So I’ve had the Sol Solar iPhone Charger for a few weeks now, however I am waiting on another iPhone screen replacement (first 2 were faulty), but that’s a story for another day. With the time that I have had the Sol I’ve done a little testing, but ultiamtely have much more to do before I am satisified wit hthe level of research that went into the review. In the meantime I did want to go over the Sol charger’s description alongwith my first impressions of the charger in the mean time.
Sol Solar iPhone Charger Review
If you’ve visited iPhonesolarcharger.net before, you’ll know that I have a P-Flip Solar iPhone Charger. While both are on device solar iPhone chargers (meaning they attach to the iPhone directly and aren’t built for additional devices), the design of each is completey different. The Sol more closely resembles a hard iPhone case, which is a more common design than that of the P-Flip.
With that being said, this solar iPhone charger will not fit with a case/cover on your iPhone. Now before I get into my first impression of the Sol Charger, here is a brief review of some of the key features:
- 2400 mAh internal battery
- 4 LED battery display
- Weighs less than 2.5 ounces
- .875 inches thick
- Does not interfere with camera, volume button, etc.
- Built in over charge prevention
- Model available for iPhone 3G/3GS & iPhone 4/4S
Sol Solar Charger: First Impressions
So I won’t get into fluffing up the post with needless info about shipping/packaging. The item did arrive in securely packaged. I was also quite happy to find the cover includes screen protectors and a microfiber cloth.
The first thing I noticed was that the charger does not have a charge indicator. Every other solar iPhone charger I reviewed here has one, but there is great logic for designing a solar charger without one. Based on the size of the solar panel and when compared to wired charging, charging via a portable solar charger takes drastically longer. With that being said powering up a constant power indicator takes precious energy to keep lit that could be going to your iPhone.
Another useful feature (which is unintentional) is the opening for the iPhone’s back camera doubles as a great space for a D Ring utility clip when the solar charger isn’t on your iPhone. I found this quite useful for attaching the solar charger to my backpack.
I’ll end it there for now with my review. The rest I’ll save for part two, which will also include a brief video. In the meantime here are the direct links to the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 3G/3GS (also works with iPod Touch and iPhone 2) on Amazon along with a few more reviews to read: