Wednesday, December 24, 2014


If you have ever tried to find an affordable, durable, portable, and lightweight solar charger, then you are aware of the many varieties available on the market.  Even with all of the different choices, it is a little bit difficult to find one with all of these qualities in the same unit.  A few months ago, as a favor for a friend of a friend, and a distributor for the portable solar chargers, I was sent a unit to try out and provide some feedback. 

I must admit, when I first received the charger I was somewhat skeptical just holding it.  It felt a little on the light duty side and I was somewhat dubious if the overall performance of the battery life and charging level were going to be adequate.  After trying it out only a short while, my skepticism was no longer.  

The Solario solar charger is made of rugged, rubberized, weather resistant-type materials and is a great little unit that is very comparable to one of my well-known brand name portable solar charger, but is smaller and costs less.

When charging the unit with nearly clear or clear skies, it did take quite a while; around the 5-7 hour mark when the power level was 25%.  Charging it on a computer or using an outlet was definitely the most efficient way to go.  When fully charged, I was very impressed with its ability to hold a charge.  In my experience, it sat well over a week and still held the same power level.  It would have sat longer, but I needed to use it.  I believe it would have gone days more holding an adequate charge.

I used it to charge both my iPhone (4S) and my iPad 3. The lowest I had my iPhone battery was at 20%. I used the Solario and fully charged it in just over 3 hours and the unit still had 25% power remaining. The iPad, I only used this one time to bring the battery up a little. I did not try to fully charge the iPad since they require quite a bit more charging power than the phone.  The LED flashlight gives off a nice light and is an added bonus to the unit. I love the slim, lightweight design. Very easy to carry just about anywhere as a reliable charging unit for your mobile device.  Perfect for your purse, backpack, ATV, snowmobile, boat, motorcycle, or any other outdoor or day to day need.  I would definitely recommend it.

So if you are in the market for a very portable, rugged solar phone charger,  T.R.E.A.D. Outdoors has teamed up with SJS Direct and are offering a discount when you purchase a Solario solar charger through T.R.E.A.D. Outdoors' website.  Click on the link below and you will be directed to their product page on  When making your purchase, be sure to use the promo code "TREADFAN" and you will receive 10% off of your purchase!  
Perfect for the outdoor tech user or prepper!

The Solario solar charger.  It comes with a mini carabiner, a USB cable, and an Apple adapter.  Because the charging cord was not connected, I found it handy just to loop it in the opening of the device without hindering use.

The upper left side of the unit has a rubberized door that helps keep the weather or invasive type environments out.

Under the hinged rubber door, there is a USB and a micro USB port.

Built with rugged, rubberized type materials to endure the outdoor users lifestyle.  At 4.6 ounces and slightly larger than an iPhone (4S), it is an easy carry for great backup.

The four LED lights represent the remaining battery power.  Each light represents 25% power.  One light is 25% battery remaining.  Two lights is 50%, three lights is 75%, and all four is 100%.

The round rubberized button on the front is the power button.  Push once to indicate the amount of remaining battery power.

Double click the power button and activate the built-in LED flashlight.
The back of the case sports a rubberized honeycomb shape for extra grip.

The upper right side of the unit has a second USB port.

Because of its rugged exterior, I had no apprehensions attaching the charger to the front of my four wheeler.

The mini carabiner makes it super easy to attach to equipment or gear.

"Solar power is not about fashion, it's about survival."  --Sir Norman Foster

#solarcharger #prepper

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