Reviewed by Phil
As much as I enjoy going dark during camping trips, sometimes it's a necessity for me to bring electronic devices. When I came across the Powermonkey Extreme Portable 12v Solar Powered Charger, I loaded it up and set off for testing.
I brought the entire adaptor kit with me even though I didn't have the devices to fit the ports, but the versatility is great.
I packed my Samsung tablet, my smartphone, two older Nokia models, my GPS unit and an old handheld radio. The only thing that had any battery left was my S3, so I let it run dry and then started connecting the devices one at a time.
Within 3.5 hours, I'd recharged the majority of my equipment barring the handheld radio but that was down to the radio's port being damaged. I managed to get it back in shape and insert the Powermonkey adaptor and within 51 minutes it was at 96% power! The charger's energy was low by this point, so I attached the solar panel and 14hrs 04 minutes later it was back to 100%.
Brand - Powertraveller
Type - Hiking Accessory
Colors: Black/ Coyote
Compatible with a range of devices
Multiple adaptors and ports
Rapid charge time
The construction of the unit is also worth pointing out as it's durable enough to have been dropped directly on to a rock (accidentally!) from about 4ft. It's waterproof and was able to survive in roughly 2L of water without shutting down or faulting. Overall it's a great piece of kit that outshines its competition and is packed full of features too. It's definitely worth the investment.
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