The JOOS Orange portable solar charger gives you access to endless solar energy. It charges devices in low light, shade and even light rain, up to 3.5 times faster than many other portable chargers.
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JOOS Orange Portable Solar Chargeris rated3.5122out of5by41.
Rated5out of5byBlacklist00fromBy FAR the BEST,I now have the second build batch do these.... This thing is amazing. Bomb proof. You've seen the videos of people shooting this and it still working... Waterproof. Still collects energy in the rain and partly cloudy days and no joke out performs others I've had. They fixed the cord issue and now have a whole new supplier for the charger cord.
I use this on family outings (kids softball games etc. as well as hiking/ backpacking. HUGE asset to have for charging camera batteries and phones for GPS ETC. I LIKED other brands but LOVE my Joos!
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated4out of5byCabinadamfromExcellent power, poor cablesPower performance is excellent. Charges iPhone from dead to 100% quickly. Need to keep it facing the strongest sun for best performance. Very rugged, including the solar cell which is sealed under acrylic so it can be tossed in a pack without scratching. Weight is quite hefty for hiking/backpacking so I recommend this for camp use. Even use it at home (why not?).
Downside: I have a problem with the USB cable that attaches to the device. It is very sensitive to movement. Has to be positioned just right or the device will not charge. This was a design mistake - they should have gone with a jack or another much more rugged connection between the cord and the device. The vinyl zip lock case that it comes with to hold the cords/fittings also cracked and became useless shortly after purchase.
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated5out of5byCamille the CamperfromGreat DeviceBought this a number of years ago and have loved it. I ended up with a defective cable which they replaced at not cost and very quickly. I might have battery problems (I guess nothing lasts forever) and customer service is sending one out at no cost. Dan at customer service has been nothing short of wonderful. This is a company that takes customer service seriously and other companies could take lessons from them.
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated3out of5byBrian MillerfromI Really Want to Like This ThingFairly rugged, like that I can clip to top of my pack. I had good results on one short hike where I could ensure it was in direct sunlight at my hanging destination for the afternoon and evening. On the next trip with a full charge it almost fully recharged my phone after GPS use on a four hour hike through virgin forest. On day two after being clipped to the top of my pack on a long hike to a high lake in a deep alpine valley under a clear sky, it wasn't charged enough to recharge my phone after use as a GPS to continue using it on day three, or on day four even when left in the open at camp under direct sunlight on day three. Too Bad. The myJoos app to monitor the device won't run on Win8, and despite an assurance last August that it would only be a couple of weeks there still isn't a Win8 version available, and it won't install using Windows compatibility mode. I can't recommend spending the $$$ for one of these devices with this kind of performance
Date published: 2014-03-18
Rated2out of5byJcathcartfromStill not completeI bought this for bareboat trip to BVI with charging iPod etc. When bought Joos device was told compatable with Iphone 5 and new iPods. No adapter in box. Contacted Dan at Joos and said they would send one. Not yet arrived. Bought 2/7/14. Leaving March 7 if do not get it by Wed will send device back. REI one hour out of town for me. Pain.
Date published: 2014-02-28
Rated5out of5bykyle the camperfromA lovely useful gadget!I took this backpacking and camping last summer all over Wyoming. I charged iPads and iPhones and assorted other cell phones with this. It does a great job charging it's self and even better other gadgets. It seems to charge phones very quickly. Since I used it last summer I have taken it to professional baseball games in my backpack. Trekking by subway and walking or biking... I always know i'm not going to run out of battery on my cellphone. It's piece of mind when you are hauling kids around. It doesn't stand up all that well on it's legs and i wish the back side had no skid rubber on it as it rests on the dashboard charging as i drive most of the time and likes to slide. You can use those wire ties to mount it to the top of your back pack and charge as you hike. It has a USB hook up that lets you charge it up good before a trip as well. lots of adapters for different cell phones come with it... I LOVE this Gismo! My son wants his own. :)
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated4out of5byMatthewinSEAfromThis charger comes on all my adventuresAfter using this solar charger, I'd say the days of old solar chargers that couldn't adequately power your devices in the backcountry are gone. My Orange easily charges my mobile phone during the day while I'm bike touring, and has enough energy leftover in the internal battery to recharge my GPS cycle computer overnight while I sleep -- even on cloudy and rainy days. I'm impressed with its durability (with one exception: the micro USB port cover/gasket tore away, but Joos' tech support rapidly sent me a replacement at no cost. I was impressed!)
If you're going to be in camp, there's an optional reflector set, but if you're going to be on the move, don't bother with it. The solar cell is extremely efficient without it. I get a full charge after a full day's ride in partly cloudy weather, which is 20 Watt-hours or about 5000 mAh (about two full cell phone charges in my experience). I've had good experience charging personal devices as big as tablet computers, but it's not strong enough to charge a laptop - not that I've ever wanted to take a laptop out into the backcountry.
My only negative is that it takes some creativity to mount it to packs or panniers since it only has a single hole at the side of the unit that's about 2 cm wide. You can put a carabiner through that hole and clip it to something, but the unit will still bounce around a bit. I'd rate it that extra half star for 4.5 stars if I could, and would give it 5 stars if it had an easy to use attachment loop series for attaching it to ladder straps on backpacks or panniers.
The other thing that might be a small drawback for the ultralight-gofast crowd is its size and weight. It's over 500 grams and about 20x10 cm or so. It's not going to fit in your hand purse, and if you're the sort that saws handles off toothbrushes you'll feel it in your pack. That said, strapped to my rear rack on my touring bicycle, I forget it's there. It's not that bad in my opinion.
Date published: 2013-11-24
Rated4out of5byDave Loves the OutLandsfromWorks real goodWhen the Joos is fully charged it charges my Cell Samsung S4 from empty to full in 3 Hrs. Leaves the Joos at Half charge. It took 7 hrs direct sunlight to recharge fully the Joos, 2 hrs off of USB.
Date published: 2013-11-04
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JOOS Orange Portable Solar Charger Customer Reviews