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Sold, Power Traveller Powermonkey Explorer Solar
bigfish
9/08/2014
10:13:48 PM
For Sale, It is brand new, only been used a couple of times. Clearing out the cupboard and this isn't getting used. I am in blackheath

selling for $80, it is yellow

http://www.paddypallin.com.au/power-traveller-powermonkey-explorer-solar-charger.html
bigfish
15/08/2014
6:19:18 AM
No offers before I put it on Ebay? Is sitting around unused needs to go to a good home....
climberman
15/08/2014
6:31:08 AM
bigfish, I've been ummming and ahhhing. Is there any change it can make to the connector plug? My phone uses a small usb style connector (blackberry).

IdratherbeclimbingM9
15/08/2014
10:14:31 AM
On 15/08/2014 climberman wrote:
>(blackberry).

The specs page in the link given, indicates other devices, and the photo of the additional 'items in the box' show the connections (there are lots), and may include the one you need?

I checked out the version specs for the more expensive (heavier battery) model, and it specifically mentioned Blackberry...

I may go down the track of getting similar for myself, for use on longer duration m/cycle trips.

Post edit;
Cross-link to another thread with abstract but similar information...
http://www.chockstone.org/Forum/Forum.asp?Action=Display&ForumID=10&MessageID=9430&Replies=4
climberman
15/08/2014
10:29:10 AM
Cheers M9, right you are.

bigfish, does it charge the unit ok? I read some reviews where early models didn't manage to charge the battery well. If it's worked well for you I'll grab it at $65?
bigfish
17/08/2014
7:51:58 AM
The slave part which is the battery storage charges phone fine. And as mentioned above it has all the different adapters for lots of appliances. It's only downfall I found was the size of the solar panel. Good for travel because it is small. I will take $70 plus postage should be $10 or less I imagine.
climberman
17/08/2014
8:50:44 AM
sweet, will PM.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
17/08/2014
9:32:08 AM
Regarding charging the slave unit with a small solar panel.
The concept from what I gather from their promo-blurb, combined with my previous work-experience with smallish solar panels, has pros and cons.

Small is light and travels well.

Small output Output Voltage: 5V Output Wattage: 3W Output Current: 200mA can vary depending on solar strength, effectively trickle charges the battery.
This is good for battery longevity, but could be an inconvenience if you want instant results...

The next model up (powermonkey extreme), states that the larger capacity (slave-power reserve) battery, takes 18-22 hours to recharge in optimum light conditions. This battery is about four times the capacity, so I'd expect about 6-8 hours to recharge the lighter model (165gm vs 456gm), that is available here.

Apparently the units have a velcro strap to attach them to your pack / tent / etc, and this implies that you can charge them 'on the go'(?), ... plus the units have an automatic cutout switch when fully charged, to prevent overcharging.

Both units have some magical property of optimising sun tracking in low light conditions... heh, heh, heh.

For the places I want to go and duration of time I want to spend at same, any recharge ability is better than none!

Technology is moving pretty rapidly in this area, but I think the thing holding back the independent charging systems is the batteries involved, more than the panels.

ajfclark
17/08/2014
9:36:17 AM
Batteries are the limiting factor on a good deal of mobile tech.
climberman
17/08/2014
1:29:16 PM
On 17/08/2014 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>Regarding charging the slave unit with a small solar panel.
>The concept from what I gather from their promo-blurb, combined with my
>previous work-experience with smallish solar panels, has pros and cons.
>
>Small is light and travels well.
>
>Small output Output Voltage: 5V Output Wattage: 3W Output Current:
>200mA can vary depending on solar strength, effectively trickle
>charges the battery.
>This is good for battery longevity, but could be an inconvenience if you
>want instant results...
>
>The next model up (powermonkey extreme), states that the larger capacity
>(slave-power reserve) battery, takes 18-22 hours to recharge in optimum
>light conditions. This battery is about four times the capacity, so I'd
>expect about 6-8 hours to recharge the lighter model (165gm vs 456gm),
>that is available here.
>
>Apparently the units have a velcro strap to attach them to your pack /
>tent / etc, and this implies that you can charge them 'on the go'(?), ...
>plus the units have an automatic cutout switch when fully charged, to prevent
>overcharging.
>
>Both units have some magical property of optimising sun tracking in low
>light conditions... heh, heh, heh.
>
>For the places I want to go and duration of time I want to spend at same,
>any recharge ability is better than none!
>
>Technology is moving pretty rapidly in this area, but I think the thing
>holding back the independent charging systems is the batteries involved,
>more than the panels.
>

Yeah, I'm looking to make sure I can have some charge at the end of five or six days on the Main Range. My general strategy is to leave the thing off, only turning on to text once or twice a day and have some backup capability (i.e., power monkey)

Loz and Tim
17/08/2014
6:31:39 PM
I have the Powermonkey Extreme. It works well except on a trip to Tassie last summer the panel melted! Left it in the sun all day, came back and it was all buckled, had bubbles in the resin on the panel and wouldn't close anymore. But still worked. I sent it back to the distributor and they promptly sent a replacement. Apart from that it's been great at keeping my phone charged when ive been away for several days at a time.
Maybe I shouldn't have left it in direct sunlight!!
climberman
17/08/2014
8:16:24 PM
On 17/08/2014 Loz and Tim wrote:
>I have the Powermonkey Extreme. It works well except on a trip to Tassie
>last summer the panel melted! Left it in the sun all day, came back and
>it was all buckled, had bubbles in the resin on the panel and wouldn't
>close anymore. But still worked. I sent it back to the distributor and
>they promptly sent a replacement. Apart from that it's been great at keeping
>my phone charged when ive been away for several days at a time.
>Maybe I shouldn't have left it in direct sunlight!!

OK, now that's kind of funny for a solar panel! I lol'd

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