Practicality Above the “Cool” Factor
Sure, it is cool to have a solar charger which you just point at the sun, and it instantly sends a stream of electric energy into your smartphone, charging it up just like you would sitting in your house and plugged into the socket. Well, things don’t really work this way. In most cases, the best you’re going to squeeze out of the solar chargers without batteries is just above two amps of charging power and that only in the direct, summer sunlight. But, there is no reason to worry, because the iBeek 10000 mAh solar battery charger is the perfect compromise.
A very sturdy and durable little machine, the iBeek features a battery of decent capacity which will keep your mobile phone full, even a few times over, and this is more than enough if you are just like the most of the people on the planet Earth – meaning you do not spend a lot of time of the grid. In the extreme case that you get stuck in the wilderness of Montana for a few days, you can still use the solar panels as an emergency energy source.
Full of Handy Gadgets
The iBeek charger is tough and sturdy thanks to the tough frame and the materials surrounding it. A drop or two will not break it, and the occasional drop of rain will not bother it at all, just grab a cloth and wipe off the moisture. Campers, fishermen, hunters and hikers will love it since it also features a very practical dual LED flashlight and a built-in compass. So, don’t be afraid of the dark and do not worry that you will lose your way in the outdoors.
Furthermore, it clips on to your backpack or your pants easily, thanks to the steel hook and it comes with a very handy LED battery charging status indicators. This way you will always be able to see how much juice you have left in your battery.
Can it Really Harness the Sun?
Well, not really. The manufacturer states that the efficiency of solar energy transformation to electric energy is 30% at the most, meaning that many different factors can hinder this percentage. The solar charging feature should only be used as a last resort, and you should leave the work to the 10000 mAh battery, which will easily put out around 2.1 A and 1.0 on the two USB ports, respectively.
Therefore, if you plan to spend more than a few days or a week out of reach of civilization, you might think about a more serious solar charger with greater power output. If not, the iBeek is more than enough to fulfill your needs.
Should I Buy It?
A very affordable price, good build quality and loads of practical feature like the flashlight and the compass make the iBeek 10000 mAh a good choice and you will certainly not regret buying one.