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    solar charger?

    Im a big golfer. Play 18 every saturday and sunday and a few afternoons in the week. I love my gps app but it struggles to last 4 hours. The perfect solution is a solar charger. I know they exist but do they work? Anyone tried one?
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    I have one I received at a seminar. I have it wedged between the headliner and windshield in my car. I'll test it out this weekend and let you know. It takes 50 hours to recharge the charger battery via solar power but it can be charged in 1-2 hours via a USB cable.
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    Don't make Al Gore mad at you by using that USB connector.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jakegsxr11 View Post
    I have one I received at a seminar. I have it wedged between the headliner and windshield in my car. I'll test it out this weekend and let you know. It takes 50 hours to recharge the charger battery via solar power but it can be charged in 1-2 hours via a USB cable.
    Im not understanding. Thought a solar charger was just a panel that would connect to the phone and keep it charging. Sounds to me like its an external battery with a solar panel on it that doesnt function well
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    solar charger?-screenshot_2012-06-30-11-20-10.png

    Nevermind, don't. Need one. Using smart actions to shut down gps and data when i turn off the screen i managed 5 hours at the course and only a 10% drain on battery.
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    Solar charger

    Quote Originally Posted by 92ehatch View Post
    Im a big golfer. Play 18 every saturday and sunday and a few afternoons in the week. I love my gps app but it struggles to last 4 hours. The perfect solution is a solar charger. I know they exist but do they work? Anyone tried one?
    Ok.. I had need of a solar charger. I have the kind with AA batteries in it as a backup, but found another one that charges on the fly. It is so powerful that I got a Micro USB Y-Splitter and can charge 2 Moto Bionic's at the same time

    TSS YG-050. When looking at the TSSS be sure to look for the YG-050. There are TG-030 and lower model numbers, they have less juice. Please keep in mind that this thing is a good size. I used it in Disney World and camping strapped to my backpack.

    One this that separated it from other solar panels, it effectively charged even in low light or cloud covered days
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    I tried a solar charger but found that it was much simpler to throw a spare battery in my pocket.
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    True..

    I understand that the spare battery is probably easier, overall. Nevertheless the conversation surrounded using a solar charger, not if you have access to a spare battery.

    Besides, when I have been on camping trips, Disney, golfing GPS software, etc. they will crank through a battery (or a spare too). A solar charger sure is a nice way to keep your battery charged, until the sun goes down. THEN you have the spare battery for events in the evening.

    IF you have need of a solar panel, I was providing input to the topic.
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    I was at ComicCon in San Diego yesterday and someone had a backpack with solar panels. Nice when you're outdoors. Solar Charger, Solar Backpack, Solar Laptop Charger, USB Battery
    Last edited by aaf709; 07-19-2012 at 09:37 AM.
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    There was a news story on the forums a while ago about a charger that works off water but i will try to find and post a link for ya.

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/dro...ful-water.html
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