Creative Edge Solar 5 Portable Solar Charger
Charging Speed in Ideal Conditions4.0/10
Charging on Cloudy Skies3.0/10
Charging Multiple Devices7.0/10
- This unit is a very compact solar charger, which makes it ideal for daily urban use.
- The built-in 5,000 mAh internal battery compensates for the solar panel’s small surface area.
- You can recharge your battery from 0% to 30% for about 30 minutes.
- Very durable as it can take a few drops without presenting any problems.
- The rubber casing makes the unit shock proof.
- 1.2 Watts solar panel is so tiny compared to solar chargers available today.
- Some concerns with defective units and bad USB charging cord.
- Works more as a power bank than as a solar charger.
Mobile technology has indeed become an integral part of our lives. It is always there to record and share with the rest of the world the best moments of our lives. However, as we depend on mobile technology more, we also rely on our batteries to help us stay connected to the internet at all times. The need of having a reliable source of energy to refill our batteries is also steadily increasing. This is where you will find the Creative Edge Solar 5 Portable Charger helpful.
Creative Edge Solar 5 Portable Charger: Quick Facts
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WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
- Solar 5 solar panel charger
- 1 USB cable
- 1 Apple Lightning adapter
- 1 carabiner
The Creative Edge Solar 5 Portable Charger comes with a 1-year limited warranty. The folks at the Creative Edge are very helpful and are willing to replace problematic units or defective USB cords should you ever get one.
We tested the Creative Edge Solar 5 Portable Charger and found out that it performs ok, but not as good as the best solar phone chargers in our list. The solar panel has a very small surface area, only providing 1.2W of power. This means it converts sunlight to electricity slower than other portable solar chargers in the market today. However, unlike its competitors, this unit can charge your device even under a limited source of sunlight because of its internal battery.
If you are in a big hurry to recharge your mobile devices, this is definitely not the ideal solar charger for you. It is marketed as having to ability to charge your devices using solar power, but really, it relies more on its internal battery’s reserved power (from a wall socket, no less). You can recharge your battery from 0% to 30% for about 30 minutes.
This unit is a very compact solar charger, which makes it ideal for daily urban use. You can bring it anywhere you like – school, park, or somewhere in the wild. It doesn’t need to be directly under the sun. It can recharge the internal battery, albeit slower, even under a cloudy sky. As long as there is enough sunlight, you will be able to recharge your devices without hassle.
The built-in 5,000 mAh internal battery is also very useful. This compensates for the solar panel’s small surface area. Recharging it at home will help you reload your mobile devices easily while the solar panel serves as a back-up in case the power bank drains and you’re completely off grid. Finally, this unit is very durable as it can take a few drops without presenting any problems. The rubber casing shock-proofs the whole unit.
The Creative Edge Solar 5 Portable Charger measures 5.5 x 0.4 x 3.1 inches and weighs 5.3 ounces. It can easily be carried outside a backpack by hanging it using the carabiner. There is a small handle on the top of the unit that allows you to place the carabiner.
There is a small button and four LED indicators just below the handle. The LED indicators tell you the current power level of the internal battery. The two USB ports can be found on either side of the unit. The USB ports are protected by small rubber covers to shield it against elements such as dust and water. The built-in flashlight is very useful for emergency cases or when you are camping.
This particular portable solar charger comes in black only. The carabiner is very useful for hanging the unit outside the backpack or in any place where there is abundant sunlight.
If you want your mobile devices’ batteries to be always recharged, the best way to do so is to invest in a reliable portable charger. The Creative Edge Solar 5 is a good option since it works mainly as a power bank. With its 5,000 mAh internal battery, you can always be sure that you will have a good power backup. But as a solar charger, it is not a good option. I will take a good amount of time to charge a 5,000 mAh battery with a meager 1.2 W solar panel!
If you’re looking for the best solar power charger (charging directly from the sun), then we would recommend Anker 21W Solar Charger. If you want a solar charger that has a built-in battery pack to charge your device when the sun’s out, we would recommend Solartab.