Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $130
Great, rugged, waterproof, little solar charger. Works in low light and stores charge from the day so you can even use it at night. Comes with USB and several other adapters. Charges quickly and can charge an iPad.
- Charges quickly and in low light
- Small and waterproof
- Can charge an iPad
After doing TONS of research on portable solar chargers for both commercial and personal use I decided to go with the JOOS.
I usually spend 1-2 weeks at a time in remote areas of all different climates. The idea of having a flexible charger like the Global or Sunling brands appealed to me but I had some friends and a couple guides complain about effectiveness and wish that they had internal power storage.
It charges its internal battery pretty quickly and the charge rate is high enough to charge a cell phone while you are on it. I got the thing COVERED in mud down a very rainy/cloudy San Juan River trip and even though it blinked red (wanted more sun), it charged fully through the overcast sky and mud covered panel. I hiked with it strapped to my pack around Mammoth, Calif., and it did not get scratched up by the 60-70 mph wind gusts of sand and debris.
You can charge it at home through an adapter which I do before I travel now since I always end up stuck in an airport with no open charging stations. It took my personal and work cell from dead to full and then charged my video iPod and Zune with no worries. It even charged in the plane.
It is waterproof so you can strap it to your kayak. It is designed with a security loop so if you wanted to bike-chain it to something so it could charge at the camp site while you are gone you can.
8.5 x 5.75 x .75 inches, 24 ounces.
Note: if it blinks red at you it is still charging! It is just sad that it is not getting direct face time with the sun.
This thing is amazing, waterproof, and muddy sand stuck up the connector slot proof =).
Where to Buy
JOOS Orange gives you power anywhere without the compromises of other portable solar chargers. It’s tough: Super durable and waterproof, it reliably delivers power where and when you need it. The JOOS Orange works in real-world light conditions (low light, in the shade and even light rain) It works fast: Charges at least 3.5x faster than any other portable solar charger at the same price. The JOOS Orange is the best-performing solar charger under the sun.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The best-performing solar charger under the sun, JOOS Orange gives you power anywhere without the compromises of other portable solar chargers. It's tough, it reliably delivers power where and when you need it, it works in real-world light conditions, and it works fast.Winner of the 2011 "Best of Innovations Showcase Award" from the Consumer Electronics Association.
The JOOS Orange portable solar charger gives you access to endless solar energy. It charges devices in low light, shade and even light rain, up to 3.5 times faster than many other portable chargers. Charger is compatible with any USB device, including cell phones, smart phones, tablets, MP3 players, GPS units, portable game players and digital cameras. Tough and compact design is waterproof and portable for ease of use in a wide range of conditions. White case, internal heat sink and ventilation holes reduce heat absorption to help maximize energy-gathering efficiency. Internal, 5,400mAh battery can be charged with sunlight or from a USB power source; battery holds a charge for years and can charge an iPhone(R) up to 3.5 times. Fast and powerful charger converts 1 hr. in direct sunshine into as much as 2 hrs. of talk time on a 3G phone; it charges faster than your phone can use the power! myJoos dashboard displays the battery's charge level and how much solar power is being generated. Adjustable legs make it easy to keep the solar panel pointing toward the sun; lanyard hole lets you quickly clip the charger to carabiner or security cable. The JOOS Orange portable solar charger comes with PC/Mac software that monitors charging activity in real time.