It has nothing to do with electric bills, that was never a problem but I have always believed that if we do our own little share to save energy, we will have a better planet.
I have met a person who claims to have bought a Solar Charger from Digi-King (yes NOT CD-R King), this is a small store for gadgets in Robinson’s Pioneer, and he told me that the device was actually cool, however, when I went to the store, it was actually out of stock.
I never had the chance to go back there to see if stocks are replenished as I had to go to Singapore.
I almost bought the Aigo for SGD 100.00 but I had second thoughts as they will not cover any damages that will be incurred to my phone.
Then I saw the CD-R King Solar Charger, it was PHP 600.00.
I believed that this could be the solution to my charging needs! I was thinking of leaving this device near the window all day and have it charge my phone at night.
It had an internal battery and a built in flash light (same feature with Solio and Aigo) which will safely charge your phone as the power will be coming from its internal battery.
I also did not worry about the damages it will do to my phone as I have decided to use it purely on my company phone so it will never hurt me if things go wrong.
When I finally got my hands on the device, you can immediately say that the build quality is not good, as expected with its price.
It has two light indicators, one to indicate that it’s charging the internal battery and one to indicate that it’s charging another device (like a phone).
The package comes with a lot of jacks for different kinds of phones.
Something that surprised me in the package is the presence of an AC Adapter and Cigarette Plug (used for charging in cars), later I realized that these are available in case you want to charge it using electricity, which is also a good option if you have no time to charge it using the Sun.
Initially, I charged this device using the AC Adapter, I was so excited, and after a couple of hours, the red LED indicator went off and was fully charged. I plugged my phone and it did charge it without any problem. I tried to charge my Motorola BT Headset, Jabra A125s and older Nokia Phones and it all worked, except when I plugged my ASUS PDA.
I soon found out that it does not have the required ampere to charge a PDA. This is something that should have been clarified in the package.
After using up all of its battery, I left it outside the house to charge on Solar Energy (as it should) when I checked it out before leaving my house, the red LED was well lit which means charging is in progress.
After a day, I got the charger and plugged it on my phone. After more that 8 hours under the Sun, it was only able to charge my mobile phone for less than 5 minutes!!! I was quite disappointed with the outcome as I was very sure that we had a very good and sunny day.
I tried charging the device under the Sun for 4 days and on the 5th day, I plugged my phone to it to have it charged while it was under the Sun, it was only able to charge my phone for 15 minutes, it cannot even sustain a charge for my phone when it was under the Sun.
I was very disappointed with the performance of my first ever Solar Charger as it did not perform as expected. The only use I have for it right now is that I have it plugged everyday and leave it in my bag as an emergency charger when one of my phones need it.
The only power it can generate using its Solar Panels will only light up its tiny flash light which may actually be useful someday.
I think as of now, the technology is not yet as cheap and all I can say is that I got what I paid for.
Sometimes I ask myself, will the more expensive versions work better? Maybe time will tell but for now, I sticking with my old fashioned wall charger.
A solar charger for a mobile phone is cool, but I think it’s not yet ready for regular consumers like us.
If you have a good experience on this gadget and think that the device I got was a lemon, please send me an e-mail.