Recommendation on iPhone 4 Solar Charger?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by bella92108, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. bella92108 macrumors 68000

    Mar 1, 2006
    So I'm interested in charging options for situations where I don't have a plug. I have a battery pack that charges the phone, but it's not ideal as then I always have to manage keeping it charged... and I see solar chargers, but I tried one last year on my 3GS and they're just not great, and most don't work. I've heard from some that there are some that work, but nobody seems to know what brand. Any suggestion would be appreciated.
  2. james92se macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    I would say that even a well-built solar charger for the iPhone would be pointless. The surface area is just not enough to produce any sort of significant charge.

    Even backpacks with large solar panels on them are hardly able to charge/power cell phones and similar accessories.

    I guess an iPhone solar charger might charge your phone up to 20-30% if you laid it out in the sun ALL day, but who would want to do that?
  3. hatersgonnahate macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2010
  4. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Mar 1, 2006
    Hmm, I hadn't really thought of it that way... kinda like the people who coat their entire house's roof with solar panels for $10,000 to be able to generate enough electricity to run their refrigerator ... lol, good point. Guess I stick to the old ball and chain wall charger and battery pack :)
  5. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Mar 1, 2006
  6. james92se macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    Dallas, TX

    I see even from that website that a full 2 hours of DIRECT sunlight only offers 30 minutes of talk time.

    It's really just kind of useless/impractical on several levels IMO

    But I'd still love to see some actual tests of it just out of pure curiosity so maybe you should get it and let us know how it works :p
  7. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Mar 1, 2006
    I'll fly if you buy :)
  8. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    If I was out in the middle of nowhere, even only 30 minutes of talk time from a two hour solar charge would be useful. If you're not a camper or someone who doesn't have regular access to electrical outlets, you probably wouldn't need this.
  9. BurntReality macrumors 6502


    Jun 21, 2010
    Tyler, TX
  10. james92se macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    Dallas, TX
  11. Seedling, Oct 25, 2010
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2011

    Seedling macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2010
    Every phone you buy seems to have a different charger with a different phone interface. Energizer has found a way to streamline this.

    The marketing company I work for recently entered into a campaign with Energizer for their new Qi (pronounced chee) line of charging stations. Energizer Inductive Charging Stations brings consumers the freedom to charge their smartphones, MP3 players, cameras – any device 5W or less – on a single charging station, regardless of manufacturer.

    The charging pads were designed in cooperation with Wireless Power Consortium co-founder Convenient Power and became available in October at Target and to start.

    Check out the site for more info:
    Energizer Qi
  12. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Mar 1, 2006
    Yeah, until real manufacturers decide they'll support it (right now they laugh at it's inefficiency), it'll never become popular. Nobody wants to have to put their phone in a tacky sleeve to charge it. That's ridiculous.
  13. appleaddiction, Jun 12, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2012

    appleaddiction macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    iPhone Solar Charger

    I do a lot of hiking and I have owned a few solar chargers for my iPhone in the past. My most recent and also my favorite is the SunLeaf. It has six collapsible panels so it doesn't take up much room in my pack, but it folds out to be pretty big so it always charges my phone quickly. It offers a good amount of power output (up to 1,000 mAh) in bright sunlight.

    I find if I leave my phone off while it is charging, I can get about 60 minutes of talk time or over three hours of music playback(in airplane mode) from about an hour in the sun.

    They gave me a coupon for $15 off for friends. Code: PROMOAA

    you can find it at the website:
  14. 5785 macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2012
    iPhone solar charger

    Has the phone has to be connected all time to charge or can its collect energy for when i need it. Maybe charge on sun during day and use it if needed during the night?
  15. Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    An entire roof of solar panels would run much more than just a refrigerator. Depending of course on the size of the roof and type of panels.
  16. goingblue99 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2013
  17. Mikesus macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2011
  18. WillardRose, Oct 14, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2013

    WillardRose macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2013
    Cost of installation of roof solar panels is quiet high with low output... I will surely not prefer them..
  19. mtbdudex, Mar 6, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2014

    mtbdudex macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2007
    SE Michigan
    MacRumors geeks - time for 2014 update:
    We are going on vacation this summer, including Yellowstone, camping w/o power. Therefore we are looking for a good quality solar USB charger for our devices. Any suggestions based on real world experience/usage?
    Budget say $40 or so?

    I did a search and came across this thread, so instead of creating my own posted in it, forum etiquette 101

    We have 2 iPhone 5s's, and kids use our old iPhone 4 as iPod's
  20. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA
    Recommendation on iPhone 4 Solar Charger?

    If you charge your iPhone 4 nightly, you should get a battery case. It charges by micro usb and both, the iPhone and battery case, will be full by morning and you will be set for the day.
    uNu Power DX External Protective Battery Case for iPhone 4S & 4 - MFI Apple Certified (Matte Black, Fit All Models iPhone 4 & 4S)


    How long is the camping trip?

    If money was no problem, I would get this package to last me a week (based of the devices you listed)

    Anker® 14W Solar Panel Foldable Dual-port Solar Charger for 5V USB-charged Devices Including GPS Units, iPhone, iPad, Android Phones and Android Tablets

    Anker® 2nd Gen Astro3 12000mAh External Battery Charger with PowerIQ Technology for Smartphones and Tablets such as iPhone 5s, Galaxy S5, iPad Air, Mini, Galaxy Tab and More
    Anker® Astro E5 15000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger Ultra-High Density External Battery Pack for iPad Air, Mini, iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Galaxy Tab 3, 2, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, MOTO X, LG Optimus and more (Apple 30 pin and lightning, Samsung 30 pin adapter, not included) - White

    During the day use the solar charger to charge the battery pack and at night use the battery pack to fully charge the devices.

    I have both of the battery packs listed but not the solar charger. I recommend both.
  21. billiboy macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2014
    i have tested 4 solar charger non work fast very low
    did not find one good :confused: :(:(:(
  22. jnuuers macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2013
    San Francisco
    I got one question---Does solar charger works the same with original cellphone charger?
    I mean the cellphone shows that it is full charged, but the battery can't last for a long time.
    Is that the case?

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