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Universal Solar Powered Battery Charger
Universal Solar Powered Battery Charger
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Universal Solar Powered Battery Charger

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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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Dave Kisor
Pahoa, HI
October, 21 2018
Modification required
I had to modify the unit to accommodate AA batteries. as the aft battery would pop up and break contact. I took a 3/4 piece of pool noodle and spray glued it to the back of the solar panel. I finally got a good charge and was able to use my camera. Since my unit doesn't have a charge indicator, I had to use the camera for the charge state.
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DSims
Hillsboro, WV
May, 15 2017
It's slow, but it does the job
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.
PROS
Runs off sunlight.,Has a dial.,Charges most common size cylinder shaped batteries.


CONS
Slow to charge.,Batteries can overheat if lid is closed.


BEST USES
Charging smaller NiMH batteries like AA and AAA.

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AJK3
Florida Keys, USA
April, 20 2017
Using on sailboat
Good for my use of using vhf handheld or gps handheld.
PROS
Works fine for aaa and aa batteries.,Use on my sailboat.


CONS
Don't need to charge c or d batteries. Wish I could charge more aaa or aa instead.

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Djones
Destin
January, 5 2017
works well
Highly recommended
PROS
This charges batteries quite well,I am pleased.


CONS
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.

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KHaswell
Hamilton, MT
October, 16 2014
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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FPond
LITTLE COMPTON, RI
November, 17 2010

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.
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