solargorilla solar charger reviewed at Absolute Gadget
Solar cells have been around for a long time, but they have been out of reach of many due to the cost. Powertraveller has brought out a new solar charger not only capable of charging up your mobile phone or iPhone, but also your laptop as well.
The solargorilla bears no resemblance to any primate we've ever seen, but despite the strange title, it manages to deliver juice to your electronic gadget as long as it's a reasonably sunny day.
It is about the size as an A4 piece of paper when folded and comes with enough adaptors to recharge just about anything you connect to it. The only thing is appears to need extra accessories for is a MacBook. Powertraveller recommends that you also buy an Apple MagSafe airline adaptor and one of their universal car charger sockets.
While earlier in the year, the solargorilla may not be a great option of recharging a phone, over the last couple of weeks, the intense sunshine we've had in the UK has meant that charging was a viable alternative to using fossil fuels.
In tests it managed to charge our Nokia 6300 from flat in a few hours. Our Sony-Ericsson W910i initially refused to play ball but ten minutes suddenly vibrated and appeared to charge up normally. If you want to charge up an iPod a separate tip (also known as a monkeynut), is required but still won't charge up iPods with firewire connectors.
The unit itself looks rugged and scratchproof and the hinge appears robust enough with the ability to easily attach it to the side of a tent (handy when you want to recharge at Glastonbury). It also comes with a neoprene case.
For £140, the solargorilla will be worth getting if you intend to spend a lot of the summer at festivals or outdoor camping, where electrically is naturally hard to come by.