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Conclusions after one month May 28, 2008

Posted by jupiterorbit in Solar Energy.

It has now been one month since I started using the Solio portable solar charger. I’ve used it at home, taken it on holiday with me and had a good chance to play around with it and charge a number of devices. In conclusion, I would have to say that such a device is mostly a frivolous purchase for someone who lives in a city with access to constant mains electricity. It’s a great thing to have if you regularly run out of power on your mobile phone live in a very summary climate, however, in the UK when the sun rarely shines, I have found it a pain to keep the Solio constantly charged up. In average UK weather, which is mostly cloudy, most of the time, it takes about a week to charge the Solio up about half way (if you’re lucky).  On the odd occassion when we do get very sunny weather, you can boost the battery up to full charge in about one to two days of constant sun.

If you happen to be going on holiday to a sunny climate where you know access to mains electricity will be sparse then the Solio is a great device to own. You could leave it charging in a south facing hotel room, or if you’re climbing/walking/mountain biking you could also hang the Solio off the back of your backpack.

Ultimately, when you’re in a city, with constantly mains power and going from home to office, there’s no real use for a Solio when you can always just plug in most of your devices in to the socket at home or at work. For all those in this situation who still run out of power and need emergency backup then SHAME ON YOU FOR BEING LAZY! 🙂



1. frank - June 7, 2008

cool blog!!! I like this one and solardoug.wordpress.com . I love all the solar issues. Keep up the great work our planet deserves it. It’s been great to us and let’s be great to it. It’s everybodies duty to chip in and help mother earth. Alternitive energy is the least we can.

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