The charger is bigger than I thought, but thin and easy to pack. Ive only had it 4 days, but used it at a conference where outlets were few, charging it at night, from the wall, making my EVO functional for notes and surfing the whole day. I havent used the solar feature, and worry about scratches on the front affecting that in the future.
And: theres a green flashing indicator when its on. This could be a problem in a darkened conference room or theater. With a longer USB cord, the charger could disappear in a bag or pocket while in use.
Does what it claims.barely
User: Reality Check, Jun 9, 2011
Free power from the sky!.
.as long as you are in the desert.
I really, REALLY wanted to like this product. I hope there is just some secret reason why it is so finicky. Basically, you must place it in DIRECT SUNLIGHT - not "really close to a window", not "just a tiny bit hazy", not "facing just a few degrees off" - it has to be REALLY SUPER BRIGHT. FOR A LONG TIME. And then it works great. However, I (later, obviously) picked up another solar charger that can charge up in the same amount of time on USB (~8 hours), has over 3x the capacity (3500 mAh vs. 1000 mAh), charges pretty good in even indirect bright sunlight (as in, you can see its trying, unlike the Solio which wont start until everything is PERFECT, and will immediately stop charging if anything changes), can charge my phone AND the internal battery in direct BRIGHT sunlight, is about half the size.and the worst part? It was half as expensive. Lesson learned..
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