Solio Mono Hybrid Portable Solar Charger Review

Posted: Apr 7 2011, 12:25pm CDT | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

 
 

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Solar charger works with just about anything

Specifications

The Solio Mono Hybrid Portable Solar Charger is a multi-charger and supports 3200 different devices and it comes with tips for anything that charges with USB and several others. The battery inside is a lithium ion unit with 1650mAh of power. It can charge from an AC outlet or from a USB port as well as harvesting power from the sun.

In Use

The Solio Mono Hybrid Portable Solar Charger is a very cool little gadget that will help you keep your smartphone or MP3 player charged up and running. It provides an output of 5-6V and 700mA to any of several tips that are included. The tips will allow it to work with just about anything you might have. The USB tip will charge the iPhone and lots more.

The internal battery is large and has lots of power inside. You can charge the internal battery from the wall, a USB port, or using the solar panel. Naturally using the solar panel is much slower than using the other two methods. The wall charger came with my review unit, but it is optional.

The hardware inside the charger won't allow the batteries to be overcharged and will cut off once a full charge is made. I already mentioned the USB port, but the device also has a tip that will work with Blackberry smartphones, and more tips are available too.

I hooked my iPhone 4 to the charger with about half the iPhone's internal battery left. The charger was recognized right away and worked just as you expect it to. I still had power left in the Solio Mono Hybrid Portable Solar Charger when I removed my iPhone for the charger after the battery charged my iPhone 4 nearly all the way back to full.

This may be the perfect gadget for people that like to camp and want to take music with them. It will take a long time to charge the internal battery fully using the solar panel. That's not something I can really measure, but it takes overnight to fully charge the battery on AC or USB so the solar panel will take much longer. Still, it will eventually charge up and you can make your calls or play music.

Verdict

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Solar panel will charge sans outlet

Cons

  • Solar panel takes a long time to charge
 

Conclusion

The Solio Mono Hybrid Portable Solar Charger is a cool charger that is perfect for the user away from an outlet for long periods.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
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