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Arctic C1 Mobile USB Charger Review

Small external battery has a solar panel too

Oct 22 2010, 10:45am CDT | by

Arctic C1 Mobile USB Charger Review
 
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Today I am going to check out the small Arctic C1 Mobile USB Charger with a Solar Panel. The little gadget has an internal battery to charge your gadgets while you are on the go for more run time and has a solar charger to help you keep charged up longer. Read on for all of the details.

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Arctic C1 Mobile USB Charger Review

Specifications

The Arctic C1 Mobile has a 4400 mWh lithium-ion battery. The battery is charged via USB and the device comes with an adapter for Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, and Motorola Phones. It can also charge devices using factory USB cables. The Arctic C1 Mobile is available for $24.60 right now.

In Use

The Arctic C1 Mobile is a tiny little battery charger and with its small size that means you won't get as much juice out of it as you might with some larger devices. The big benefit of the Arctic C1 Mobile is how small it is with a very portable design that is easy to fit in a purse, backpack, or briefcase to take on the road. The Arctic C1 Mobile also has a solar panel that is able to recharge its internal battery via solar power.

The gadget comes with a coiled USB cable that attaches it to the include adapters for major brands of smartphones. It has no adapter for Apple devices like the iPod or iPhone, but the 5V USB port does have the amp rating needed to charge those devices using the factory Apple cables. The little battery is only 110mm L x 43mm D x 12mm H and weighs 52 grams. You won't even notice the thing is in your bag.

It worked with my iPhone using the factory cable without any issues. The smaller battery won’t add a huge amount of extra run time, but in a pinch it will allow you to make a few more calls if you need to in an emergency. The small size of the solar panel means that charging the Arctic C1 Mobile's internal battery using solar power alone is going to take a lot of time. The little battery pack is cheap and easy to use making this a great option to give you extra runtime in a pinch and might be a good way for people who like to be outside camping or hiking with their gadgets.

Verdict

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Solar charging
  • Small and light

Cons

  • Smaller battery means less extra run time
 

Conclusion

The Arctic C1 Mobile is a very nice battery charger that offers extra run time for any USB gadget.

8.5
10
 

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
Shane can be contacted directly at shane@i4u.com.

 

 

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