun. I do include the results however as I think hiking and biking are very common reasons why people reading this review may consider a solar charger.
Test 3, Suntactics sCharger-5 stationary
- I have the phone in airplane mode so all radios are disabled, but I leave the phone on to record the data. I grabbed a reading with my PortaPow USB monitor, and only get a ~.45 A current (the PortaPow was not left in-line during charging). Again, less than 50% of the claimed current under ideal conditions. At 38.95° N I leave the phone to charge, and after a short time you can see (by the area highlighted in red) that the phone stops charging and doesn't charge for nearly an hour. Why? As I discovered when I went to check on it, the wind had blown the charger over. I can't and don't fault Suntactics for this at all, but it goes to show you that you can't just leave a solar charger in the sun and walk away. So, I take steps to anchor the charger, and I babysit it to make sure it gets full light and does not fall over again. What I see is the exact same problem as I saw on my bicycle, but this time there's no excuse. The charger disconnected and reconnected multiple times, but I was not moving in and out of shadow this time. I was in full view of the clear sky; no clouds, and no shadows. The fact that it happened slightly fewer times, combined with the fact that the phone was in airplane mode, did allow the phone battery to charge slightly. This equates to 3.75 mAh G per min, but is not at all acceptable.
Additional notes: I had to wait weeks between tests because it's been raining nearly every day where I live. It is worth considering that conditions are rarely ideal for solar charging. If you largely only take weekend trips, or take trips where you periodically have access to power (staying in a hotel at night) then you'll get far more reliable power from an external battery pack.
I purchased this unit to replace a brick battery pack for multiple day backpacks in Rocky Mountain National Park. Leaving batteries, and the brick, adding this solar unit will reduce my load in my pack by 13.4oz. Yeah I know seems like a small reduction, but well worth it to me. I will update with further testing.
I have tested the unit charging everything from battery Pack (Lytle) and my Garmin Inreach Explorer. Needless to say, I'm very impressed with this ultra-light, fast solar charging unit. I had completely exhausted the battery pack, and placed it on the charger in direct, sometimes indirect sunlight, charging to a full charge in 3 hours. This unit is a keeper and will be my go to for recharging in the back country all summer long!!
Advertised as 5 watts but in direct light turned toward the sun I get more than 5 watts. This charges as well as a battery pack for most items in the mid day hours. Used it many times, and washed it a few, no detectable damage. Keeps on working. Compact and reasonably strong, fits in backpacks well.
You do need direct sun, indirect or evening sun just doesn't cut it for solar panels.