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LIGHTWEIGHT RUGGED SOLAR POWERED CHARGER

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Now introducing the luminous edition of our powermonkey explorer.  Use the sun's rays to charge the luminosity and then find it in our bag or tent at night with ease!

** GREY version comes with free limited edition Zip travel case  - While stocks last**

From the heart of Africa to the Hardanger Glacier, the Apple approved powermonkey explorer portable charger has proved to be an invaluable piece of kit, providing essential power in the most remote locations. Incorporating the solarmonkey solar charger, the powermonkey explorer lets you charge wherever, whenever.


The powermonkey explorer is not just for adventure travellers.  Compatible with the majority of smartphones including iPhone and BlackBerry, mobile phones, iPods, MP3 / MP4, PDAs and portable games consoles, the powermonkey explorer is a portable charger for your 5V devices - giving you 96 hours of standby on your mobile, 40 hours on your iPod, 5 hours on your games console, 48 hours on your PDA and 6 hours on MP3/MP4 players.

Make sure your powermonkey explorer's got full power at all times by charging one of three ways: via the included universal mains charger, via USB or via the included solar panel.

The solar panel draws power from the sun and coverts it into handy power to charge your device. The powermonkey explorer features state-of-the-art MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) technology which enables more efficient charging of the powermonkey battery unit in low light conditions.

The kit includes a useful Velcro strap, enabling the solarmonkey to be attached to a rucksack or tent - perfect for charging the powermonkey battery unit when you're out and about in the sun.

Ultra compact, tough, powerful and works with iPhone & Made for iPod approved, the powermonkey explorer is water resistant and made from rubberised casing so can take whatever life throws at it, yet it remains the lightest, most versatile portable charger available today.

Works With

Hand-held Cameras/Action Cameras
PDAs
iPhones/Smart Phones
Mobile Phone
iPods/MP3/MP4
PSP/Hand-held/Games Consoles
Sat-Navs/GPS
Head Torches

Will Also Work With

Hand-held Cameras/Action Cameras
Sat-Navs/GPS
Head Torches

 

Number of Charges

iPhone/smartphone         1-2 times

GPS                                    1-2 times

iPod/MP3 players            2-6 times

Mobile phone                   2-3 times

Click here to download the product datasheet
Milliamps Hour (mAh): 2200
Dimensions (L*H*W cm): Battery: 9 x 3.5 x 3
Battery Type: Lithium-Ion
Voltage: USB 5V

Safety Features:
Short circuit protection
Over-charging protection
Over-dischargng protection

Parameters:
Battery unit:
Battery Capacity: 2200mAh
Input Interface: DC 3.5 x 1.1mm
Input Voltage: 5V 600mA
Output Interface: DC 3.5 x 1.1mm
Output Voltage: 4.5 ~ 5.5V
Output Current: 700mA max
Weight: 83g
Dimension: 90 x 35 x 36 m
Water Resistant

Solar panel:
Output Interface: 3.5 x 1.1mm
Output Voltage: 5V
Output Current: 200mA can vary depending on solar strength.
Weight: 82g
Dimensions: 110 x70 x 10mm when folded.

powermonkey explorer portable charger: battery unit and solar panel

9 x mobile device tips including; Nokia (tail of monkey), DC 2.0 (mini Nokia), Mini USB, Micro USB, Apple iPod/iPhone (3G/3GS/4/4S), Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, DC 4.0 (Sony PSP), Nintendo DSi

Universal AC mains charger

Velcro strap

Travel pouch

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Outdoor Enthusiast features the powermonkey explorer
Outdoor Enthusiast features the powermonkey explorer

Outdoor trade magazine Outdoor Enthusiast reviews the powermonkey explorer as part of a feature on portable power.

powermonkey explorer in Conde Nast Traveler
powermonkey explorer in Conde Nast Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler online has featured our powermonkey explorer in their Travel Gift Guide feature!
 

Click here for the full article
powermonkey extreme and explorer in Wired mag, Aug 2012
powermonkey extreme and explorer in Wired mag, Aug 2012

Check out this fab comparison review of solar chargers by Wired magazine!

In tests against the Eton Raptor, the Freeloader Pro and Freeloader classic, the powermonkey extreme and powermonket explorer out-performed brilliantly!
 

Hereford Times and powermonkey explorer
Hereford Times and powermonkey explorer

The Hereford Times gives the award-winning powermonkey explorer a mention in its June edition.

powermonkey explorer in MCN
powermonkey explorer in MCN

The powermonkey explorer get 5 stars in MCN's review!

"There's nothing not to like here.  Surprisingly useful, just charge it up, stick it in your rucksack and forget about it until you need it."

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What do the symbols on the LCD screen mean?

Refer to following photo of powermonkey explorer LCD screen...

