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      • Solio Bolt charges popular USB-compatible gadgets including smartphones, MP3 players, e-readers, GPS units and cameras
      • Easy to use—simply connect the charger using your device's USB charging cable
      • Built-in battery will hold a charge for up to a year; at full charge the battery will provide most smartphones with at least 2 complete charges
      • The Solio Bolt solar charger can be charged from sunlight or USB port


      Solio Bolt Solar Charger

      Specification Description
      Best use Backpacking
      Charge time (hrs) (Sun) 8 - 10 hrs. / (USB/wall) 4.5 hrs.
      External charge USB, Wall
      Battery included Yes
      Solar cell output capacity 5.5V 450 mA (2.4W)
      Battery storage capacity (mAh) 2000 mAh
      Power output to device (mA) 5V 1000mA
      Material(s) Polycarbonate
      Dimensions 3.5 x 3.5 x 1 inches
      Foldable Yes
      Weight 5.3 ounces

      Solio Bolt Solar Charger

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      Rated 1out of5
      by fromNot worth the money Wanted to use it with my HTC smpartphone. First, fully charged from AC connection; used it to recharge my phone on a weekend campout but it ran out before fully charging the phone. Placed in sunlight for 7 hrs; 20% charged. A second day in sun; still only 20% charged. When I returned home, charged it from AC and tried recharging my phone again. Again, only enough for about a half-charge before it ran out. It's small, light, and utterly useless. Returning it as soon as possible!
      Date published: 2012-05-23
      Rated 1out of5
      by fromNot so useful We bought two of these for use during camping. I tested one unit beforehand and was able to charge my phone about 70% with the Solio AC charged to 100%. It took about 8 hours to get the Solio charged by solar to what appears to be 100% capacity. But when I used the solar charged unit (still indicating 100%) to charge my phone again it only charged the phone to 25% before full drained. I took both Solios out to solar charge and neither would charge more than 50% capacity, after over 20 hours of solar charging. The fold out design is great for compact use and handling but it just does not do what the description says it would do. Also, the charge button is not user friendly as it isn't consistent when switching between on/off modes.
      Date published: 2012-06-20
      Rated 1out of5
      by fromvery dissappointed Bought this in prep for backpacking trip to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons. Wanted to charge Droid 4 & my son's iPhone. Very dissapointed shake down. Charged via wall outlet to 100%. Ran my droid down to less than 5%, after 2 hours of charging, only at 70% of phone battery, with only 20% charger life left (one green blip). Went fishing, and after being in partial sun for over two hours, no noticable change in solio battery level. When Droid was down to 10%, attempted to charge with solio and immediately drained battery, with no improvement to droid battery. Going back tomorrow, will try a power monkey. I want light, but need function.
      Date published: 2012-07-04
      Rated 1out of5
      by fromHard to charge up in direct sun! I recently did a Colorado River trip and we nicknamed the Sun the "Death Orb". We frequently jumped in the river to cool off. It was a low rapids day so I had the Solio out all day and it only charged to 40% of max. I was able to keep my little music speaker charged and an MP3 player though so it did what I needed. Also, it would be nice if it had a clip on so it could be attached easily to a backpack or a boat.... if you are going on a big trip spend more bucks and get a better solar charger or a battery pack...
      Date published: 2014-06-03
      Rated 2out of5
      by fromWaste of money I bought this to take with me on the JMT. While it may hold the original charge well, you can't get it to recharge itself. The angle has to be exactly perfect and for a ridiculously extensive amount of time. I took the time for half a day going back and moving it every so often and it still only went up 1/4 (according to the lights). It is cheap, but you get what you pay for in this case.
      Date published: 2014-06-06
      Rated 3out of5
      by fromneeds refining Got this little guy for Christmas and charged it from my laptop. It worked great. Charged my iPhone and earbud and still had a 20% chrage. Then I tried to charge it via the sun. Bad news. If there are any clouds or trees or a tree limb covering the sun it will NOT charge. The little red light is very difficult to see in the bright sun and can not be seen with polorized sunglasses on. I'm now on day 2 trying to charge with the solar cels and am at 50% power.
      Date published: 2011-12-28
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromSolio Bolt Solar Charger I bought these for my parents and their reviews are as follows: Father: The solio is best charged from a wall outlet first and then kept topped off by soaking up the sun. It works to charge the phone. Mother: It works great and it is easy to use; only thing the instructions for apple and non apple products are a little confusing and they had different charging lights. Overall cool look and light weight. Great to use when traveling on planes to recharge your phone.
      Date published: 2012-01-08
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromso excited!! I bought this little guy for a canoeing expedition I am going on this summer. I was a little worried about not being able to take all the pictures and videos I would want to document the trip, and didn't want to have to buy a bunch of batteries, so I looked into solar chargers. I have not been able to use the bolt on a trip yet, however I do have it set up in my window soaking up the sun and it is working beautifully! If you are looking to charge camera batteries like I am, I would recommend looking for a universal battery charger on the interwebs. Most of them are compatible with the bolt, but most cameras aren't. What I really like about the bolt is that it has a built in battery so you can take advantage of the sun anytime it is out, even if there isn't something in need of charge. The other nice thing is that it can get charge from the sun while it is outputting charge to your device, which is super handy! The only down side is that the solar panels are kinda small, so it takes a while to charge and when it is folded one of the solar panels remains on the outside which is a slight worry for damage. But the price beats all the competition and I am overall very happy with my purchase :)
      Date published: 2012-02-17

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