I do like electronic gadgets and I like to keep my "things" charged. In prior times, electronic appliances were charged with a multitude of differing chargers with different plugs and voltages. We were stuck originally with NiCad rechargeable batteries that were 1.2 v and some gadgets used 4 or 6 batteries in series. Then came Lithium Ion batteries and eventually the world settled on a standard with the introduction of the single or double cell Li-ion or Li-Po: Lithium Polymer batteries. Most P&S Cameras use the single cell Li-Ion 3.8 V battery and are simply charged using a 5 V USB cable and either plugged into your computer, or an 110v-> 5v USB adapter. Computer USB plugs usually output 5v @ 500 ma .
I have a few gizmos which need to be charged and I am always looking for a portable solution to keep the juice flowing so a few years ago I picked up
a solar charger which also has an internal Li-Po 2,600 ma battery. The internal battery can be charged by plugging it into a computer USB or by using the supplied 110v adapter, or by putting it into the sunlight.
It came with 2 USB cables and you notice that the 4 LED status lights indicates that the internal battery is holding a FULL charge
I plugged my iPhone into it so I could charge the battery. Over the past week I have charged my iPhone 2 other times. This is a Cheap unit from China, the battery is 2,600 ma and it outputs 5v @ around 700 ma, so it is able to bring an iPhone up to a full charge from nearly empty in about 2 hours
Now my battery is not really that low and here it is showing 79% on the battery gauge. I wasn't checking the time but when I looked next it was 11:00 am and
It was now at 100% being fully charged
I also have a Mophie battery pack attached to my iPhone which which doubles the capacity of the iPhone battery and it also has LED status lights. 4 LED s shows that it is up to full charge. Each LED accounts for approx 25% battery power. I have had this particular solar charger for a few years but have never really used it. I notice now that the battery does not go to full capacity so basically I don't trust it anymore
I wanted to have charging options for this summer when I go on my bike vacation. There may be times where I will not have access to power and I wanted to have options to keep my gizmos charged. Many things nowadays are charged using a simple USB cable. Things like my GoProHero3, my Sena SMH10 Bluetooth headset,and my iPhone so I bought a new
Verbatim Power Bank. You notice that this is a 10,000 ma (10 amp) Hi capacity unit and it can output 5V at either 2A or 3A which means that it can charge my iPhone in under an Hour, or my Sena BT headset in about half an hour. I can also charge this Power Bank from 110V or by plugging it into the 12v power of my bike as I am riding across the Country
It comes with 2 USB cables
and uses standard USB output plugs. (2A and 3A), so this unit can also recharge an iPad which requires a 3A source
It also has LED status lights which show battery capacity which is left, and also charging . It also has "smart" detection circuitry. As soon as it detects that your gizmo that is being charged, no longer requires anymore input, it goes into standby mode to conserve battery power. Being slim and not very heavy I think I am going to put it into good use this Summer
Moto content below: I have been riding my Wee to work but my R1200R is not yet insured. I washed it last week and I still need to do a few maintenance items before it will be ready for the road.
It is Victoria Day this weekend which means that Monday is a Statutory Holiday here in BC and I was going to insure my Beemer on Saturday, but the forecast is not looking so good, so we'll see . . .