1. Screen displays battery capacity and level of charge in powermonkey explorer
2. When the internal battery is getting low, the battery icon on the LCD display will flash to indicate that the powermonkey explorer needs to be re-charged
3. Internal blue light lets you see screen at all times
4. By holding down the on/off button for 3 seconds, the user can turn off the LCD display to save power. To turn back on, hold down the on/off button again for 3 seconds.

Can I use my powermonkey mains charger to charge my devices directly?

Yes, you can use your powermonkey mains charger to charge your devices directly, as the tips for the powermonkey as compatible with the mains charger.  Please be aware that the mains charger does not have the complicated technology that the powermonkey has, so your device may not recognise the charger.  Please also note that the mains charger does not have protection circuits such as overcharging protection, which is incorporated within the powermonkey. However, most modern devices have this built in so harm to your device is unlikely.  Powertraveller cannot accept any responsibility to damage caused to devices when being charged from the mains charger.

I need an in car-charger for my powermonkey. What do you recommend?

Buy one of our fantastic motormonkeys!  You can charge your powermonkey using the retractable USB cable that comes with both the powermonkey and motormonkey kits.

My powermonkey explorer will not turn on?

Please ensure you hold the ON / OFF button down for a full 3 seconds.

Why does my powermonkey explorer turn off after a couple of minutes?

It could be your devices need less power, so the monkey it shutting off.  Please turn your monkey on and then press the button twice.  Now you will be able to manually turn your monkey off when you need to.

Will my motormonkey recharge my powermonkey?

Yes, please connect the retractable USB cable to your motormonkey and insert the other end directly into the charge socket of your powermonkey

Can I leave my solar panel charging my powermonkey permanently?

No, it is not advised to leave your panel constantly connected to your powermonkey as this will reduce the units effectiveness over time. For example: leaving the panel and powermonkey on your car dash board for weeks is not advisable.

Will the powermonkey charge my Iridium 9500 Sat Phone?

Unfortunately, the powermonkey will not be a suitable accessory for the Iridium 9500. This phone is only rechargeable via a cigarette lighter socket. The solution would be to buy either a minigorilla plus female lighter socket or a powergorilla (female socket included). Both gorilla products would need to be set at 12V to recharge the Iridium phone.

The newer Iridium phones - 9505a and the 9555 - do have a DC in port and are therefore compatible with the powermonkey.

Will the powermonkey classic, explorer or extreme charge my Iridium 9500 Sat Phone?

Unfortunately, the powermonkey classic and powermonkey explorer will not be a suitable accessory for the Iridium 9500. This phone is only rechargeable via a cigarette lighter socket. The solution would be to buy either a powermonkey extreme which now has a 12V output, a minigorilla plus female lighter socket or a powergorilla (female socket included). Both gorilla products would need to be set at 12V to recharge the Iridium phone.

The newer Iridium phones - 9505a and the 9555 - do have a DC in port and are therefore compatible with the powermonkey.

What is the difference between the powermonkey extreme and the powermonkey explorer?

The powermonkey extreme has a larger battery capacity and is also waterproof rather than just water resistant. The extreme solar panel has twice the power output of the explorer solar panel.  The powermonkey extreme also has a second power output port which is 5 volts at 2.1amps, allowing the extreme to charge tablets such as the Apple iPad and other 5v 2.1amp tablets.

What is the difference between the powermonkey discovery and the powermonkey classic or powermonkey explorer?

The powermonkey discovery houses a 3500mAh lithium polymer battery. The powermonkey classic and powermonkey explorer house a 2200mAh lithium-ion battery.

The powermonkey discovery has LEDs to show the level of charge remaining in the unit and whilst the powermonkey classic does not, the powermonkey explorer has a LCD screen to show level of charge remaining.

Both the powermonkey discovery and powermonkey classic are neither water-resistant nor waterproof - the powermonkey explorer is water-resistant.

The powermonkey explorer also comes with a water-resistant, folding solar panel to allow you to recharge the powermonkey explorer unit directly from the sun.

The powermonkey discovery does not come with a universal mains charger, both the powermonkey classic and the powermonkey explorer do.

The powermonkey discovery has a different form-factor to the powermonkey classic and powermonkey explorer. The powermonkey discovery is the same shape as an iPhone and measures about two thirds of the size. The powermonkey classic and powermonkey explorer are bullet-shaped.

Can my Sony DSC HX 9V digital camera be charged by my powermonkey?

Currently we do not have a tip for this camera. However, use the female USB tip on the tail of the monkey, along with the camera USB data/charging cable and you will be able to charge the camera.

The powermonkey explorer will not charge my camera - why?

Digital cameras are one of the most awkward devices to get to work with third party chargers. Some digital cameras can only be charged if you have to remove the battery to charge it and generally do not have a DC-in socket. If this is the case, the powermonkey will not be compatible. If the camera has a DC-in port - usually a round pin - then the powermonkey should POWER it. It is rare that a camera will accept a charge from this port so the powermonkey will act as an external battery.

