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5 tips on using a solar charger for your mobile phone



Recharge anywhere the sun shines this summer holiday

Having a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet means you can recharge your gear anywhere the sun shines. Perfect for travel, camping and most of all emergencies. Remember summer power failures, anyone?

Imagine a holiday with no flat battery moments but instead the convenience of your camera and mobile phone fully usable anywhere. Solar power for your mobile devices also means you are taking less power from the grid – saving the planet one recharge at a time AND saving money.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your solar charger, whether this is for camping or everyday.

  1. 1. To increase the efficiency of your solar charger, make sure the panels directly face the sun at all times. As the sun moves across the sky throughout the day, adjust your solar charger accordingly. Pop it onto the car console or dashboard while driving to catch some rays. Leave it on the window sill at home through the day so you can recharge off the grid at night.
  2. 2. If you are charging through a window, windscreen, etc, be aware that the charging times will be increased especially if your windows are tinted.
  3. 3. A great way to use a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet while camping or bushwalking is to WEAR IT! Strap it to your backpack and recharge your portable battery anywhere you go. Then its on hand to charge up your phone, camera, GPS or the kid’s iPod (so you can enjoy the serenity a bit longer).
  4. 4. The power of the sun’s rays depend on the season, as during summer the earth faces more directly towards the sun. So charge times can vary depending on the season where you are. The time of day is also an important factor to consider when using your solar charger. You will get the best performance when the sun is at the highest point in the sky, usually at noon. In fact, an hour charging at Noon will give better charge than a few hours later on the same day.
  5. 5. Extreme weather can affect your solar charger’s efficiency, so if its baking hot, protect your charger from until its a little cooler, ideally less than 45deg C.

Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au has solar chargers from leading brands including Powertraveller. From the waterproof Powermonkey Expedition or to the family sized pairing of Powergorilla + Solargorilla, from waterproof Powermonkey Extreme 12V to the all-in-one Solarmonkey Adventurer, we have a solar charger to suit your lifestyle and mobile devices.

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