Universal Solar Powered Battery ChargerItem # SBC

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Let the sun charge your batteries! This solar charger holds two Rechargeable Batteries of the same type and size (D, C, AA, AAA and Prismatic). It puts out about 150mA and about 5 volts. Many other solar battery chargers tested were unsuitable because their voltage was too low.

There is a built-in stand on the bottom of the charger, which can be adjusted so that the charger points directly towards the sun. This will allow you to get the maximum charge rate for your batteries. The meter on the top shows you the current output from the solar panel. A diode is used to block current when there is no sun so the batteries stay charged. The solar charger will also charge 7 different sizes of Prismatic rechargeable batteries. Prismatic batteries are a fairly new battery used for some mobile devices.

The Universal Solar Battery Charger is small which makes it convenient for home, extended power outages and outdoor activities.

Weight: 11.8 oz. Size: 6.8" W x 4.5" H x 2.3" D.

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By DSims
Hillsboro, WV
Confirmed User
It's slow, but it does the job
Runs off sunlight.
Has a dial.
Charges most common size cylinder shaped batteries.
Slow to charge.
Batteries can overheat if lid is closed.
Best Uses
Charging smaller NiMH batteries like AA and AAA.
Keep lid propped open when in use with a short stick. This can help with keeping the solar panel perpendicular to the direction of the sun.
Florida Keys, USA
Confirmed User
Using on sailboat
Works fine for aaa and aa batteries.
Use on my sailboat.
Don't need to charge c or d batteries. Wish I could charge more aaa or aa instead.
Good for my use of using vhf handheld or gps handheld.
By Djones
works well
This charges batteries quite well
I am pleased.
Full sun is a must not just light but sunburn level light. Adjust its position according to the metr on the unit.
Best Uses
Great for extended power outages.
Highly recommended
By KHaswell
Hamilton, MT
Confirmed Buyer
Baking batteries in the hot sun.
When you place, lets say two of C.Cranes 2500MAh AA batteries into this Solar Charger and close the lid per the instructions and knowing the 160 mA charger (if pegged into the far right red by available sun light, will require about 15.5 hours to fully charge the batteries, you are setting up your batteries to become well-baked. The plastic box contains no ventilation whatsoever. As the batteries are charged by the sunlight, they are giving off heat. At the same time, the suns rays shining through the clear plastic, is heating it as well as the air trapped within the charger by the closed lid and the batteries themselves. In short, you create a very nice oven and after about ten hours you get to see your $2.95 X 2 C.Crane batteries overheat and the outside plastic cases split open. Id suggest not closing the lid to let some heat escape. Of four new 2500 mAh AA batteries, placed in this charger, under the hot Montana sun (4,500 feet elev.), three had to be tossed out.
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By RKeim
Confirmed Buyer
It takes far too long to charge for my needs. I have yet to fully charge a battery on it.
By RMeleady
Confirmed Buyer
I have bought several of these for emergency/survival use. I keep one in the car and one at home. I tried one out and found that to get best results you have to keep an eye on it and adjust its position occasionally for max sunlight. It does what it claims do, and you can't ask more than that.
By MCruz
Confirmed Buyer
I ordered this 2 days ago and got it this morning. That was fast because I live in Hawaii. Anyway I used it and it worked great. The AAA batteries I put in took less than an hour to fully recharge. Great product would fully recommend.
By KSalata
Confirmed Buyer
Awesome! Works as described and I am Loving Life! Ave Satannas!!!
By FSutton
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By AGough
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By KHastings
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Excellent. Bought 6 for emergencies. Fully charges any 2 same type of battery quickly in a day. Did not overheat in hot Florida sun. Good Quality for the price. Charging meter is great and indicates time frame to charge each type of battery. Everyone should have a few of these as they are very inexpensive. I originally ordered through Amazon and did not receive a genuine C Crane product, although they looked exactly alike. I returned chargers to Amazon and spoke with an excellent customer service/technician at C Crane and proceeded to order directly through C Crane and am very satisfied. Easy directions, warranty information, and support information provided in each box. (My products ordered through Amazon did not have these items)
By DSmith
Confirmed Buyer
Bought it, used it, and it is SUPURB!!! I would be willing to pay twice as much for this product. I use this instead of the one I plug into the wall socket.I recomend this to everyone!
By FPond
Confirmed Buyer
Excellent product - recharges batteries on the window sill as well as outside. Gives a great indication of the charging strength of the sun as the day goes on giving me a good indication of how my roof top PV panels are charging.
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General Specifications
Input Power: Solar Panel ~5V 160mA
Accepted Standard Battery Sizes: AAA, AA, C, or D
Accepted Prismatic Gumstick (GUM) Battery Sizes:
  • 5.6x16.4x66.2mm 600mA
  • 5.6x16.4x66.2mm 720mA
  • 6.1x17x67mm 650mA
  • 7.8x16.4xx66.5mm 850mA
  • 8.33x17x67mm 900mA
  • 10.5x17x67mm 1200mA
  • 10.7x17x67mm 1750mA
Accepted Battery Chemistry: Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Number of Cells: 1 to 2
Dimensions: 6.8" W x 4.5" H x 2.3" D
Weight: 11.8 oz
Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty
Included Accessories: Manual
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Charging Specifications
Battery Size NiMH Battery Capacity Approx. Charging Time*
AAA 180mAh 2-3 Hours

850mAh 6-12 Hours
AA 500mAh 4-7 Hours

2,200mAh 15-31 Hours
C 1,000mAh 7-14 Hours

4,500mAh 31-62 Hours
D 1,500mAh 11-21 Hours

10,000mAh 69-138 Hours
*Charging times will vary depending upon the brand, capacity and condition of batteries being charged as well as the amount of sunlight provided to the solar panel.
Manual Size Download Time
Instructions (PDF) Universal Solar Powered Battery Charger Instruction Manual 1.23 MB 3:04 @ 56KBps
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