AllPowers 8000 mAh Solar USB Charger Review. Viewers get 10% off by clicking http://amzn.to/2umR7oG and entering code 9KSMN867 In this video, I go over my personal experiences and thoughts…
Nice pins on the blonde
In some ways an interesting slternative to GoPower or RavPower. But they are water-resistant, and the charge directly. This business of chargibg a battery which also charges gadgets, may be loosing a lit of power by needing two charge controllers. With the others, you can use any battery you please, and charge it and the gadgets separately. Ask bigclivedotcom to do some real teardowns. Interesting, competitive, but with reservations. Needs that real teardown and measured performance.
Plead read up on the difference between milliamps and milliamp-hours
Glad to see that you have embraced using a folding solar panel to help keep all your electronics charged up. IMHO this is one area that the weight must be included in my setup. If you ever get lost, injured, etc., you'll have the ability to keep your GPS and Cellphone charged up (I also carry a USB Battery Charger in my gear for my devices that don't have integrated batteries).
This way you will either be able to self rescue yourself, or keep attempting to contact outside help in an emergency.
The huge bonus is using it in a scenario like I do. I use a palm sized LED Portable Projector and Bluetooth Speaker to project TV Shows and/or Movies on a white sheet in the middle of the woods so everyone in the group can kick back by a camp fire and enjoy a movie before getting some sleep. 😉
Sweet unit and review
Excellent review, as always. Based on your review, I just may have to buy this asap!
I just got one . Hope it is good. Going off your word Sintax77
man how can you survive on the trail without a gas powered generator. no thru hiker would we ever carry this. most hikers might carry a barrier pack but most hikers are off the trail every 3 to 5 days. dead are the days of real long distance hiking.
i bought this small thing and found it very effective and light 3.1oz!!! for my GPS and some phone juice. http://bushnell.com/hunting/outdoor-technology/powersync/solarwrap-mini
While it may not be ideal for east coast mileage hiking where you are under the tree canopy a better part of the day,it could work well for people who aren't out pounding miles but instead setting up a base camp and doing smaller day hikes from there leaving the panel at camp to charge camera batteries, phone,ect .I'm more of an explorer hiker instead of a drive by shooting hiker.LOL I take pictures of all the things most backpackers are in too big of a hurry to see.
Sintax, I've had an Anker 21watt solar charger paired with a 20kma battery pack (that I added) for two years. So far it's worked great to charge my phone, cameras, etc. I added the battery pack due to noticing the charge going to the phone from the panels wasn't continuous. (The bings from the phone are quite annoying if the charge isn't continuous.) I'm glad to see a manufacturer addressed that issue. It's too bad Allpower didn't make the battery pack removable/replaceable. Rechargeable batteries have approximately a five year life which makes me wonder about the service life of the unit.
thanks great vedeo thanks for sharing the details great video thanks
I have a single panel solar charger that has its own pocket in a new pack I got, I made a video on that one a few days ago
Nice, but too heavy for my backpacking. It would be good to have in a survival situation.
Do you have any disclaimers regarding this product?
Cool rig, but you don't need such a thing if you just turn off your phone. 🙂 I am addicted to my phone, but when I'm in the woods it seldom ever gets turned on. IMO, they detract from the experience, unless it is used to snap a pic. Might turn it on if I get to a high place to send a text or two, take a pic or at day's end for a bit. The only gizmo that gets trail time is a GPS and it can run for 20 hours on two AA's.
also, drop some $$ on a small USB multimeter, it is handy not only to see the real capacity of your batteries, ie. 26000mah rather than the stated 30000, but more importantly it will tell you the actual mah flow rate the panel is operating under each condition, shade, sun, cloud cover etc
I wish they would use white or silver-ish canvas. These things get SO hot in the sun and the black canvas doesnt help. I suggest masking off the cells and applying a light silver spray paint or coat with white gesso paint to the canvas.
PCT maybe since you'll see a lot of sun there. AT probably not worth the weight since your in the woods most of the time. What I heard.
Seems way too heavy and bulky for backpacking but more suited for car camping, picnics, etc. You mention thru hikers, but why would a thru hiker want to carry two extra pounds of stuff? Most thru hikers are more concerned with lessening their load than increasing it.
Is the power bank that's included removable? So I can replace it with my larger battery bank without competing for the space in that compartment.
Good comments from others, but a very infdormative review. Thanks.
I'm not a fan of portable solar power chargers… it's not a solution for backpacking; however, while sitting on the beach listing to Spotify and drinking a cooler of beer… maybe. 🙂
When you change the phone gets hot. That heat is = spent power in heating
That 4th light blinking problem is probably because the solar panels can not produce enough voltage to get the 4th bar. That's a common design flaw. Designers should use panels in 4 panel configuration to MAKE SURE that there is enough voltage to overcome the voltage in the LiPO pack. If you plug in a mains supply to the battery pack you will see that the 4th light will light up when charged. You would however need to have circuitry that will discontinue charging when the pack full..or about 4.2 volts per cell. You probably have two cells (or 4 in series/parallel) to give you 8.4 volts fully charged and 3.7 volts per cell or 7.4 volts for the pack. That way getting 5 volts is easy. But the charging PVs might be give you only a total of 8 volts (you want 8.4+) and that's why the 4th bar isn't lit. You have 3 panels and 21 watts so 21/3=7 volts–see what I mean? To do this reliably you need a 4 panel system (regardless of efficiency). And I suspect that each panel is series/parallel since 7/3=2.33 volts so dividing by two would give you 1.17 volts per subpanel.
To make a long story longer..2.33 volts x 4 would give you 9.33 volts which is perfect with a little charging regulation circuitry. AND that would give you some margin for less than perfect sunlight.
IOW, my suggestion would be look for 4 panel solar chargers (of this variety) for charging a pack reliably.
Hey, I did a little checking and here's what you need..if they were still available: https://goo.gl/sFcsjc
Probably good for trails like the cdt and pct.
when you tested it at home I take it you placed it at an optimum angle but hiking I believe you said it was hanging against your pack which is probably not as optimum an angle. great review BTW
Can you charge your Tesla Model S with it?
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