If your camera has a USB data / charging cable, you may be able to use the female USB socket tip alongside this and charge your camera that way.  Please ensure that your camera requires only up to 5v to charge.  You can check this on the transformer box of the mains charger for the cable - look for power output voltage.

What is MPPT technology?

MPPT stands for Maximum Power Point Tracker.  It is a solar energy detection feature within the battery which allows the solar panel to charge your device efficiently even in low light conditions.

If I am not going to use my monkey or gorilla charger for a while, is it best to store it with a charge remaining?

Yes.  If you plan to store your gorilla or monkey portable charger for a long period of time without use, it should be stored with at least 60% charge remaining.  This helps keeps the internal battery in good condition.

What devices can my powermonkey explorer charge?

Your powermonkey explorer can charge a wide range of handheld devices such as mobile phones, iPod / MP3 players, PDAs, Sat Navs, handheld games consoles and much more!

What is the difference between the powermonkey classic and the powermonkey explorer?

The powermonkey explorer is more advanced.  It has an LCD screen to display remaining battery capacity, is shock and water resistant and has a larger amount of safety features including auto-shut off to save power.  It also comes with the solarmonkey as standard.

How do I know the powermonkey explorer is safe to use with my device?

The powermonkey has an output voltage of between 4.5v and 5.5v.  Please check the documentation for your device to ensure your device requires a voltage within the powermonkey range.  The powermonkey will then auto adjust the voltage as required by your device, it will also know when your device is charged to prevent overcharging.

Can I charge my device directly from the solar panel?

We do not recommend that you do this as the panel does not have the complicated technology that the powermonkey unit has and some devices may not charge. Use the solar panel primarily to recharge the powermonkey battery unit.

Is the powermonkey explorer waterproof?

No.  The powermonkey is only water resistant, meaning that it can withstand splashes of water and not become damaged if it begins raining while it is outside charging. You should not leave your powermonkey outside in the rain for extended periods of time.

Can I use a Nokia charger to charge my powermonkey?

No, the older style Nokia chargers may fit but will damage the internals of the powermonkey.  Nokia chargers use a pulse type charge and this will damage the circuits inside the powermonkey.

Will my powermonkey explorer charge my laptop?

No, laptops require a much greater voltage than the powermonkey is able to provide.  Please consider the powergorilla.

How can I recharge my powermonkey explorer?

You can recharge the powermonkey from the mains, via USB or from the solar panel (all included in the pack).

I cannot get my powermonkey to charge via the solar panel?

Please follow these tips:

 - Ensure the solar panel is in direct sunlight (glass will not allow the solarmonkey to work efficiently)
 - Allow the solar panel 30 seconds to soak up the sun before plugging the solarmonkey into your powermonkey explorer
 - Make sure the solarmonkey is facing the sun and rotate the panels as the sun moves throughout the sky during the day
 - Make sure the panels are clean and free from any dust or dirt
 - Please do not expect the solar panel to work on overcast days or when the solar strength is not at the recommended level
 - Ensure the powermonkey is turned off once charging has started (hold down the button for 5 seconds)
 - Please disconnect the powermonkey from the solar panel once there is insufficient sun to charge the powermonkey (i.e. early evening & night time)

My powermonkey explorer turns itself off, is this normal?

The powermonkey may auto-shut off to save power. This is either because the powermonkey cannot detect it is charging anything or your device is fully charged.

If the Powermonkey is turning off prematurely on all new models you will be able to press the on-off switch quickly twice to lock on. The LCD screen will flash and remain illiuminated to confirm the Powermonkey is locked ON - repeat the steps to re-activate the auto-off feature.

The powermonkey explorer will not charge my camera - why?

Digital cameras are one of the most awkward devices to get to work with third party chargers.  Some digital cameras can only be charged if you have to remove the battery to charge it and generally do not have a DC-in socket.  If this is the case, the powermonkey will not be compatible.  If the camera has a DC-in port - usually a round pin - then the powermonkey should POWER it.  It is rare that a camera will accept a charge from this port so the powermonkey will act as an external battery.

Is the powermonkey explorer available in different colours?

Yes, the powermonkey explorer is available in Blue, Grey, Pink and Yellow.

What is the difference between the powermonkey classic and the powermonkey explorer?

The powermonkey explorer is more advanced.  It has an LCD screen to display remaining battery capacity, is shock and water resistant and has a larger amount of safety features, including auto-shut off to save power.  It also comes with the solarmonkey as standard.

Where can I purchase additional powermonkey tips?

Please use our online tip selector to find the appropriate tip for your device. 

Can I use a Nokia charger to charge my powermonkey?

No, the older style Nokia chargers may fit but will damage the internals of the powermonkey.  Nokia chargers use a pulse type charge and this will damage the circuits inside the powermonkey.

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