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Scott Mendenhall
(olyburbur) - F

Locale: MW
Solar charger $29.99 after rebate on 05/01/2008 06:20:27 MDT Print View

Hello everyone. I found this on Buy dot com & thought it might be of interest to some in this forum.

David T
(DaveT) - F
. on 05/01/2008 10:22:47 MDT Print View


Edited by DaveT on 11/20/2014 17:41:17 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: solar charger for $32 shipped! on 05/01/2008 11:38:09 MDT Print View


Please write a review. I am most interested in the efficiency of this charger under varying sunlight typical of many hikes. Thanks in advance.

David T
(DaveT) - F
. on 05/01/2008 11:55:30 MDT Print View


Edited by DaveT on 11/20/2014 17:44:24 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: solar charger. on 05/01/2008 12:51:24 MDT Print View

Great... if I have the "luxury' of laying the charger right under the sun all day, I am sure it will eventually charge up fully -- but what I am really interested in is what you described up above -- all those imperfect situations where trees, rock facings, deep gorges, etc., all "conspire" to block the sun in and out, in and out. Will the charger still deliver and be worth taking along?

David T
(DaveT) - F
. on 05/01/2008 13:17:13 MDT Print View


Edited by DaveT on 11/20/2014 17:42:17 MST.

Jeff Cadorin
(JeffCadorin) - F

Locale: paper beats rock
Re: solar charger. on 05/01/2008 13:43:07 MDT Print View

Hey Dave

I am interested to know the weight of this setup(when you get it). I am just thinking out loud and wondering if a cheap mp3 that takes AAA bateries and you can just carry one or two spares?

I just discovered my mp3 is missing so I am in the market. Really wish the bluetooth tech would hurry up and make a good system but then that would just be more battery usage. just be nice when training at home to not have the stupid wires. There just really is no good bluetooth headphone out yet.

David T
(DaveT) - F
. on 05/01/2008 17:17:37 MDT Print View


Edited by DaveT on 11/20/2014 17:42:49 MST.

Curt Peterson
(curtpeterson) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Another option on 05/02/2008 09:22:14 MDT Print View

Check this one out. Looks a bit simpler, though I don't know anything about it. The price is right, though, and sub 3 ounce.

frank martin
(sriprank) - F

Locale: NORCAL
Solar charger on 05/03/2008 05:34:58 MDT Print View

This is not my area of expertise but someone I know who is an electrician
at Yosemite built this homemade one.

He is also a avid backpacker.


David T
(DaveT) - F
. on 05/22/2008 16:12:19 MDT Print View


Edited by DaveT on 11/20/2014 17:43:20 MST.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Solar charger $29.99 after rebate on 05/22/2008 18:21:08 MDT Print View

Here is a very recent review on the Power monkey,21985,23722922-11869,00.html

Elizabeth Rothman
(erothman2) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
Solar charger/Power monkey on 06/07/2008 01:50:06 MDT Print View out of stock, other sites are $100 plus for the power monkey. Looks like an opportunity lost. Curt, your tinyurl for the alternative you suggest just hangs my computer up indefinitely, any chance we can dispense with the fancy sleight of hand and just have a regular old-fashioned url?

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Solar charger/Power monkey on 06/07/2008 01:58:34 MDT Print View


Curt's tinyurl works on my PC. Try clicking here instead.

Jesse Glover
(hellbillylarry) - F

Locale: southern appalachians
. on 06/07/2008 14:09:16 MDT Print View


Edited by hellbillylarry on 06/07/2008 14:09:47 MDT.

David T
(DaveT) - F
. on 06/07/2008 17:13:21 MDT Print View


Edited by DaveT on 11/20/2014 17:43:52 MST.

Elizabeth Rothman
(erothman2) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
Solar Charger on 06/07/2008 18:33:37 MDT Print View

Thanks for the link; it acted the same way. Turns out it didn't really freeze my mac, it just took so darn long that I thought it had. ANYWAY the Devotec charger is out of stock at the manufacturer, but looks good. The non-solar one for $6.50 looks good for the price, certainly, for a non-renewable energy source.

Thanks, all. Keep 'em comin'!

M Blick
(mattblick) - F

Locale: Ohio
solar charger with battery on 06/19/2008 08:53:35 MDT Print View

(first post)

DealExtreme ( in Hong Kong has many different solar chargers with built in batteries. They have models with both Nickel Metal Hydride and Lithium Ion chemistry batteries, the latter being lighter and more expensive. I noticed the following on a quick check (searched word "solar"):

** "Solar Powered Self-Recharge USB Battery Pack (2000mAh)" $18 (5.1 oz)
** "18000mAh Solar + AC Powered Emergency USB Charger (with Cell Phone Adapters)" $16.76 (9.7 oz)
** "Solar Powered Cell Phone Charger (0.75W 3.0V/5.0V/9.0V 400mA)" $18.93 (5.33 oz)

They had several others panels that are out of stock right now. The bad thing about DealExtreme (if you haven't used them before) is that it can take anywhere from 10 days to a couple months for the items to arrive. Shipping is free at the listed price though. You need to use a paypal account to purchase on the site. Another Hong Kong site that will also have similar solar chargers is I have ordered from both sites without any problems.

They both also have nice bright LED flashlights and torch lighters on the cheap.


mark henley
(flash582) - F
MOYG Solar charger on 06/19/2008 09:25:40 MDT Print View

I made one of these last year .... works great. unfortuntatly, It takes more than 100 MA to charge my ipod, but it will trickle charge my cell phone with it turned off.

I was going to add a rechargeable AAA battery pack, but it didn't make much sense anymore. An extra AAA for my MP3 is lighter than the charging unit.

I'll still carry the solar for my cell phone, however. It's about two ounces with the cable I need for USB to the phone, but well worth it for the peace of mind it provides.

I just attach the solar cell to the lid of my pack and head on down the trail.

Edited by flash582 on 06/19/2008 09:27:13 MDT.

Kevin Duffy
(kevguy69) - F
Re: Solar charger $29.99 after rebate on 06/23/2008 19:41:05 MDT Print View

Hi everyone. Through June 27 you can get the Powermonkey eXplorer-Solar Charger for either $10 or free (color must be the yellow). Here is the link for the product

Current price is $110. If you use Google checkout, you can knock another $10 off taking you down to $100.

Once you purchase it, go to and on the left side find the "by offer code" and put in PM-5042 and click go or choose PowerMonkey under the "manufacturer" option and find the rebate that applies to you. Choose either the U.S. or Canada $100 rebate option and proceed with filling in the forms. You have to wait 8-10 weeks for your rebate but the final price is $0 after the rebate. Hopefully this will be of some help to those interested in this product.