Hey guys, I'm starting to get more into posting reviews on Amazon. Please let me know what you think. Here's my review of the Intocircuit foldable solar charger:
Starting off with the box, I was somewhat disappointed to see that it came in a plain brown box, with relatively bare accessories. The charger comes with 3 carabineers to allow you to hang the solar charger either horizontally or vertically, as well as a Micro-USB cable, and a quick start guide. You are paying a decent amount for this gadget, so I was hoping for more time to be put into the packaging. However, the solar charger itself has great build quality, and it feels made for the outdoors with it’s polyester canvas shell. Also, the charger looks great, and it folds up into a relatively small and light package.
Moving on, just for fun, right after I got it I figured I’d just put it up to the window on a relatively cloudy day. Fully expecting it not to work, the solar charger started charging my iPhone 5s a solid foot away from the window! This thing just works. Having never experienced using a solar charger before, I figured that you would need perfect weather conditions for it to work, but not with this one. However, when you do get those perfect conditions, this charger charges as fast as a normal outlet!
Furthermore, there is enough space to store your phone or other small gadget in the pocket where the USB output cord is. I thought this was a nice touch, so you can store your phone or other small gadget out of direct sunlight while it is charging.
Just with the nature of being a solar USB charger, it has a very specific usage scenario. For example, for long car trips, a good car charger makes much more sense. However, this solar charger is perfect for a survival kit in your car or home, or even for someone that just loves to be in the outdoors away from civilization. With two USB ports, it gives you many options, including charging a battery backup, as well as your phone, GoPro, or other device. With this charger, you could easily go for long stints in the wilderness far away from civilization.
So, if you are the type of person that wants a solar USB charger, this is the one to get. Apart from a slight hiccup with the packaging, Intocircuit got everything right. It just works, and works extremely well. From now on, this will definitely come with me on any outdoor trip that I do, and will become a staple in my normal tech bag.
And the car charger:
Opening the box, I was instantly surprised with the build quality of this 3 port car charger. It has great weight to it, and the aluminum alloy shell seems extremely rugged. The only other thing in the box, aside from the charger itself, is a warranty card. This makes sense, because customers will likely already have charging cords for their devices, and it allows iClever to keep their costs down.
Moving on, this thing charges fast! With one 2.4 A port and two 2.1A ports, this will charge absolutely anything in your tech arsenal, and will charge everything quickly. This is the perfect device for a family to keep in their car to charge everyone’s gadgets, or just for someone who has a lot of gadgets that need charging. Furthermore, there is a tasteful charging light at the top that lets you know that your devices are charging, but doesn’t blind you while driving in the dark.
There’s not a whole lot to say about a car charger. However, if you’re in the market for one, this is the one to get. It looks great, has three USB ports, charges everything extremely quickly, and has a great price.